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What’s the point of film?

Photography used to be so simple. If I felt like taking pictures, I’d load up my Contax 139 with slide film and off I’d go. No bag, just one prime, a polarising filter and maybe a spare roll of film.

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The Olympic Venues of the USSR, 35 Years Later

The 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow were controversial. While its war in Afghanistan had sparked a global boycott of the games, the USSR also wanted to showcase its capacity for opulence. To this day, the architecture of the Olympic Village

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Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release — Now with DIY Optocouplers

While a transistor-based cable shutter release does the job, it has one drawback. Grounding the camera to Raspberry Pi can cause the machine or the camera to have a negative ground. This might lead to a higher total voltage difference and could damage either of

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Build a Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release for Sony Cameras

Replacing a simple and inexpensive remote cable release for your camera with Raspberry Pi may seem like a classic case of over-engineering, but using the tiny machine to control the camera opens up a whole new world of photographic opportunities. Using

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What’s the Point in Taking Pictures?

I’ve been taking pictures for twenty-five years and until recently I’d never seriously asked myself why I bother. I mean, what is the intended end result of all the effort and investment that goes into producing my pretty modest output

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Famous Photographers Pose Behind Their Iconic Images

Unless you’re a photography buff, you probably have no idea what the people behind some of the most famous photos in the world actuall look like. US photographer Tim Mantoani, however, aims to fix all that with his epic “Behind

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A Blast from the Past: How the World of Photography Was Changing Back in 1887

Back in 1887, a photography instructor named Edward M. Estabrooke published a book titled Photography in the Studio and in the Field. It was “a practical manual designed as a companion alike to the professional and the amateur photographer.” Filled

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