The Beauty of Imperfection – with Joe Greer

The Beauty of Imperfection – with Joe Greer


You see, there was this new
thing that brought me joy, that brought me excitement,
that brought me happiness and
peace, and I wanted to do it with the
best of my ability. My Leica M6 taught me to slow down,
to see the world in such a simple and
beautiful way. Analog photography has given me
this unbelievable desire of wanting to get
better, wanting to learn and wanting to grow as
an artist. When I see a scene that I want
to photograph, I just know, I feel the balance within the
scene. I stop and I make that picture. I try not to overthink or
overcomplicate things. I’m drawn to colors and the way
that colors render on film and how they
interact within a given scene or a certain
moment. Even a lack of color at times
can be very, very beautiful. With film, it’s just different. It’s direct, it’s physical. There’s a tangible quality that
a negative provides that digital cannot. Film just sings differently.
With digital photography it’s always gonna be a bunch of
zeros and ones. That’s unchanging, that’s
exact, that will always be
that way. But with analog photography due
to its chemical nature, there’s so much chaos and
imperfections. For me, those imperfections make it even
more beautiful! My M6 has helped me get rid of
a lot of unhealthy habits that Instagram and
smartphone photography taught me early on with 36 frames, you have to
slow down, breathe, open your eyes, watch the world pass you by, wait for that moment and go for
it. Analog is on the rise with
young people because they want something tangible,
something they can touch. Digital is not offer an
experience like that. Going to a new place that you’ve
never been before gives you a perspective on
things that’s incredibly
rewarding. If you break that routine and
step into a space that’s unfamiliar, that’s
unknown, to pursue things photographically, beautiful
things will happen.

A digital camera without display – Exploring Porto with the Leica M-D

A digital camera without display – Exploring Porto with the Leica M-D


The moment I took my first photo I knew this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I think the main worry we must have when we photograph is to obtain the best images possible in the right moment, in the moment of the click. Taking pictures of strangers on the street in a way that it’s obvious is a nerve-wrecking, scary job. Portugal is really different from where I have been to around the world and everything here inspires me. My photos change from “this my lifestyle” to travelling and seeing the world through my eyes. Being able to travel opened up many doors. I see many things, and it has changed my perspective of the world. So I wanted to share that with my friends and family because there are a lot of people that have never seen stuff like this. My philosophy of photographing is to just capture what you like. At the end of the day all the photos are for you. If you just try to impress people you lose sight of photography. You should only take photos for yourself because that’s what you like to do. This impresses people. Always think back to why you have started photography, why you appreciate it and be yourself instead of someone else. It pushes me to continue doing things like this. Not just for people to travel but also to inspire people to do what they love. Part of the experience is that in my head there is this running monologue of justifying myself. So I spend the whole day rationalizing, explaining myself to myself. Especially because I’m doing something that, a lot of the time, makes people temporarily uncomfortable which is not my nature. In a conscious way there are a lot of questions like how do I walk through the world as a gigantic, hairy two-year-old. I think this is why my instinct is to put the camera low because the world is unbelievable from waist height. So the excitement isn’t about a wild photo. The excitement is an addiction. When it works right it feels like you have superpowers, that you could distil this crazy unexpected thing from the whole mess of the world. There is this very instinctual attraction to photography because our existence, no matter how full it gets, is lonely, and short, and meaningless. Being able to present your experience as something concrete, is like ‘this is my story as I saw it, this is my life as I tell it.’ Witness me, validate my existence, let me be more than this fleck of dust in the air. I photograph because I love people. It’s the only way I photograph. If the people didn’t exist in the streets neither would my photographs. I think it is very important to like people, to understand, to respect, to listen to people, and to establish a kind of chemical relationship between the photographer and the subject of the photography. In my case it’s people. That’s the reason I want to give the photos I made to the people in the streets. Sometimes, I come back later, and always give the photos to the people I photographed in the streets. I think this is very human and good because they feel important, and they are. You transmit what you know, and what you’ve learned with the others. You only transmit when you take a photograph and show it. What you are showing is a bit of yourself. This is our way to transmit our feelings. Not only the feelings of the subject that is photographed but also the feelings of the photographer. However, the discipline that you have to have with film is lost with digital photography. I was shooting all the different kinds of cameras. It was pretty much: point, shoot, burst… Whatever. It became really boring, and my interest in photography started to die until I switched over to Leica. Everything felt genuine with Leica. In a moment where technology is all about adding features I think that uncomplicating a beautiful camera does the photographer the great favor of letting them not think about it. When I’m shooting with this camera I always look at the back on the screen if there’s going to be a picture there. But there’s no screen. All you have is a little knob where you scroll for your ISO. It’s a visceral thrill when you’re taking these photos. Because just like film, you don’t know what you’ve got until later on. With this camera we came back to the discipline of film. It’s kind of the perfect tool for this little dream bubble of a long weekend. We are an unlikely trio. We cover a very wide range of perspective and personality. It has been a brilliant chemical reaction: mixing us together. They are so different photographers. And I’m so glad because I know they did a great job here in Porto. I’m a little proud of that. I learned a lot being around these two. They’re fun, they’re funny. I’m happy to be able to meet them. I think the philosophy is to live life with your eyes as wide open as you can get them.

