Playing the Averages

I have found nothing in the world of digital photography that can match that moment when you hold up a sheet of negatives or transparencies to the light. With the sun behind it a correctly exposed large or medium format colour transparency gleams like some sort of polished stained glass window. At that moment you instinctively know how good they are, and which ones are worth printing or scanning. The very best pictures stand in a way that has never been repeated when I chimp at a LCD screen on the back of a digital camera. A histogram just does not do it for me! [...]

Rules Are There To Be Broken

I have found that the so called “rules” of photography can often be challenged, and then with a little thought, can be ignored. Experience has taught me that there really are no cast iron rules in photography, and I am convinced that half the time they are merely invented by writers to fill up [...]

Travelling Light

After years of carrying around a huge backpack loaded with lots of things I “might need,” I have spent more time recently travelling around on foot with the minimum of equipment.

A year ago I made a conscious effort to carry only one (film) camera on any trip, nothing else, and generally would select [...]

A Cat and a Man in a Hat

In the interest of sharing with, and also in scaring everyone who owns a Leica MP, this is what happens when the shutter breaks.

I was shocked when a processed film showed random lines throughout and light bleeding all over, and then oddly the next film was fine. I was more shocked when I [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 2

(Part One of this post is http://www.rogercoulam.com/blog/2011/01/escaping-the-digital-straight-jacket-part-one/)

Freeing myself from my tripod (and medium format) was mentally difficult but very liberating, and finding a balance between image quality and being able to take pictures quickly and spontaneously, (without too much thought), is an ongoing battle.

I dispensed with digital early in the project because [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 1

Over the last year I have been working on a new body of pictures, which can be loosely classed as street photography.

My work was being completely dictated by my clients, and I invariably shot a certain type of picture for a certain marketplace. This stunted my creativity and almost stopped me making pictures, [...]