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How To Mix D-76 B&W Film Developer at Home & Save a Lot of Money

April 23, 2021 - If you develop your own black and white film at home, then you already know that you probably go through periods where y...
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Ilford Just Announced New 5th Generation RC Portfolio Paper

January 19, 2021 - I am really excited to share the brand new announcement from Ilford today. They announced they are releasing a 5th gene...
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3 Reasons Why Hiking Improves Your Photography

March 28, 2020 - In this article today, I am going to share three key reasons how hiking can improve your photography, no matter your gen...
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My New Favorite iPhone App For The Darkroom in 2020

February 28, 2020 - A few years ago, I discovered and started using Mark II Artist's Viewfinder to simplify the scouting and composition pro...
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How To Make a Simple B&W Contact Printing Setup For Darkroom Printing

February 05, 2020 - In this article today, I am going to show you how simple it is to make a black and white contact printing setup that you...
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Go Small To Achieve Big Things

December 05, 2019 - As we near the end of the year, I have started my business planning process for next year and I realized something that...
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Sinar Copal Shutter Adapted To Fit My 8x10 Chamonix View Camera

November 03, 2019 - I recently had Chamonix make me a custom adapter to allow me to mount my Sinar Copal Shutter behind the lens on my 8x10...
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Can You ID The Grain From These Films Exposed at EI 3200?

July 25, 2019 - I've recently been exploring and testing a variety of different black and white film and developer combinations to use a...
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Wild Horses of Missouri Diary Update - July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019 - In this edition of the Wild Horses Diary, I share updates on the four main herds of the Shannon County Missouri Wild Hor...
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Fuji Announced Neopan 100 ACROS II is Coming!!

June 19, 2019 - Fuji Announced Neopan 100 ACROS II is Coming!! Back in April 2018, I heard the terrible news that Fujifilm was going to...
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Trying To Use Large Format For Wild Horse Photography

June 05, 2019 - I have been exploring new ground this year by photographing the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri using my Nikon F...
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Do People Today Really Value Art?

February 28, 2019 - I was thinking and reflecting about art in general during my hike today and I sort of realized that art has been part of...
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Breaking News: Is The Kodak Film Business Being Sold?

February 04, 2019 - According to a new article published by PetaPixel: "Big news in the world of film photography: the Kodak film business i...
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The Large Format Photography Minimalist Getting Started Guide

January 19, 2019 - I love large format photography with a passion and I enjoy helping other photographers learn the technical aspects to ul...
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An Easy Tip On How You Can Instantly Improve Your Photography

December 30, 2018 - I have a very easy tip for you that will instantly improve your photography. As photographers, we are constantly in the...
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Minimalist Large Format Photography Guide

November 21, 2018 - I get a lot of questions from analog photographers from around the world and one that I have been getting a lot lately i...
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Perfectly Imperfect - Silver Gelatin Dry Plates

October 08, 2018 - In our modern and seemingly perfect world, I think it is refreshing to craft images from raw materials. I am talking abo...
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Darkroom Diary: Managing Curling in Silver Gelatin Fiber Prints

July 19, 2018 - My Darkroom Diary series is a monograph about the lessons that I have learned while making large scale black and white f...
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Introducing Darkroom Dahlia - Large Format B&W Silver Gelatin Fine Art Print

July 14, 2018 - It was a fantastic day in the darkroom. Tim Jr. and I made this new print using our newly updated 8x10 enlarger. "Darkr...
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Do You Need to Do Less To Achieve More in Your Photography?

June 05, 2018 - The older that I get, the smarter my dad becomes... I am very passionate about nature, and in particular, flowers, tree...
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Why Photographing What Matters Unleashes Your Full Creative Potential

October 10, 2017 - I have been going through an interesting time in my creative journey, and I thought sharing some of my personal thoughts...
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The Value of Continuing to Create - A Photographers Perspective

July 22, 2017 - I was talking to a young and energetic photographer recently and he asked me if I had one piece of advice for new photog...
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Laying Out My Mounting & Mat Options For Large Format Contact Platinum Prints

June 28, 2017 - I get a lot of questions about the presentation of prints, so I thought I would share some background information about...
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The Single Best Question A Photographer Can Ask

June 22, 2017 - I have been reflecting recently on the last thirty years of being a photographer, and I discovered some things about mys...
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DIY PVC Tube Development Timeline for Two Films - Update No. 3

April 16, 2017 - In my quest for being more efficient with my semi-stand development process for individual films, I needed a method to d...
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Update on My DIY Film Development Tubes

April 14, 2017 - I have continued to test my DIY development tubes with Pyrocat HD and the semi-stand process. I discovered something tha...
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DIY Development Tubes For Large Format B&W Film Using Pyrocat HD and Semi-Stand Development

March 26, 2017 - I have been developing my films (black and white, color negative C-41, color slides E-6) on a Jobo processor for many ye...
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Nikkor-T ED 600mm Telephoto Convertible Large Format Lens