A $106,000 DIGITAL Camera!? A MONKEY Lawsuit!? | Photography News Dump April 2018

A $106,000 DIGITAL Camera!? A MONKEY Lawsuit!? | Photography News Dump April 2018


Ah, yes, hello everybody it’s the month of a Pressing out another news dump today In the maple in the middle of April in the middle of April also in the middle of May We’re a little late ah within the water fibre and we’re ready to let loose today Yes, we are for the month of April. We have more bougie film discontinuation news on the monkey that’s making headlines again a large format digital camera a 35 mil that can mount new Sony lenses and news on Casio pulling out of the digital camera market Ok, so that’s that’s everything about them then use them. That’s yeah BAM Fuji fuji film I Don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this. I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve this I could handle a cross I could handle the 3 packets going away But why did you have to go and take away my dear printing paper? Fujifilm will stop selling black-and-white printing paper by marching paper Pull yourself together man, Jesus what a quick sidenote the startup led a lot that Large sense that’s created. The world’s first 8 by 10 digital single shot camera This is the first of its kind and will retail for one hundred and six thousand dollars USD We’ve had a look at this It seems like it’s a pretty cool idea and I think kudos through a company large sense for creating it. It’s not very practical Yes, it’s pretty big. Yeah, big and expensive not very you can’t really take it over ground places Hi welcome Holly what is that? I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. Is it big? No, the cameras Lodi shit bringing anything so I got our Fox in the frame Is it big first let me take a selfie Is it big yeah, let’s forget about that one now. Yeah, though that was a supercut It’s nice not the actual video but it is pretty fun. Yeah. Yeah wipe that from your memories Now this whole Lodge stench thing really seems like a lot of monkeying around To try to beat a technology that was perfected maybe 30 years ago. We just go back in 2011 This further made his rounds not only being a goofy selfie of Josh But also by receiving a copyright infringement claim by the animal who took the photo Can you believe that Josh I have rights to me. That’s a pretty good summary Alex, but it’s definitely Nicole But it’s definitely not as simple as that British nature photographer David Slater has been fighting for his right to call this his photo since it was labeled public domain by the Wikimedia Foundation Apparently copyright cannot vest in nonhuman authors And when a works copyright cannot vest in a human it forced to the public domain Both Josh, and I think the copyright should have been given to Slater because he allegedly set up the situation for the month to take the photo Despite this Slater wants the case, which I find absolutely bizarre I think monkeys have rights, but I don’t think there’s any way known to man that the monkey would have taken a photo This is how it starts we have to stop there breaking our rights However, this is not why the story is in the news today That was all news in September 2015 the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Otherwise known as the infamous PETA filed a lawsuit Against later claiming that the copy rights should be given to the monkey Which they really named Naruto the ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals George took up the case Finally reached a ruling claiming that the monkey lacked statutory standing because the copyright act is not expressly Authorized animals to file copyright infringement suits. They also go into question the organization’s motives providing a statement saying puzzlingly buzzing Ling Li puzzlingly while representing to the world that animals are not asked to eat wear or experiment on For entertainment or abuse in any way? Peter seems to employee Naruto as its unwitting porn in its ideological Goals and Peter responded with a statement that every man should stay here and never really understand it You missed the point her boy Dwight I really don’t like hearing that they followed this statement with a Naruto the McCaffrey macaque the cat mikake Undeniably took the photos and denying him the right to sue under the US copyright acts Emphasizes what Peter has argued all along that he is discriminated against simply because he’s a nonhuman Animal you could say it’s a pretty hairy situation Alex You just calling him Harry why cause it was a hairy situation because You called me a monkey Okay Guys can settle this later. I hope that slate on this lighter settle this simulator Bazinga now won’t you our famous segment called? Just stuff that we think you should check out is this mine I don’t want to say it’s a big guy Can you show them that yeah, just put that in the video. Yeah, this is what we originally I’ve been looking at Nathan gillum’s Instagram down there