Great Photos - Simple Cameras

Great Photos - Simple Cameras


305 Pages


When we look at everyday life, we realize that it is far from easy. Indeed, we are often confronted with the contrary: complicated instead of simple; demanding instead of effortless.

As photographers, we face a similar situation with regard to our chosen hobby. The camera and computer are wonderful technical instruments, but their growing complexity can sometimes take away from the joy we find when we engage in creative work.

In this book, author Bernd Daub shows us that simplicity works. He describes how with simple camera techniques, traditional film, and some imagination we can create ambitious artwork. This book teaches us how to focus our attention on the motivation behind our chosen image and develop a strong image impact without the need for high-tech equipment and flawless exposures.

Learn about a variety of reasonably priced, low-tech cameras-such as the Holga, Diana, and Blackbird-as well as single-use cameras, the good old Agfa-Box, and the pinhole camera. For price-conscious beginners and intermediate photographers with high-quality equipment, this book provides ideas for alternative techniques without large investments. You'll discover many new possibilities as you foster your creativity.



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Great Photos – Simple Cameras
Bernd Daub
Great PhotosSimple Cameras
From Holga to Pinhole: An Alternative Approach to Creative Photography
Bernd Daub (
Editor: Gerhard Rossbach Copyeditor: Jeanne Hansen Layout and Type: Nadine Thiele Cover Design: Helmut Kraus, Printer: Tallinna Raamatutrükikoja OÜ Printed in Estonia
ISBN 978-1-937538-02-6
1st Edition 2012 © 2012 by Bernd Daub
Rocky Nook Inc. 802 East Cota St., 3rd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Copyright © 2012 by dpunkt.verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany. Title of the German original: Gute Fotos – simple Technik ISBN 978-3-89864-783-0 Translation Copyright © 2012 by Rocky Nook. All rights reserved.
 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Daub, Bernd, 1954-Great Photos - Simple Cameras: from Holga to pinhole : an alternative approach to creative photography / by Bernd Daub. -- 1st ed.  p. cm. ISBN 978-1-937538-02-6 (softcover : alk. paper) 1. Cameras. 2. Photography, Artistic. I. Title. TR250.D28 2012 771.3--dc23  2012009973
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Creativity without a Straitjacket
Chapter 1 SUC SUC SUC: Black-and-White SUC: Color SUC: CrazyFilm
Chapter 2 Greetings from the Far East HOLGA DIANA Blackbird, Fly
Chapter 3 Oldies Kodak Brownie No. 2 CERTINA BELLA 66 IIa
Chapter 4 Canomatic Motorized film advance Focus-free color lens Interchangeable lenses Aperture control Zoom lens SLR viewfinder Ergonomic grip Indicator light
11 26 28 29 31
33 56 63 68
73 85 88 90
95 109 109 109 109 110 110 110 110
Self-timed shutter release Side flash system
Chapter 5 Pinhole Cameras Holga Panorama DIANA Pinhole Pancakes Zero 2000
Chapter 6 For Do-It-Yourselfers P-SHARAN HOLGA DIY KIT Recesky
Chapter 7 Good Intentions LOREO DIANA Lens Lensbaby Making Filters Yourself
Chapter 8 Storage Media Loading 35 mm Film Loading Roll Film
Chapter 9 Simply Digital TECHNAXX X1 Digital SLIM 5L-II
Chapter 10 Finale The Lab Scanner The Fast The Pleasant The Versatile Image Editing The Finished Image
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Appendix Prices Websites Youtube
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What’s your preference: simple or complicated? Most people would saysimple. Why make life more difficult than it needs to be? Who wouldn’t prefer an easy, uncompli-cated life? The simpler, the better, without question—right? If you take a closer look at our everyday lives, though, you’ll see that they’re anything but uncomplicated and that we actually are confronted with the opposite: complexity instead of simplicity, multiplicity instead of minimalism, a worried mind instead of a carefree one. We live in a time of advanced technological complexity that has so en-riched our lives that we try to emulate its dynamic in our personal lives. Much of our stress and obligations are heaped on us from outside sources; it’s hardly possible to buy public transit tickets from a person at a counter or on the bus anymore. You must instead buy them from an automated machine that can present a real challenge for the uninitiated. Our jobs further create unavoidable burdens, and as if that weren’t enough, we throw on plenty of additional obligations in our personal lives as well. Instead of the quality of life afforded through simplicity, we opt for countless features of complexity that we actually believe make our lives better. The complexities start to mount first thing on a workday morning with our clock radio that is supposed to wake us gently from our slumber with a slowly increasing volume. In addition to playing the radio, our alarm clocks also need to be able to play natural sounds and our favorite MP3s. Furthermore, they should kindly remind us in program-mable time intervals that we still haven’t woken up to the previous signal. Finally, they should be able to project the time directly onto our ceilings (in either 12- or 24-hour mode) so we know that we’re already running late. At this point, it’s time to inform our boss and colleagues with our smartphones that we’re behind schedule. The traditional way to do this would be to make a call, but nowadays people rely on shooting off a quick text message instead. We can even opt to send a picture, showing us with dark rings around our eyes and disheveled hair. Now real expediency is needed. We move on to our automatic coffeemakers that are programmed to run at just the right moment with a customized amount of water and correctly ground beans to produce the ideal personalized beverage that will provide us with just enough of that stimulating drug, caffeine, to help us fight off our need for more sleep.