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My Camera Retirement Home
aka my camera collection.
Light Meter Collection
I have way too many of these things.
I do not collect telescopes.
The Cheap Digital Infrared Camera Project
Converting an inexpensive digital camera to shoot Infrared.
DIY Small Voltage Power Supply Project
for testing old cameras and light meters.
A Guide to Enlargers
Everything I know and more about a darkroom's biggest toy.
A look at my personal library.
California is going to break off and sink into the ocean under the weight of my old magazines.
Manuals and Documentation
Instruction manuals and brochures for some cameras, darkroom equipment and light meters.
Old Camera and Photographic Advertisements
Vintage ads I found amusing, informative, nostalgic or just plain odd.
Shirleys: Kodak's Standard Negatives and Prints
Probably the most arcane collection on the internet.
A Beginner's Guide to Darkroom Equipment
A discussion of common darkroom items—tanks, chemicals, and accessories.
A Beginner's Guide to Developing Film
Instructions and advice on developing B&W film.
A Beginner's Guide to Large Format
An introduction into large format photography written in Frequently Asked Questions format.
Basic Exposure and the Four Camera Controls
A brief explanation of how film speed, shutter speed, aperture and white balance affect exposure.
A Camera-leather Treatment Recipe
An old recipe for a leather treatment/preservative for classic cameras. Not for use on bellows.
Old Magazine Articles
Popular Mechanics's Photo Handbook
, 1948 edition.
Are Flash Exposure Tables Crazy?
article from 1941.
Do You Know Your Flash Connectors?
article from 1955.
How Practical is the View-Master System?
article from 1955.
How to Get the Best from Your Exposure Meter
article from 1953.
timeless purchasing tips from the
Photo Information Almanac 1982
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