Photography Articles, How-To’s & Rants

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The Last Brownie Camera

by Chuck Baker

The Last Brownie Camera | David Fisk photoThe Kodak Brownie II camera was the last Brownie camera released. Made and distributed only in Brazil and only during 1986, it’s interesting that the reign of the camera that introduced snapshot photography to the masses ended this way.
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What Makes a Real Photographer?

by Christopher Hosford

One of the most interesting debates in the world of photography today swirls around the memory of a dead eccentric who would cringe at the idea she was in the public eye whatsoever.
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Making Photos With An Ancient Camera

by David A. Cory

making-photos-david-cory-smallA No 3 Folding Brownie camera is found, loaded and used again. David A. Cory  tells us about his experience with getting this camera to do what it was intended to do.
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The Challenges Of Buying A Used Film Camera

by Christopher Hosford

Buying a used cameraAnybody who is into old film cameras must know that acquiring one constitutes a delicate dance between hope and experience. Christopher Hosford shares his thoughts and tips about getting that new old camera into your hands.
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The 1st Brownie Camera

by Chuck Baker

The Brownie took the world by storm and created point & shoot snapshot photography as we know it today. Here’s some information about the camera, why it was made and the people who made it happen.
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The 100th Anniversary Brownie Camera

by Chuck Baker

The Last Brownie Camera Ever MadeTo celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Eastman Company, this simple 110 cartridge Brownie Camera was branded and sold. This was one of the last gasps for the reign of the Brownie Camera models.
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David A. Cory: About Image Making

An Interview

David A.Cory has become a driving force in the “alternative” photography world with his incredible “rotating” Holga images. This interview answered some of my own questions about this fantastic imagery.
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The Selling of Lomography

by Chuck Baker

HolgaLomography has attracted many people to film and digital photography. But has the Selling of Lomography helped or hurt the cause?
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Separating The Photo From The Subject

by Christopher Hosford

Is there a difference between the quality of a photo and the impact of the subject?
Christopher thoughtfully examines this question and shares his own experience on this subject.
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My 5 Days At Auschwitz – Day 1

by Chuck Baker

What started as a 5 day photography trip turned into a look at life, death, and myself.
I will be posting my thoughts and images over the next few weeks as I sort through both.
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I’m a Kodak Brownie Fan!

by Christopher Hosford

A nice article written by the founder and host of “Kodak Brownie Fans“, a Facebook group that has fast become the place to go for hobnobing with likeminded Brownie Camera enthusiasts. Christopher says: “Even though I’m trying to make photos I can be proud of, I’m also aware that the Brownie was not invented as an artist’s tool. I have to keep reminding myself of that, get a little off my high horse, and actually take pictures of family and friends to capture that Kodak moment.See The Article…

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How & Why To Respool 620 Film

by Chuck Baker

Respool 620 filmIf you’re reading this I’ll bet you’ve found a great camera and that it uses “obsolete” 620 film. All is not lost! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to respool any available 120 film onto a 620 spool. Use your 620 camera without it jamming and save a lot of money! I also explain why I think it’s better to respool than it is to “file and jam”. See The Article…

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5 thoughts on “Photography Articles, How-To’s & Rants

  1. JULIO CESAR GUEVARA

    I have a brownie Kodak Fiesta Flash Model , made in USA 1955, and I would like to know what is the f aperture and the time of this camera, due I would like to take photos with this camera.

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    1. chuck Post author

      The f/stop would be approximately f/11 and the shutter was 1/35-1/50 when new. I would suggest shooting a roll of asa 100 or 400, keeping notes and use the most correct film the next time out for specific light conditions. These cameras do not keep accurate shutter speeds over time. Some of my Hawkeye’s use 100 film and some must use 400 film, even in bright sun…the cameras are individual.

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  2. Francois Trahan

    A friend gave me a Brownie camera made by Canadian Kodak Co. Limited and using 120 film. Looks like a No 2 Brownie but only has one viewfinder, fix lens aperture and only one shutter speed. It is said that the Brownie with only one viewfinder in center is a square format but mine gives 6×9 negatives.
    On the back, there is a stamp with Kodak manufacturing info (Canadian and Toronto Ont.) no but nothing else than “use Kodak no 120 film”.
    Is it possible to know wich model and year of production? Thanks a lot for help.

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