Where’s my website gone? A just in time rescue…

Since setting up this site, I’ve been researching, investigating and trying to implement various methods of disaster recovery in case the inevitable happens and I suffer either a hardware or software failure. Despite this looming possibility, I still haven’t managed to find a set up which works for my particular set up, in the way … Read more

How to get in to Film Photography –
Shoot, Develop and Digitise your first 35mm film on a shoestring budget

Film photography should be cheap and fun, but it is possible to spend an absolute fortune on developing, scanning and digitising kit if you’re not careful. The fact of the matter is that you really don’t need to despite what many film advocates will try to tell you. It is more than possible to buy … Read more

The law and ethics of street photography

Street photography offers some of the most rich and engaging imaging opportunities. Our streets are full of character, personality, action, life and culture. It is arguably one of the most accessible forms of photography – everyone lives somewhere! However, it brings with it a set of concerns, laws and rules that are often misunderstood or … Read more

The Story of Abandoned Memories Part 1 – Developing mystery used films from Ebay

Every now again a camera will come up for sale which still has a film left in it, usually in various states of exposure ranging from completely used to only just loaded. If you’re a regular reader you’ll remember I recently had some experience with this from a roll of Kodak Gold 400 that had … Read more

Using the first Canon DSLR in 2022 – The 3MP, £30, Canon D30

Before we begin – yes, technically, there had been a Canon digital SLR prior to the D30, but that was a collaboration between Kodak, who supplied the sensor and Canon, who bolted this onto the back of an EOS 1V film body. So not really a DSLR, especially when you take in to account that … Read more

Canon EOS IX7 APS Film SLR Review – The simultaneous birth and death of Canon APS SLR’s

One thing about film photography is that once you scratch beneath the 35mm and 120 film surface, you discover that there have been countless different formats that have come and gone for various reasons. APS is just one of those historic attempts at doing something different in an effort to standardise on a form factor … Read more

Which is Better: Colour or Black and White Photography?

Here are two identical compositions, one colour, one black and white. Which is better? The answer is, of course, subjective. Some of us prefer bright, vibrant, colourful images whilst others can appreciate the tone, mood and meaning that black and white can convey. So, nothing to see here, end of article. It’s never that simple, … Read more

Canon 350D for £26. Is it worth it in 2022? A Retrospective Review

Launched in February 2005, the Canon 350D marked another significant step forward in the rapidly evolving digital SLR landscape. Its predecessor, the 300D had changed the market and rate of adoption for “serious amateur” digital photography by offering a body that was capable, produced great results and above all was affordable to most who wanted … Read more

Colour in Rodinal – Forgotten Kodak film resurrected

A short while back I did a roundup of some extremely cheap camera purchases from Ebay. Amongst the various cameras was a Hanimex 35HF Motor which had a roll of Kodak Ultra 400 24 exposure film left in it, with an apparent 12 shots already used. Not being someone who likes to waste film, I … Read more

Windows 11 – Your PC is totally, definitely, maybe compatible.

First written 09/10/2021 – A retrospective of my experiences using Windows 11. Last week, Microsoft released Windows 11 to the general public and very quickly it appeared in Windows update on my home PC. Just before we get into things, we need to just clarify the following: The machine is basically new More than meets … Read more