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The World is Flat, Until It’s Not: Definitions in Photography

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In order to communicate effectively, words need to mean something.  Definitions must be made.  Labels must be had.  Humans are really great organizers.  We put things into categories and groups to easier understand and make sense of massive amounts of data. The problem?  We tend to get stuck or stay with what we know or…

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How to Create Crystal-scapes with a Microscope

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Microscope and Set-Up Microscope photography, technically known as photo microscopy, offers a unique opportunity to view the world from a perspective beyond the realm of the human eye. However, many common microscope subjects, such as insects and biological specimens, do not appear photographically of interest from an artistic or creative point of view. Moreover, these…

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Film Processing Procedures that Ensure High-Quality Results

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Certain general working procedures can be followed in film processing to ensure consistent high-quality results. These include the following: ■ Read, follow, and understand all technical and safety data before processing the film. ■ Ascertain your equipment and working area are clean, dry, and properly functioning. ■ Seal any light leaks in film-loading and film…

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Capturing the Moment – 3 Styles of Camerawork: The Builder

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In the kind of photography that works on timelines, there are basically three different strategies for catching the moment. These are divided as much by personality as by task. I call them Fireman, Builder, and Marksman. Why personality and task? Because these three working methods each definitely appeal to different personalities, but at the same…

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Capturing the Moment – 3 Styles of Camerawork: The Fireman

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In the kind of photography that works on timelines, there are basically three different strategies for catching the moment. These are divided as much by personality as by task. I call them Fireman, Builder, and Marksman. Why personality and task? Because these three working methods each definitely appeal to different personalities, but at the same…

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Why Transmitted Light Photography?

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This is the fifth and last in a series of posts about transmitted light photography. This is about lighting from a perspective that I believe most of us are unfamiliar with, and one that shows a subject from a previously unseen perspective: its interior. In this last post, let’s look at a simple question: Why…

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