Sony a6000

October 2, 2017

A friend recently purchased a Sony a6000 mirrorless camera on my advice. I used one—a loaner from my community college—during my last semester. I found the camera a well built, solid performer that helped me make the most of my digital photo class. My friend is a beginning photographer who… Read more

Using Pin Registration

October 27, 2016

With the pin register feature you can make multiple exposures from one or more negative on the same media. For example, to improve contrast of a Pt/Pd print, you can make an exposure, develop and dry the print, then re-coat the paper, place the print and negative back in the printing… Read more

The Pin Register Project

October 24, 2015

Pin registration is a method of precisely aligning  negatives to the paper (or other print media). It is commonly used by alt process enthusiasts for aligning color separation negatives for multi-color prints (gum bichromate), or to make multiple exposures of the same negative to increase contrast (platinum/palladium). Pin registration hardware… Read more

Ilex #5 Flash Synch Repair

February 15, 2015

My 8×10 Calumet View Camera is a real workhorse. It came with a 14 inch Commercial Ektar f6.4 lens mounted in an Ilex #5 shutter. It produces great images but there is (was) a problem with the shutter. My first portrait session in the studio using flash was a little… Read more

The Platinum Palladium Project

January 28, 2015

In the fall of 2014 I took part in an undergraduate research project at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. The project was sponsored by the school and and generously coached by my instructor and mentor, Andrew Doak. A series of ten prints on fine art paper made in… Read more

Hardwood Appearance Comparison

January 22, 2015

A recent inquiry asked to see the differences in the varieties of wood I use for my contact printing frames. I grabbed a few samples out of the scrap bin and applied some mineral spirits to simulate the appearance after finishing. Here are the results showing white oak, cherry and walnut. Read more

A Visit With Mark Nelson

December 17, 2014

Today, I spent a couple of hours talking with Mark Nelson, an accomplished photographer, master printer, and the author of Precision Digital Negatives (aka the PDN system). Mark and I spoke a few weeks ago about his workshops and private tutoring in the PDN system, but it didn’t take me long to realize that his workshop is beyond my budget. Mark, however, was gracious enough to invite me into his home and workplace. He shared some of his personal thoughts about making photographs, digital negatives, platinum prints and photogravure prints. Read more