some cool stuff cool 35 mil photos. Yeah. Yeah friend of ours Yeah, how about you Josh? So my thing for the month is a Tech check out G wash J double E O S H Yeah, probably saw Friday on facebook my facebook feed that someone to How life is there it was pretty good had this sunset in it, it was really great Wow, you’re describing every picture ever taken everybody arising in it. She hit. All right, dude, right on Sunset and this is the Sun and the here eyes on movin on Movin on some pretty interesting news coming in where somebody has 3d printed a 35mm camera with a full-frame Sony Eve lens mount Whoa. Hey If it’s 3d printed, that means we came in probably we can Recreate it with a 3d if we have we have them and like we can we can react it Reverse-engineer it and make it a rock. There’s no need for this There’s no need for this Josh my dumb dumb friend the creator of this so-called box project has announced that Something that sounded fancy has announced that everything is going to be open source Josh Open source as I mean like yes Haha, they open my job. Yeah Two weeks. Yeah, you are And they’re going to release a design for people to print for themselves and hopefully work on it So apparently the lux design does not have an ability for the camera to actually talk to the Sony lens Electronically but Alexander G the programmer and creator of the project has stated that this features in the works So that means eventually it might have order exposure and autofocus but at the moment it does not. All right, cool That’s a very good braces a pretty good grounds for But right now it has a stabilization technology I am hoping this is just the beginning of consumers creating cameras that pair the digital age with the analog age Yeah, it’s the way of the future so Also going forward you guys should know the popular company casio for their pretty good watches one other thing that you probably didn’t know is we didn’t know it’s that They make digital compact cameras panning through the pocket I wouldn’t I don’t know why you laughing for we all didn’t thunk it. Yeah, we’re very excited that we know that now Yeah, but also I am kind of devastated now as well why you devastated about that? Well, they’re pulling out of it They’re pulling out of the digital camera again to get that What I meant was they’re pulling out of the digital camera game. That means they’re not making digital cameras anymore actually I was lying to you. I knew I knew I knew I knew casio min cameras. It had a huge collection I had every single Casio camera I’ve ever seen caskey up camera. They’re right next to my Polaroid ferns and my Microsoft Raman collection Wow, you can’t you can’t make this up alright We’ll get over that speed hump it Josh just created Uncle plunked it down apparently in the fiscal year that ended in March 2017 Cassia reported a loss of 500 million yen Yeah. Oh That’s my that’s my life hopefully luckily equivalent to 4.6 million dollars wowie wowie They’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no market for an increase in market share that can be expected in the future, sir Casio was one of the pioneers in early compact digital cameras apparently back in 1995 They released the casio QV 10, which was the first camera to use an LCD screen to frame an image Which as we all know is how we take photos Yeah, I mean that’s pretty pivotal how today because you must regularly take the photo to flex I assume you probably wouldn’t have expected that at the time I would have thought this is gonna be in every camera Photo is stupid. Yeah. Did you feel like putting a useless window? Yeah, I thought it was stupid, you know 10 15 years Maybe that’ll be the norm again. Yeah, exactly, and we could be just not relevant anymore when it’s at that time, that would be are we gonna So we’re not relevant I’m just gonna have let you guys have a good hard. Look at yourselves for a second. Okay, is it big? Yeah Put the mass in this and I see A poem. Okay, welcome in the frame at all times am a Cashier had stopped producing cameras from most of the world, but the only exception being in their home country, Japan Their last model was 12 megapixel 0 5,000 Although us generation Z’s don’t really come to appreciate Casio as much as you know I’m assuming I would like to we do really have to respect them You know for what being one of the first ones in the game? It’s almost like if my favorite company the best company Nokia stopped making smartphones Oh, that’s it would be devastating for the whole world everybody would Be in tears. I’m assuming what is it? The best company are these real questions that you’re asking? Yes. Ok, so that’s about it Thanks very much for turning up. And if you’ve made it this work this far we appreciate it And if there’s anything we missed comment down below. Bye bye Yeah Why say bye to yourself. Bye Say bye. 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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD OWN A NIKON F4