March 24, 2017 - I have been wanting a longer telephoto lens for many years for my large format view cameras. I needed the reach many tim...
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Al Roker from NBC Shines The Light on Analog Photography

March 07, 2017 - Al Roker from NBC's Today Show shines the light on old-school analog photography today as he takes viewers behind the sc...
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The Science Behind Making a B&W Darkroom Print

February 07, 2017 - In this article, I share some important details on the scientific aspects of darkroom printing that are good to understa...
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It is Difficult to Be Simple in Modern Times - But it is Possible

November 29, 2016 - In our technology-driven busy world, it seems increasingly difficult to be still, quiet, and peaceful. When I visit a ma...
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Why Flowers Are Important

November 03, 2016 - I view photography as a tool to help me accomplish two main goals. My primary goal is to raise awareness about the chal...
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5 Tips to Photograph Like a Pro

November 01, 2016 - The tips that I will be sharing today have absolutely nothing to do with cameras or gear. The most common mistake that I...
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How to Read A Black and White Film Negative

August 18, 2016 - The reason why we expose and develop our films is to tell stories via our photographs. Do you know what your negatives a...
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Film is Alive and Well as Evidenced by the New Jobo CPE-3 Processor!

August 15, 2016 - As an advocate for the arts, photographic film, and darkroom photography, I am super excited that Jobo has developed a b...
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How To Calculate New Exposure Times for Different Size Enlargements in the Darkroom

August 05, 2016 - I received a great question from one of my Darkroom Diary Subscribers (thanks, Rey) and I thought I would create a blog...
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Platinum Printing Overview

June 01, 2016 - Platinum printing is one of the oldest photographic processes, dating back to the 1870’s. Platinum prints are noted for...
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New Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper

April 17, 2016 - I am very excited because there is a new paper for platinum printing. If you have never tried platinum printing, then t...
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Black and White Darkroom Resource Glossary

April 11, 2016 - I found a very good thread over on APUG that I thought could be useful for darkroom photographers. I have consolidated...
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Are You Over-Correcting For Your Photography and Blind to Your Potential Shortcomings?

April 08, 2016 - In the paragraph below, Ansel Adams shared some interesting insights about himself in his book, The Print. If you don't...
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How to Determine Your ISO Rating for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black & White Paper

April 05, 2016 - Ilford Harman Black and White Paper is a refreshing and fun way to create positives on fiber paper directly in your larg...
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Developer Options for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Paper

April 04, 2016 - I love the simplicity of Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Fiber Paper. I like the classic look of this medi...
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20+ Reasons Why I Use Large Format Film in the Digital 21st Century

March 26, 2016 - I am often asked about why I would go to all the trouble of lugging around "that huge camera" when digital has taken ove...
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Why I Choose Black and White Darkroom Photography in the 21st Century

March 26, 2016 - I receive a lot of emails about black and white photography, so I thought I would share some of my key thoughts about wh...
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Reflections About my Future as a Large Format Darkroom Photographer and Next Steps

March 26, 2016 - In a recent article, I shared my thoughts about how I think the incredible options and variables we are afforded today a...
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A Call Out to Large Format Contact Printers

March 02, 2016 - I wanted to send this call out to the large format contact printers around the world and get your thoughts. I am going t...
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Distraction - What is the True Cost To Your Photography?

February 29, 2016 - As I continue to work diligently on my new darkroom, I have had many days and hours to think. I realized a few things t...
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Is There a Link Between "Old Souls" and Incredible Photography?

February 18, 2016 - A friend of mine sent me an article titled "The 6 Most Common Traits of Old Souls" and it got me to thinking. In this ar...
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Understanding Color Spectrum for Silver Gelatin Emulsion Makers

December 22, 2015 - Understanding the color spectrum and how it relates to silver gelatin emulsion formulas is an important part of photoche...
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Materials List to Make the Chloro-Bromide (ClBr) Emulsion for my Large Format Paper Negatives

December 15, 2015 - This is a brief article to provide an update on the making of the ClBr (Chloro-Bromide) silver gelatin emulsion for my l...
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The Journey of Simplicity for a Large Format Analog Photographer is Sometimes Complicated

December 08, 2015 - INTRODUCTION As I continue to build out my off the grid cabin and darkroom, I challenge myself to find ways to simplify...
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Dry Plates for Babies (Beginners) - Getting Started Guide by Tim Layton

December 07, 2015 - If you have ever thought about making your own dry plate glass negatives, then this article is for you. With the approa...
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Tested an LED Light Bulb for Contact Printing in the Darkroom

December 06, 2015 - I have been using incandescent light bulbs in the darkroom for over 30 years to make contact prints. I was motivated to...
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New Mobile Dark Tent for Working in the Field

November 20, 2015 - I had posted a photo of my homemade dark box on Facebook that I use in my Sprinter while in the field and my photo frien...
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One Camera, One Film, What is Your Choice?

