2012 Photoinduced Holiday Gift Guide : Ahh, the Toys!

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

And when we say toys, we’re not just talking about the Barbie with a video camera embedded in her body, or the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera , although no doubt there is an exhibit about to mounted using only images from the Fisher Price line. We’re talking about the photo related goods that make a […]

Wet, Metal, Photos – yeah, we’re talking about Tintypes @PhotoboothSF

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Billing themselves as “The world’s only Tintype and Polaroid portrait studio” Photobooth SF came onto our radar via the interwebs, and a couple of our chief spotters, Kate and Tito, who scan daily for cool stuff. For you. For us. We watched this video: …and we were hooked. Luckily, ever year we go to the […]

HO-HO-Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 for the photographer on your list

Monday, November 14th, 2011

OK, maybe the holiday gift is for you. Do you have folks asking you want you may like for the holidays? Maybe there are some things on this list that will give you and them some ideas. We’ve looked at a ton of new goods this year and have tried to sift through em’ all […]

Another PhotoPlus Expo in the books. More meat, less filler.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

On the last day of PhotoPlus Expo 2011, a storm blew into NYC like none since 1952 at least. The slushy sleet was filling the streets outside the Javits Center. It didn’t stop the photographers who came to see the latest gear. This year saw a seemingly larger show, with more exhibitors, and higher quality […]

Weekly Giveaway : Faces of Ground Zero by Joe McNally and Rudolph Guliani

Monday, August 29th, 2011

You may know Joe McNally from his speedlight adventures on the Strobist, or teaching his methods for getting some great photo journalistic shots. Quite honestly, our first encounter with Mr. McNally’s work was an exhibit at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles of his massive over life sized, Polaroid portraits of the Faces of Ground […]

How Pro will you go? Tethered shooting primer: Part 1

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

While shooting a model a while back, we found that the constant looking, or “chimping” at the LCD was a distraction, both for us and the talent. Couldn’t help it. In the days of film, you shot a bunch of polaroids to confirm your strobes were firing and lighting the way you wanted them to. […]

Patrick Hoelck checks into the Polaroid Hotel, and leaves his door slightly ajar.

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Multi talented artist Patrick Hoelck has produced a new book of his work, all consisting of Polaroids, from the SX70 family of formats. Initially raising money to fund the project on Kickstarter, the donations surpassed the necessary dollars to get the project funded. He’s got a lot of fans. Within an opening statement, primarily authored […]

CES 2011 – Gaga, Gaming, Tablets, & 3D TV: Connect the Dots!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

So the word is that this year’s CES had almost 150,000 attendees! We’ve only gone for 4 years and this was insane with bodies. Good for Vegas, bad for making meetings. We’re going to give a full photo run down, (already been posting some on our Facebook page) after a brief comment. This is the […]

Instant Giveaway! Save your neck and back. It’s a Disgrace!

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

And by disgrace, we mean an The Industry Disgrace , by Crumpler! We just came back from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, touted as the worlds largest trade show, and after days and days of walking the football field sized halls, struggling to find a seat to sit and eat, and of course […]

3D & Cameras & Tablets, oh My! CES 2011 brings on the new gear for the new year!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Seems like we just went thorugh the barrage of picking up what’s new in the electronics world fro the holidays, when right around the corner comes CES in Las Vegas. That’s the Consumer Electronics Show. What does that mean to you as a photographer?

What’s in The Bag? w/ Jim McHugh Pt. 5 – The studio

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

As we come to the last segment in the series with Jim McHugh, he gives us a look around his work environment. Not where he shoots, but where he makes the images. His history, including a photo album from his childhood, old cameras and a lifetime of memorabilia, are filling the nooks and crannies of […]

What’s In The Bag? w /Jim McHugh: Part 2- The process

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

In this next segment with Jim McHugh, you get a chance to see how he works the magic. Folks have been curious about the Speed Graphic Cameras he showed off in the last vid, and how he got to the print stage. polaroid film and digital processing?? What the……..??? Well, wonder no more. Part 2 […]

What’s In The Bag? w/ Jim McHugh-Fine Art photographer

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

We’ll take a lightly different turn with the What’s In The Bag? series this time, as we feature Jim McHugh, fine art photographer. Ohm, he started as a magazine shooter, and all of that experience led him to where he happily resides now: firmly ensconced in the world of fine art and galleries. In this […]

Fuji fills an analog void

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

When Polaroid decided to end the instant film production, they crushed the hearts of many an aficionado of the instant grat arts. The world was going all digital, so who would want an instant print? Lots of folks. So Fuji moved in and took up the charge. They now produce all of the pro instant […]

Lens cap: $3., Working Polaroid SX-70: $35., Free ELVIS cards thrown in the deal? Priceless!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Who knew. Well, we used to know. Every month in the Pasadena Elks Lodge, all kinds of used gear photography dealers gather and lay out their wares on long tables. What do they have ? All kinds of camera goods in all kinds of conditions. Brand new, used, VERY used, and that exact thing you […]

CES 2010: Introducing a new Creative director at Polaroid – Lady Gaga!

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

From a company that has been on the brink of disaster, with scandal rocking it to its’ core, thanks to the shenanigans of Tom Petters, to a decision to stop making it’s most popular product, instant film, Polaroid appears to have a made a Hail Mary play hiring Lady Gaga to become a creative director. […]

“Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” may be coming back in style

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

When the Polaroid Land camera was first around, you had to peel apart the print from the developing chemicals, and coat the B&W shots with a preservative liquid. You really did need to shake it, to dry the coating. Ok, maybe you didn’t HAVE to, but you did it, anyway. And a part of popular […]

Weekly Giveaway – A camera you can wear!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

There has been an incredible amount of press lately on the resurgence of Polaroid film, specifically the SX-70 type, including the reintroduction of the camera. A group called The Impossible Project, has been working diligently to re-introduce the famed film packs and systems. After Polaroid decided to cease production, this group acquired the film making […]

Weekly Giveaway – Joe McNally’s “Faces of Ground Zero”, OOP

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

You may know Joe McNally from his speedlight adventures on the Strobist, or teaching his methods for getting some great photojournalistic shots. Quite honestly, our first encounter with Mr. McNally’s work was an exhibit at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles of his massive over life sized, Polaroid portraits of the Faces of Ground Zero. […]

And now, a word from the SmogRanch

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Another installment from one of our favorite writers/photographers, Daniel Milnor “Polaroids” fake of course. So a few weeks ago I wrote a long post about tilt-shift lenses and how I thought they were basically a gimmick that made just about any image look good. I never posted the post, but I’m still thinking about it. […]

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