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Category: Miscellaneous

Anything that is not about printing or film development.

Making a custom foam insert for a Pelican case, or: how to transport a Sinar P2

Large format cameras come in two flavors: field-cameras and studio cameras. While the former is typically ‘light’ and can be folded into a package that can be carried in a backpack, the latter is typically large and bulky, and unwieldy to carry on the back.¬†When I got the Sinar P2, the main problem I faced was how to store and transport it. I don’t intend to go hike with it, but I would like to be able to take to a location that can be reached by public transport or by car. There are some cases available that were sold…

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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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#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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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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2 years old!

Hurrah! Happy birthday to me?! Yes, two years ago I published the first real post on this blog and I have been publishing articles related to analog photography on a not-so-regular schedule ever since. When I started out I was planning on making it only about making wet prints, then I did some on film and then the entire plan derailed with a camera review, book reviews, home made dark cloths and some brainy stuff. Nevertheless, it has been a fun ride so far and I hope you will excuse my lack of focus to one topic completely. What’s up…

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Bag review: F-Stop Ajna

Camera bags. We all have (at least) one and there are always reasons to complain. I started out with a Lowepro Flipside 200, which soon became too small to fit my gear. It also was not watertight and didn’t come with a rain cover. Living in the Netherlands, I ended up remedying that by adding a Osprey XS rain cover as a backup. Then came the Domke F-2 Original. I had been eyeing this bag ever since I started. I looks the part in my opinion, gives quick access to cameras and lenses, and doesn’t scream ‘camera bag !’ to…

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Spreadsheets for photography and printing

I am a nerd. So, I said it. To ease the workflow I sometimes spend some time creating Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that aid in the field and in the darkroom. Below you will find an overview of the spreadsheets that are available. It will be regularly updated. If you find bugs or errors, let me know, so that I can fix it! Print margins I use a four bladed printing easle (Photon beard) that allows free choice of print margins. This spreadsheet aids in determining the right margins so that the print is aligned in the right corner, while maintaining…

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