A 4×5 In My Pocket (a new strap, too!)

About fifteen years ago I switched from shooting 4x5 film to shooting small sensor digital. The switch was a big one--I had to give up resolution and important controls regarding what was in focus and the shape of things as projected on the film. But what I gained was mobility,…

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My First Camera

Writing these thoughts about how I am teaching my kids photography causes me to pause and ask myself--How did I learn photography? I don’t know if that is a story worth telling but I do want to mention the very first step I took down that path. I was a…

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How to Teach Kids Photography, Part Two

In the first installment of this series, I shared a few thoughts on how to teach kids photography--ideas that I tried out with some success with my own daughters. To organize my thoughts in order to share them with you I’ve broken down the lessons I’ve learned so far into…

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How to Teach Kids Photography, Part One

Originally published on some long-ago blog of mine on November 9, 2011, updated slightly here. There’s a sort of mythology growing in some quarters that once-upon-a-time cameras required knowledge of the craft of photography to use. That you had to know a little about f-stops and shutter speeds in order…

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Photography Since Yesterday

During the early years of the Depression one began to notice, here and there, young men with what appeared to be leather-cased opera glasses slung about their necks. They were the pioneers of the camera craze who had discovered that the Leicas and other tiny German cameras, which took postage-stamp-size…

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