Posts tagged Retro
Childhood Nostalgia

Maybe it’s a mid life crisis, I’m on a bit of a nostalgia trip right now. It’s fun looking back at some of the things you did or enjoyed during your childhood. As a kid you do what you like, rather than what others think is cool. It’s something that’s missing in this modern social media world. So I’ve been looking back at who I used to be, and getting back in touch with my inner child.

What’s amazed me is how many aspects of my life growing up are still relevant to the things I’m interested now. This post is quite long, so I recommend getting a cup of your favourite childhood beverage, sitting back and coming on a journey with me through some of the things that have defined me as a person, and what I plan to embrace more of in the future!

Read More
Are old digital cameras still viable in 2018? - Fujifilm Finepix 2800 Zoom

I often get asked by people about what camera they should buy, and when the majority of people are using Instagram as their main place to show their images, often my answer is something along the lines of ‘you can’t buy a bad camera these days’.

With places like eBay and Depop being filled with a whole host of second hand cameras, I was wondering what the pros and cons of old digital cameras are for everyday Instagram photography. I have almost all my old cameras, so I’m going to do a bunch of tests to see what is and isn’t viable in 2018. 

Read More
Taking back control

One of my pet hates when using a lot of modern digital cameras is that unlike their film counterparts from 20+ years ago, quite often they feel like computers with lenses on the front. It's like you push a button and then electronic wizardry happens and a photo appears. I much prefer the sound of a mechanical kerchunk of a shutter and the ratchety sound of film being wound on. Shooting on film makes me feel like it's really me that's taking the photo, and not the camera.

In an attempt to take back a little bit of control and make myself feel like more of the photographic process, I got hold of an MF-2 adaptor for the Olympus OM-D. What this allows me to do is use all the old OM lenses on the OM-D. Now the first reason for doing this is that the optics are awesome, but another reason is that I now have to manually set the aperture on the lens, and do all the focussing manually too. Ok, so it's still attached to the front of electronic wizardry, but it's a start!

Read More
Olympus OM-D E-M5

A few months ago I blogged about a shoot I did for Olympus User magazine to review the new Olympus OM-D. Well having used the camera for several months now, I thought I would go a bit more in depth and go through some of my feelings and experiences of this new camera.

Last year I blogged about my Olympus PEN E-PL1 and how much I loved it. After a year of using it, whilst still loving it and taking it everywhere, I had discovered a few areas I thought it could improve upon. Well Olympus have clearly developed a telepathic R&A department, because all the niggles that were in my head are completely gone on the OM-D!

Read More
How long before now is retro?

I've been looking at a lot of the cool images that inspire me and trying to work out what it is about them that I like. As many of you know, I love a lot of the photography from some of the great fashion photographers like Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton. Due to the time these guys were working, a lot of their images have a really great retro vibe to them... something I'm seeing replicated a lot in the fashion mags today.

Read More
Old Skool Cool

I picked up a new toy this week from Ebay. I've always loved Polaroid cameras, despite never having owned one. During their heyday, when I was growing up, my parents always told me they were too expensive, so I had always used 35mm film.

I love the look and feel of a polaroid photograph. I love the snap shot nature of it, and the elongated white border, giving just enough space to write a short note about the image within it's edges.

Read More