Photos scanned and stored consistently: never lose an image

Maybe you’re old enough to remember what it felt like to have a stack of prints, negatives or slides in your hand as the result of your photographic labour. Or maybe you’re less of a fossil than that and your results reside in a folder on a hard drive, on or off site. In either case, as a (semi) professional photographer you need to have a filing system that will allow you to locate a file, negative or print quickly and have some details on lens used, camera used, film or (digital) processing used, etc. so you can re-create an iconic image with some consistency. 

This blog post shows you my MO when it comes to keeping tabs on what I did and where the results are stored.

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Belichten voor kleurenfilm, zwartwitfilm en digitaal.

Waar gaat het eigenlijk over?

In gesprekken over fotografie merk ik regelmatig dat mede-fotografen (die vaak in het digitale tijdperk in de fotografie zijn begonnen) niet exact weten hoe het zit met een correcte belichting. De automatisering van camera’s is daar debet aan: het apparaat grijpt in op het denken over belichting van de fotograaf, die daardoor eigenlijk niet toekomt aan een consequente werkwijze, en verzandt in probeersels, soms met een goede uitkomst. Fotografie wordt zo een soort van beeldende Russische roulette.

Ik besloot daarom om deze blogpost te schrijven, waarin ik uitleg het het naar mijn mening wél moet. Onderaan de pagina vind je een box om (met een facebook- of Disqus-account) je opmerkingen en eventuele vragen aan me achter te laten, ik beantwoord ze graag! Een begrip van de basiskennis over fotografie en belichten is wel vereist om met deze blogpost uit de voeten te kunnen.

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DIY: hack a Perfex Wollensack lens into Leica LTM mount

After I discovered online that the 1940’s American Perfex Deluxe rangefinder was also available in a version with a Wollensak lens in a 38mm screw mount, I decided to buy one and find out if it would fit a Leica.

Only when it arrived I found out that the focussing unit of the Perfex is on the body, not on the lens. A bit like a really unsophisticated Contax focusing system. So much for easily adapting the lens for Leica, I thought. The camera sat on a shelf for quite some time. It wasn’t a feat of engineering either, using it was like photographing with a brick, both in ergonomics and in results. I didn’t even try, it was too obvious.

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DIY: Get a dented filter rim into shape again

So you’ve been looking for this very special lens that will make your Nikon / Minolta / Canon / Zeiss-Ikon (choose your brand) contemporary-correct camera kit complete, but the only specimen you can find has a bent filter rim? Despair not! For today I’m offering a simple DIY tool to straighten filter rims, provided they are made from metal that can bend back into shape.

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DIY: Cleaning a Canon 1.2/50mm rangefinder lens

On the net you can find all kinds of stories on this lens. Most say its very soft wide open, prone to flare and what else. But most of the time this is merely a side effect from shooting a 50+ year old lens that has gotten hazy inside. Most of these lenses have scratches in the front element coating, which cannot be remedied with this pictorial, but image quality still can be improved a lot by cleaning the lens up.

 

Wanna see how to get the most out of this lens again? Read on!

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