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One Camera. One Lens. Two film stocks.

As of late, I’ve seen many people asking online if they could only have one camera and one lens, what would it be… After some thought I came to the conclusion that licking just one camera and one lens would be very difficult for me as I like a variety of different types of photography. But if I had to pick my favorite combination that provided a look that I really liked, I would have to choose the Bronica ETRS 645 medium format camera and the Zenzanon Bronica 150mm f3.5 lens. I just absolutely love the look this combination gives for portrait work.

I decided to do a photoshoot using this camera and lens combination. I also decided that since I had not shot Kodak TMAX film since my college days back in the late 1990s to 2001, that I would pick up a couple rolls and put them through the camera. I also shot a roll of one of my current favorite films which is Fomapan 100.

Here are the images from the shoot…


This last one was shot with Fomapan 100…

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Photography is Photography and Digital is Convenient.

A while back I had a conversation with another photographer and he was explaining how he had done some weddings but they made him real nervous. I had told him I had done a number of weddings over the years myself but I wasn’t really a wedding photographer but more of a portrait photographer. He learned that I started photography back in the film days. He asked if I had shot any weddings on film. I told him that I had. He said that back in the day it must have been super nerve-racking to shoot a wedding on film. I explained to him that it wasn’t any more or less nerve racking than shooting one digitally. He replied with the fact that we couldn’t see the images right away. I told him I could shoot a wedding with a digital camera with the LCD screen shut off. I explained to him that I had learned photography, learned exposure, learned how light works, memorized f stops and shutter speeds. I explained to him that I know if I have to change a particular f stop I could compensate with the correct shutter speed on the fly to maintain a correct exposure. I told him that we had to know photography, we had to know our gear, and we knew our cameras were going to capture whatever images we shot regardless of the fact that there were no LCD screens. And if our cameras malfunctioned, as professionals, we had another. I explained to him that everything digital has brought about is for convenience, but not necessities to make great photography.

A lighting set up…

Several people have asked me about how I did the Yoga portraits I recently posted. Here are a few of the photos again along with the basic set up. I made this shot before I had the lighting exactly right but you can at least get the idea of how it was set up.

Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive. This whole set up is less than $200

A Yoga Portrait Session

I recently did photos for a yoga instructor. We had access to a few different spots in the physical education building at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. We decided to do the shoot on one of the raquet ball courts. The head shots were made in a hallway near the raquet ball courts.

All images were created with:

Canon 60D

Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

Yongnuo 565 ex II Speedlight

Vivitar 285 hv Speedlight

60″ Neewer octabox

Camera settings stayed constant at:

ISO 100

1/250 sec

F11

Photography Meetups BTS

Photography meetups are a great way to connect and network with others in the photography community. I pulled these photos out of the archive from February of 2012.

RIP Harry Steelman. You are missed. 








Camera: Canon 7D
Location: Tyler, Texas 2/2012
Model: Kari J Kramer

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