There are many movies portraying professional photographers. The characters in the movies make their living taking pictures, and you would expect them to be skilled in the use of a camera. It would be nice if the actors appeared to be similarly adept; but that doesn’t often happen. Here’s my analysis of a few films…. [Read More]
Last summer, I joined the ImageMakers of Monterey. Part of the application procedure was a photographic autobiography. Some of you may be interested in the early part. In 1951 or 1952, when I was eight or nine, my parents bought me a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. It took 12 2 1/4 square pictures on a… [Read More]
Yesterday, I attended Charles Cramer’s excellent lecture at the Sunset Center. Charlie asked me to say a few words about soft proofing. Some things occurred to me that I would have said had I more time and presence of mind. Fortunately, I have this blog. Soft proofing is visualizing the final hard copy from an… [Read More]
In most of the last half of the 20th century, the weapon of choice for low-light candid photography was the 35mm rangefinder camera. There were lots of reasons. The cameras were small and light. The focal-plane shutters were quieter than SLR shutters (except for the tiny number of SLRs with pellicle mirrors), and not much… [Read More]
Today I received a letter from Dell. It started out: Dear Current Occupant: Your dedicated account team is now in place to help your business. I didn’t feel much like reading further.