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Big summer clear out

After my deliberations of the previous article, I decided to sell most of my unused photography equipment to make room for two small cameras and put what money is left towards funding our wedding. Below you will find photos of all the listings with the price. If you are interested or want to make me an offer send an email to info@printerattic.com. If you found the listing through the website, I will give you a 5% discount. Canon 6D – Mint condition – SOLD The body is in (near)mint condition and has no visible wear. With only 5139 shutter actuations…

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How the cameras that I use change with how I approach photography

Once per year, often around the summer, I get in this mood where I need to revise my photography kit radically and want to sell of equipment to finance new purchases just to repeat this the next year. This year, I want to do things differently and write down what I use specific equipment for and find out for myself if it is necessary to make a change. This concerns all my photography equipment and spans both film and digital. Over the past two years, my approach to photography has changed. Two years ago, I would go out to shoot…

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Announcement: International Darkroom Database Offline.. for now.

Google has recently announced that it will be requiring billing information for the use of the Google Maps API from June 11 onwards. The International Darkroom Database was based on a free API key, which is intended for sites that generate little traffic and don’t make a profit of using Google products. Because I do not want to provide Google with my billing information, I have taken the International Darkroom Database offline for now. I will be looking into other options to bring it back online soon. I am currently very busy with finishing my PhD research, but once the…

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Fixing a Seiko leaf shutter: putting the shutter blades back in place

The Fuji SW 90mm f/8 lens was the first lens I got in addition to the Rodenstock Sironar-N 150 mm that I got with the camera. Not too long ago, two of the shutter blades got dislodged and I was left with a broken shutter. Instead of spending the price I paid for the lens on a professional repair job, I decided to open it up and carefully see if this was something I could fix myself. As it turns out: I could, and I did. In today’s post, I describe the process and my lessons learnt. I took way…

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The (al)chemist: formulary and chemistry books

For those that keep track of this blog somewhat regularly will not be surprised when I tell you that I am technically inclined. I have an interest in the chemistry of analog photography and recently purchased a few books on the topic. While I am reading them one by one, I am also writing reviews so you know which ones to get yourself. In this post, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release,…

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#PrintParteh – In review

On January 25, I announced the #printparteh hashtag and the associated print party that was to take place on Twitter from March 5 to April 1, 2018. In this post, we will have a look at the outcome and summarize what people contributed and learned. What better way to summarize a bunch of Tweets than a curated set of Tweet? I have embedded the originals below, so feel free to click and read the entire thread back on Twitter. In my opinion, this set provides a nice — but far from complete — overview of all the contributions. If you…

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The printer: technique books

The darkroom printer can learn from a mentor, by experience and by reading up on techniques. Right next to the formulary books on my bookshelves, sit the books that discuss practical techniques for use in the darkroom. In this article, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release and will be updated whenever I finish reading. Release: 2018-02-03 The Photographer’s Master Printing Course Tim Rudman’s book (ISBN 1-85732-407-2) is a good introduction to many…

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The making of a print: Energiecentrale

A while ago I asked some followers on Twitter what they would like to see more of on the blog and one exclaimed ‘photos!’. And I agree, there should indeed be a few more of my own photos on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at a print I made past Sunday. During my Christmas break we had exactly 2 days that were not wet and cloudy, and the weather was actually quite nice on this day. I live not far from an old power plant that is no longer in operation full time, and on…

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Announcement: #PrintParteh

Although I write about a lot of topics related to analog photography in general, ranging from equipment to film tests, this blog is called Printer Attic. One of the goals of this blog is to spread the love, art and skill of making prints in the darkroom. On the initiative of avid printer @DrMarsRover, we are hosting the #PrintParteh. This month, a printing party will take place online March 2018. The schedule is very simple: March 5, 2018 – March 25, 2018: Print and share your story, your test strips, contact prints, you name it. We want to see your…

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Tripod review: Gitzo GT4543LS and Arca Swiss P0

It’s a tool I can’t do without and one that I carry on almost every trip. Maybe you’ve guessed it: a tripod. This three legged, underrated accessory fulfills a simple yet essential task for many photographers. It supports the camera and keeps it in a fixed position and orientation during exposure. Independent of your choice of subject, a good tripod needs to be sturdy, damp vibrations quickly and be portable. After I started shooting large format film, I noticed that the tripod I used wasn’t working out well with the new camera and the longer exposure times. It showed drift…

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