Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New old toys!

My wife's grandmother mentioned to her she had an old box full of her grandfather's cameras and accessories and we were welcome to have a look through and take what we wanted.
We took everything...

...Including one new toy I am definately looking forward to testing out - a Yashica Mat 124G TLR!

So the next challenge will be sourcing some 120 film. The meter system on it uses an outdated battery type so a light meter and some test shots with a digital camera will more than likely be necessary. As of last week my wife and I have decided to start saving some dollars for a trip over to Europe to tour through Spain, France, Italy ad Greece, needless to say this camera will be making the trip with me and will hopefully stand the test of being carted around and used once more!

One thing I unfortunately didnt get to see however were any negatives or prints from any of the 20 or so cameras we collected. They were gifted to another member of the family. So a day trip and a nice lunch may need to be organised because I'd love to have a look through them all.

I've always considered film photography as a bit of a hobby of mine in comparison to the digital world I live off, so this find has really re-invigorated that passion.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The importance of a printed portfolio

I absolutely love my portfolio book. I picked it up from Adorama camera, a large photography store based out of the USA. The book itself was made by Pina Zangaro, as were the flex-hinge polyester sheets that allow the pages to open out flat in the book.

A point to raise on this subject however, is what is the actual significance of a printed portfolio in this day and age of simple and instant media such as the internet, as well as digital forms of presentations such as the Apple iPad?

If you've been approached by a client, an agency or a prospective boss, what are the chances that they have not seen any of your work and made assumptions of what is and what isn't possible for you? I know if I had a meeting with a photographer coming up, the first thing I would do is Google his ass.

What I love about my printed book is the results you can obtain when you put your hard work, and often a substantial amount of money into the printing process. A good print in my opinion can completely outshine a 72dpi Srgb web image any day of the week. Wonderful Machine have even gone to the trouble of videoing some of their photographers printed books to put on the web, which is found here. But who's to say that by the time you, the photographer, have answered the phone, put on some nice clothes, made the journey and sat in the waiting room, that you have not already been judged by the interviewers who have had a good look at the crappy res images on your website. Is the interview these days just to examine your personality, not your work?

Perhaps I'm a stickler for the days of old, but I placed an order for more prints about fifteen minutes ago...