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD OWN A NIKON F4


[Music] have you guys noticed that all of a sudden everybody’s making videos about the Nikon F4 – this is one of my favorite Nikon’s ever made second only to the Nikon F3 and this was their flagship camera from 1988 to early 1997 and I could not afford one of these when they were new I bought mine in 2004 used this was my main 35mm camera for a number of years and there’s a lot to like about it and since everybody else is doing a video I thought I would chime in and give you five reasons why I think the Nikon F4 is a camera worth owning number one – knobs – the F4 is a pivotal camera from the minimalistic design qualities of the F3 which later evolved into the strange custom function stuff in the f5 that’s accessible from the LCD screen that you had to have the cheat sheet for which evolved into what we have with digital cameras today where we have menus and almost this computer type layout that’s not very intuitive and for me the Nikon F4 represents the last of a breed of cameras that was a completely user based design in other words every function on the camera is accessible with either a knob a dial or some kind of button and when you consider how much was added on to the F4 from the F3 it’s really impressive how they were able to achieve that the F3 worked as kind of native aperture-priority camera you would adjust the aperture on the lens and it would adjust the shutter speed to compensate you can also use it in manual mode there were two more modes added a program mode and shutter priority mode as well as three auto focus modes as well as three metering modes and so everything is accessible by some kind of dial or switch on the camera and a lot of attention was paid to the user experience and the layout in the design and everything is really easy to get to and in many ways today we’re still struggling with coming up with something that’s user-friendly and the F4 really represented I think the height of camera design in that regard number two metering – the Nikon F4 features three different metering modes that you can select to shoot with you can use spot metering which takes a spot reading from the center of the viewfinder you can use what’s called center-weighted metering which is an older-style metering that was found on cameras like the F3 and then finally this was the first of the Nikon flagship cameras to introduce matrix metering which is the system they still use today now center-weighted metering worked pretty well and basically what it did is the meter in the camera took two different readings of the scene and put a slight emphasis on things that were in the center of the picture and it did this with a ratio – and it depends camera to camera but it’s usually an 80/20 or a 75/25 but either way assuming your subject is going to be in the middle of the scene that’s what’s going to put the emphasis now there was a work around if your subject was not in the middle of the scene what you could do is you could put your subject in the middle and then use the AE lock button to lock in the exposure and then just move over and recompose and that worked really well and this worked really well usually for black and white or even c41 film but matrix metering enabled a whole new set of features on this in terms of metering because it takes into account things like color and the way that light works in the scene and a much more advanced way than center-weighted did so if you’re shooting e6 slide film – this is a much more accurate camera because E6 does not have the kind of latitude that black-and-white and c41 do usually so that the exposure is much more crucial now matrix metering is a big deal they have advanced on that over the years and it has evolved but this was the first of the flagship cameras to feature that which brings me to my next point reason number three lens compatibility Nikon have been extremely consistent with their lens design over the years and the F4 is pretty much compatible with every lens Nikon has ever made you can use pre-AI lenses you can use AI, AI-S there a few little technicalities for instance if you use vibration reduction or VR lenses – vibration reduction is a newer technology and the camera does not support it you can still use the lenses you can still use auto focus you just don’t have access to the VR functionality within them another weird little quirk is this lens this is a 50mm f/1.4 G lens and there is no aperture collar on here now remember the way the camera set up everything is either a knob or dial there’s no LCD screen there’s no scrolling through menus so you don’t have access to actually manually changing the aperture which takes away aperture priority mode and manual mode now you can still use the camera in program mode and shutter speed mode with this lens but it does take away some functionality that is very cool and the fact that you can pretty much use any lens Nikon has ever made with this camera is awesome but the feature that sold it for me in the lens department was compatibility with older manual focus lenses like this one and this means like AI-S or AI lenses it supports full matrix metering through manual focus lenses and that is a big deal the f5 does not the f5 will only do center-weighted metering and so if you shoot a lot of slide film and you have a lot of these older manual focus lenses