November 17, 2015 - I was recently talking to a friend and I asked him if you had to pick one camera and one film to create with for the res...
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Advice for New B&W Film Darkroom Printers

November 15, 2015 - I thought I would share some practical advice that I recently gave to a friend in regards to getting started with black...
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Why I Still Create Fine Art Prints in the Darkroom

October 15, 2015 - I love when people ask me why I still print in the darkroom and haven't "gone digital". I am not quite sure what "havin...
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The Ultimate Freedom for a Large Format Photographer - The Nikon F

October 11, 2015 - The vast majority of my work is created with large format camera systems, but I love the freedom of using a mechanical s...
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Sage Advice for New Black and White Film Photographers

October 11, 2015 - When a photographer starts exploring black and white film and darkroom printing for the first time, I have noticed a few...
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Large Format Sheet Film Cost Analysis

October 04, 2015 - I originally wrote this article on October 4, 2015 because I was evaluating large format sheet film costs and over time,...
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Why Use Large Format Film in Modern Times?

October 04, 2015 - Why would any photographer use large format gear and film when we are living in the digital age? Why not use large form...
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The Quest to Get Ilford HP5+ 11x14 Large Format Film Figured Out

September 29, 2015 - With the new 11x14 camera, I am going to test and give HP5+ 11x14 sheet film a try. I have an update at the bottom of t...
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Kodak T-Max 100 is Faster than Tri-X 320 for Long Exposures

September 26, 2015 - It may sound a little odd that a 100-speed film is faster than a 400/320-speed film, but that is in fact, true when it c...
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Metering for Different Film Types - Darkroom Discussions

September 24, 2015 - Metering for film photography is one of those topics that seems to always come up. In particular, when people are new to...
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How to Calculate Dilution Ratio in the Darkroom

September 12, 2015 - In this article, I discuss how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used fo...
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Metering for Black and White Negative Film vs. Using Digital Cameras

September 05, 2015 - One of the things that I love most about black and white negative film is the ability to capture a very wide range of co...
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The Pentax 67II Medium Format Film Camera

August 22, 2015 - The Pentax 67II has long been out of production since 2009, but I have been wanting this camera for many years. In this...
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Wet Mount Scanning vs. Dry Mount with Epson V700/800 Scanner

May 31, 2015 - In this article, I share my personal test results from dry scanning and wet mount scanning my films with you so you can...
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My 8x10 Large Format Backpacking & Gear Reveal

May 31, 2015 - I use my 8x10 Chamonix camera more than any of my other large format cameras. I specialize in making very large silver...
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The Simplicity of Large Format Photography is an Advantage For Me

April 07, 2015 - It occurred to me that our success and failure is linked to our perceptions. I think this concept applies whether you ar...
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How to Make Your Own Fixer & Stop Bath for Darkroom Black and White Archival Printmaking

April 02, 2015 - If you want to properly process archival darkroom silver gelatin prints via the classic method as taught by Ansel Adams...
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How to Create Fine Art Black and White Archival Prints in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - In modern times we are fortunate enough to have had many great photographers come before us and perfect many of the proc...
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How to Make a Black and White Darkroom Print with Variable Contrast Paper

April 02, 2015 - In this article I will walk you through the process of making a black and white print via an enlarger in the darkroom. T...
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How to Make Black and White Proper Proofs in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - If you are a traditional black and white photographer then you absolutely must determine your personal EI (exposure inde...
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How to Make Black and White Contact Prints in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - In this article, I am going to walk you through how to make a silver gelatin darkroom contact print from beginning to en...
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How to Expose for Shadows and Develop for Highlights Using B&W Film

April 02, 2015 - If you have been around film photography for very long a couple of quick observations come to mind. First, things just s...
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How to Choose a Black and White Film Developer

April 02, 2015 - Based on the continued growth of analog film I've decided to write an article to help you with some of the key informati...
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How To Determine Base Exposure For Contact Prints In The Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - There are a variety of reasons why you would want to determine your base exposure time for your contact printing process...
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The Importance of Time in Fine Art Photography & Storytelling

March 12, 2015 - I decided to write this article because I am hopeful that by me sharing the way that I work, that I can help others be b...
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Film - What is it Made of?

March 10, 2015 - Have you ever wondered what film is made of? If so, you are in the right place. By knowing more about the underlying de...
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Analog Film Photography Exposure Considerations

March 10, 2015 - When thinking about our subjects, scenes, and the story we want to tell with our photograph, there is little to worry ab...
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Diafine B&W Film Developer - Everything You Need To Know

March 10, 2015 - So, what is Diafine? Diafine is a fine grain, full or greater film speed two-part black and white developer that possess...
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Fine Art Black and White Printmaking

February 20, 2015 - In modern times, we are fortunate enough to have had many great photographers come before us and perfect many of the pro...
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