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    Rollei Portraiture Hints

    1. Hints that work for some folks are useless for others !

    2. A Rollei is super quiet and truly instantaneous. It is at it's best with emotional intimacy.

    3. The square format encourages you to place your subject within a greater context.

    4. Today's films are so incredibly good that there is no limit to what you can achieve.

    Have fun.

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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    I guess I just need to get my ass out of the computer and off into the field
    That goes for all of us.
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

    "We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin

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    When I develop these photographs to give them to people, when an 8x10 is ordered is is more standard to print the full frame on the 8x10 leaving a boarder around it, crop in the darkroom to fit the page or cut the square out after?
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Kee-ripes, man!

    IMNSHO, you really need to quit sweating the small stuff, and attack the core of the matter: Learn how to work with light. Learn how to work with people. Learn how to work with your camera/s. Learn how to express yourself with visual language.

    It does you no good whatsoever to treat the minute details such as print sizes with as much respect and attention as you are treating them until you can work with light well, work with people well, work with your camera/s well, and gain a good head of steam toward crossing (demolishing?) the line between technique and concept. Being able to do those things is the only thing that will define you as a photographer (and sell your photos).

    The things that matter - that really matter most for you - are far more basic that you are making it seem.

    So, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and forget anyone else and what they think. That is the key. Have some cajones!!! Barrel through it! Go at it! Screw up! JUST DO IT. The only way you will do OK in your endeavor is to just start practicing and doing what you can with what you have, and letting go of your insecurities about what other people think. FUCK 'EM. Just shoot, and judge, and you will learn most of what you need to learn as far as the technical things go. You will either find your own answers, or you will suck. It's as simple as that. Photography is best learned via experimentation and trial and error...and you have to be OK with sucking to get there.
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    Hey, take it easy, he is asking questions, nothing wrong with that.
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    I've shot portraits with a Rolleiflex with a 75 f3.5 lens with great success both indoors and outside.



    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    When I develop these photographs to give them to people, when an 8x10 is ordered is is more standard to print the full frame on the 8x10 leaving a boarder around it, crop in the darkroom to fit the page or cut the square out after?
    When in doubt refer to your post #30
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

    "We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin

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    2F/2F...That post put a smile on my face .....I actually did get some of the family out into the yard this afternoon to experiment and I had a great time. It's a work in progress.
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Come to think of it many of the Worlds most famous photographers became legends photographing people with Rolleiflexes.
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    http://www.pyke-eye.com/main

    Anyone who subscribes to the New Yorker gets to see occasional new portrait work by Steve Pyke on his old Rollei GX

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