which are very well-designed there’s no auto focus but they’re great lenses and they can usually be found very affordably and you like to use matrix metering this is why you would want to go with the F4 now it is worth noting that there are two other cameras that do support matrix metering in manual focus lenses that would be the Nikon FA and also the Nikon F6 now both those cameras are very different deal than the F4 and you’re not going to find an f6 used anywhere near in the ballpark of affordability as you are with the Nikon F4 which brings me to my next point but first I want to give a quick shout-out to our sponsor this week who are the awesome folks over at squarespace.com Squarespace offers an all-in-one solution for building beautiful websites portfolios an online store or even a holding page for your domain you get access to Squarespace’s amazing back end that makes building websites a breeze head over to squarespace.com and sign up for the free trial and see just how easy it is to get up and running if you do decide to Squarespace is right for you I can save you some money on your order if you use offer code AOP on check out this will save you an additional ten percent off your order so once again that offer code is AOP and I want to give a special shout-out and thanks to squarespace for sponsoring another episode of the art of photography reason number 4 – price – I remember when the F4 came out when I was a kid and it was an amazing camera there was all this amazing functionality was designed for professionals and it was way out of most people’s budgets in 1988 this cost list price over two thousand dollars us and I think that included a 50mm prime kit lens but if you account for inflation that’s probably over 3,000 almost four thousand dollars in today’s prices and so the deal with the F4 is it only survived about nine years the F3 was one of the longest-running Nikon bodies ever at almost 30 years that it was produced this one was produced for about nine years until the f5 came out they dropped production on this and we had the f6 and we moved into the digital cameras when I bought this in 2004 i paid 250 dollars for it and the price is pretty much amazing on the used market now technically this is an F4S because i do have the MB-21 battery grip and I’ll talk about that when we get into the design on here but I think if you’re looking for a 35mm camera and you want a lot of functionality particularly if you shoot slide film these can be had for a song reason number 5: design – as I mentioned the F4 was a very transitional camera for Nikon’s flagship lineup not only in terms of the features it offered with autofocus and matrix metering but also in size the F4 is massive and it’s also very heavy it takes a motherload of double-a batteries and it is a very big cameras kind of funny when you think that is a 35mm film camera but it is very big but the other cool thing about this though is that Nikon took into account the usability and the form factor of the camera and they took that very seriously this is a very comfortable camera to hold as are most of the Nikons that have adopted since this but with all the knobs being in the right place and the form factor the contour and the way this fits in your hands it is a very comfortable camera to shoot on as I mentioned this was my main camera for about two years the only reason I moved away from it is the one drawback is the weight and I kind of was moving away from shooting 35mm film particularly slide film I always liked the look of black and white but I didn’t necessarily need matrix metering for that and the F3 was a lot lighter if you walk around shooting street photography with this camera you will feel it is massive as are most of the big SLR cameras these days and that’s kind of reason that I stopped using it as much plus we were moving into digital around that time and I started adapting with that too so I just wasn’t shooting as much E6 film in 35mm the interesting thing here is there is a roll of film in this camera that’s been in here for at least two years so it will be really interesting to help that see what has accumulated on here in that amount of time but anyway if you are in the market for a serious 35mm camera, you shoot slide film, you don’t want something that’s gonna break the bank you want something is going to adapt older lenses the F4 is incredible if you’re a street photographer you probably want to look elsewhere kinda like the F3 over the F4 – anyway I want to point you to a few other videos that some of my colleagues have done on this Kai formally of DigitalRev has done one and his is very funny I’ve never met Kai in person but he has a very entertaining channel and he runs some expired ektachrome through his F4 so I will link these up on YouTube the other channel I would recommend to you guys is The Camera Store TV I have met Jordan and we have talked a little bit online they are super cool guys and they have a segment that they do on their show what they call the cameras of yesteryear where they do reviews on older cameras to see how they still hold up and they look at the F4 as well so go check those guys out they’re amazing if you enjoyed this video please remember to like it share it and as always subscribe to the art of photography for more videos I will see you guys in the next one until then go to some good see ya later [Music]

