5 Best Travel Cameras – Film Edition

Originally posted on Casual Photophile:

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One of the greatest joys in life is travel, and one of the greatest joys in travel is taking pictures. Whether you’re looking to populate an album with touristy shots of famous landmarks, or taking the time to compose artistic shots of eclectic locales, travel photography is one of the most exciting and rewarding areas of the hobby.

That’s not to say that shooting during a trip is always heavenly. Many travelers make the mistake of lugging around far more gear than they’ll ever need. By the middle of the trip it’s become too tedious and annoying. The excitement and joy has been bled from both photography, and the vacation. With an aching neck and a sense of lost opportunity, these overloaded travelers stow their camera bag in the hotel safe and spend the rest of the trip happy, but photographically unfulfilled.

So what’s the best way to avoid missing…

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20 Eye-Catching Packaging and Presentation Examples for Photographers

There are a few ways to deliver images to your clients: on a DVD, on a flash-drive, or through a custom online gallery. The first two ways are the most interesting to me, since they let you creatively wrap up the contents with your logo, add custom-made photo albums, “thank you” cards and a lot of other nice things that will leave a positive impression with the client. This shows that you care about your clients as well as your reputation.

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digiKam Recipes on Google Play Store

digiKam Recipes is now available on Google Play Store. So you can buy and read the ebook using your favorite Android device.


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Five film cameras for under £50

Originally posted on Zorki Photo:


The digital revolution has made a lot of classic cameras much cheaper (Pic: Wikimedia Commons)

In the last decade, digital photography has taken over, converting many former film shooters to trade in their analogue gear for the convenience of digital (no more fiddly film loading, scratches on their negs, waiting for prints to come back). What this has meant is that there’s an awful lot of second-hand film cameras on the market.

The high-end stuff – Leicas, Alpas, Hasselblads and Contaxs – may still go for a pretty penny, but elsewhere there are some serious bargains to be had.

I’ve been shooting on second-hand cameras since 2000, after I ditched my auto-focus Canon to learn the very basics of photography on an old Praktica – it cost me £50 (probably far too much for an East German SLR built in the hundreds of thousands) and worked like a charm. It…

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digiKam Recipes 4.0.11 Released

As you may recall, I recently switched to GitBook.io as my primary publishing platform. Alas, my GitBook.io experiment didn’t last long. Everything worked smoothly until I encountered a rather serious issue: for some reason, EPUB, MOBI, and PDF files generated by the service didn’t include any images. I duly submitted a bug report and tried to contact the developers via Twitter, but I got no response.


GitBook, disappointed I am

This is not the end of the world, of course, but it’s a good reason to find a better and more reliable alternative. I did some research, considered the available options, and decided to go the DIY way. To that end, I hacked my own tool based on BASC eBookGenerator that compiles ebooks in the EPUB format from Markdown-formatted pages and accompanying source files like images, stylesheets, and fonts. Since the tool uses Markdown-formatted text files, switching back from GitBook wasn’t all that laborious and time-consuming. As a bonus, the tool produces much cleaner (read less validation errors) EPUB files than GitBook.io.

While at it, I tried to convert the EPUB file to the MOBI format using Amazon’s own KindleGen utility for Linux. But it managed to produce a ~59MB file out of the 35.7MB original. As always, Calibre saved the day: the bundled ebook-convert command-line utility generated a MOBI file weighing a meager ~9,5MB.

In the process of switching to the new tool set, I did some cleanup and fixed a few issues and typos, which amounted to the minor 4.0.11 release of the book.

Readers who already purchased the book will receive the new version free of charge. If you haven’t received your copy, please send your order confirmation as proof of purchase to dmpop@linux.com, and I’ll email you the download instructions.

Learn more about digiKam Recipes, and buy it via PayPal, Amazon Kindle Store, Gumroad, and GitBook.io.

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The analogue space photography pioneers

Originally posted on Zorki Photo:


Ed White walking in space over New Mexico, Gemini, 4 June 1965 (Nasa)

Anyone who learned to take photographs back in the days of film will remember how frustrating it could be. Quite apart from the trickiness of loading the film, budding photographers couldn’t be sure whether they had a potential cover of National Geographic or a pile of prints fit for the litter bin until the negatives came back from the lab.

Now imagine you had to deal with these difficulties hundreds of miles above a glittering blue Earth, tethered to the space capsule that is your only link between home and the endless gulf of space. Your movements are constricted by the clumsy spacesuit that allows you to survive out here. And you can’t even hold the camera up to your face to compose your pictures properly, thanks to your ungainly helmet. Finding out whether you’ve shot a…

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Film News: Ferrania needs you!

As some of you may recall, I did a little interview with Ferrania last year about them bringing their film back on to the market. A year passed and everyone was wondering what had happened. Well, the people at Ferrania had been very busy overcoming all kinds of obstacles to bring their film to us. And now they are nearly there. But they need our help, and here is how we can do it.

Continue reading Film News: Ferrania needs you! – Japan Camera Hunter.

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