By Konrad Eek | Friday, March 20, 2015
The rise of digital cameras has spurred a surprising trend: The return to analog and black-and-white photography.
Sure, digital photography gives us amazing power and control, but there’s something irresistible about creating a tangible artifact of captured light that you’ve translated—through chemistry—into a work of art. Also, I’d argue that the luster, finish, and depth of tone of digital black-and-white prints can’t compare to those of gelatin silver prints.
Did you know that many of the tools you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques?
My new course Setting Up a Home Darkroom shows you how to create your own darkroom to make old-school-style prints.
In this article, I’ll help you decide what darkroom equipment you need, where to get it, and how to get the most for your money.
By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014
When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.
The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.
However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:
By Konrad Eek | Sunday, October 26, 2014
For just a few dollars—and in just a few minutes—you can make a simple DIY light box to evenly illuminate small objects for close-up photos.
Whether you’re doing product photography, insurance documentation, or simply shooting as a hobby, this system will give you consistent and effective lighting from a variety of sources.
And it’s made from materials found at your local art supply store.
By Konrad Eek | Saturday, October 18, 2014
I’ve worked with several people over the years who have wonderful art sitting in their closets because they aren’t sure how to go about hanging it on the wall.
It’s not just about the hanging hardware; they have lots of questions about where it should go, how high it should be, and how it should be grouped.
So here are five tips for hanging pictures on the wall in an eye-pleasing way.
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