Nikon F55  analog film camera /sample images

Nikon F55 analog film camera /sample images


Hello friends of analog photography. In today’s video I’m gonna share some of my test images with you that I took with the Nikon F55. It´s this camera that I’ve already mentioned in one of my previous videos. What I like about the Nikon F55 is, that I can use it with my modern Nikon lenses. This gives me an extra step of quality on the 35 millimeter film. So without wasting any more time, let’s start the slideshow and if you liked it, please hit that subscribe button. Thank you! all images first shot on Ilford HP5 plus. The film was not pushed or anything in post. It’s just developed and scanned in to show you the images

Buying a Kid’s Camera : How to Find the Best Digital Camera for Kids

Buying a Kid’s Camera : How to Find the Best Digital Camera for Kids


Hi, I’m Frank Anderson. I’d like to talk to
you about how to buy the best digital camera for your kids. Of course, the first thing
is, it’s got to be trendy. And it’s got to be the latest design. Kids want the coolest
thing. And specially, when it’s brightly colored, is probably the best option. You should look
on TV. Try to ask the child, what they’re really interested in. It will probably be
the latest model. You should think of something which is compact, fit easily into your pocket.
You should also consider, what software is bundled with the camera. You might be able,
for example to have fun backgrounds. You might be able to attach interesting surrounds to
it. And of course, you should always be able to upgrade the camera. So start with a cheap
camera. And then you can always upgrade, later. Durability is also a big feature for kids.
So go on-line, check reviews and choose a camera which is going to stand up, to some
hard use. At the beginning of course, it’s probably best to choose a very simple point
and shoot camera. However, later on, you can always upgrade to a camera which has facilities
such as an optical or digital zoom. Which will have anti red eye facility. And perhaps
is got a built in macro attachment on it. If you really have the money, you might even
be able to afford image stabilization. Lastly, don’t worry too much about mega pixels. Try
to find a camera that’s easier to use. The easier it is to use, the better your child
will like it. And remember lastly, don’t buy a camera that you like. Because they will
probably hate it.