August

1

Photography: An Art, A Science or A Simple Past-time Hobby

Photographers are passionate about our art. From weekend warriors on the sidelines of children’s games to hobbyists experimenting with light to professionals who do this for a living, photography takes many forms. While taking pictures can be a simple pastime hobby, it is also both an art and a science to those who love it.

Even though everyone wants to produce a beautiful, thought-provoking photograph, photography is a science as much as it is an art. Photography is based on the physics of light refraction, and it gets increasingly complex as Read the rest of this entry »

May

30

Photography 101: Framing That Shot The Right Way

We often think of framing as matting and surrounding pictures with wood, plastic or metal borders, but framing is also a photography technique. When done with the camera, this tactic can be just as effective at drawing in the eye.

By creating a border within the picture, you give the photo context. For example, if you are snapping pics of a street scene, framing it through an archway may tell viewers something extra about the location. Including foliage in a shot’s background can create Read the rest of this entry »

March

30

A Historical Look At The Evolution Of A Photographer’s Darkroom

We tend to take photographs for granted now. Technology has given us the ability to snap a photo and know what it looks like and even edit it within seconds. There are now entire websites dedicated to the availibility and popularity of instant, mobile photographs– Instagram in particular. Even disposable cameras, which were incredibly quick in comparison to the photo development process of centuries past, have fallen out of public use in favor of even quicker digital cameras and cell phone cameras. But just Read the rest of this entry »

October

22

Whatever Happened To That Polaroid Land Camera?

The Polaroid Land Camera was a camera that would produce instant photos. The Polaroid Land Camera would produce a photo in under a minute. People may wonder what happened to these convenient cameras.

This Polaroid camera was produced from 1947 to 1983. They get their name from the inventor Edwin Land. This camera was very popular and would sell out in no time mostly a matter of days. With all the new technology that is being produced today like digital cameras and camcorders the amount of need for the Land Camera hit a downfall.Never heard of this before? Get up to Read the rest of this entry »

The Eastman Kodak Company has played a large role in offering photography equipment to customers all over the world. American corporations that have played such a pivotal role in shaping the markets of other nations and enjoy an iconic status due their success include such companies as Ford and Coca Cola. Kodak has been able to achieve such status with the introduction of a number of innovative products and materials that have made an impact on the efforts of countless photographers.

The best equipment is essential for anyone who wishes to capture the moment or create Read the rest of this entry »

It’s often said “hindsight is 20/20″, and in the case of Eastman Kodak, that phrase is often used to sum up the epic failure of the world’s most recognized brand of film products. From its humble beginnings in 1889, Kodak built its empire on quality film products and through the innovation of cheap disposable cameras that made it a house hold name. With over a 90 percent market share of the product, and almost no competition, things were going Read the rest of this entry »

October

16

Hidden Attic Treasures: Is That Brownie Really Worth Something?

We’ve all seen the news and television shows that tell us about a person who found a priceless treasure at a thrift store, yard sale, or even in their own attics. Most of these people had no idea of what the item they found was worth until they did some investigating and were very pleasantly surprised.

If you have found an old Brownie camera in your attic or anywhere else, how would you determine what it is worth? You could call in an expert if you know one, or do some simple online research to determine the value of Read the rest of this entry »

October

15

The Eastman Kodak Company: An Icon In The Process Of Extinction

For well over 50 years the Eastman Kodak Company was the unchallenged leader in the world of cameras and photographic film. Although on the cutting edge of its industry for decades, the company failed to keep up with shifting consumer attitudes and the desire of the American public for new technology. Complacency at the corporate level in both research and marketing led to a decrease in sales and a shift in consumer loyalty, when aggressive Japanese competitor Fuji entered the market. An attempt in the 1990’s to rectify the unfortunate decision to not pursue the digital market in 1975 when Kodak produced the very first digital camera, was slow to develop as Kodak executives felt the world would always require traditional film. Despite being behind the competition initially, Directv New Jersey, by 2005 Kodak was the top ranked manufacturer for the sale of digital cameras in the U.S. New strategies within the organization and attempts to diversity led to mixed results in sales and production. Unfortunately, changes in how the company operates and its core strategy caused Kodak to file for bankruptcy early in 2012. What was once the biggest name in traditional film and cameras for consumers has fallen behind the competition making for an uncertain future. If you like what you see, keep going: Bankrupt Kodak cuts retirement benefits