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Category : Tips & Techniques

29 Mar 2024

Diving into the archive

For some years now I’m been meaning to digitise my archive of photographs that were shot on film. I even made a start, using a Nikon LS-9000 scanner. But it was dreadfully slow going and I kept giving up in despair. Then I realised there is an easier way. In the past couple of months I have digitised around 10,500 transparencies and 3,000 negatives (B&W and colour). The solution, it turned out, was to simply take pictures of my pictures […]

22 Nov 2019

Technique: Using the Lee Little Stopper and Big Stopper ND filters to create blur

On occasion, a camera captures a little too much. Its ability to freeze time creates detail of a somewhat arbitrary nature – waves stilled at the moment of breaking, for example, or the leaves of trees being blown by the wind rendered with exquisite precision that doesn’t necessarily match the mood of the scene or the emotion you’re trying to convey. The technique of using long exposure times to allow moving subjects to blur has a long pedigree in the […]

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