tillman crane, photo technique

Traditional Black & White Film Overview

written by: Tillman Crane

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain With ease of use, sophisticated computer control for focus and exposure and the speed that an image can be electronically available, why would anyone choose to make photographs with film? An outstanding black and white silver print from one of the masters of photography looks different from almost any digital print. A big reason for this is because the materials are different. To photograph with film involves a different discipline, skill set and way of working. Film requires you to slow down and pay more attention to light because Read more »


Seeing Softly

written by: Tillman Crane

I have long admired some of the photographs made during the Pictorialist movement, in particular images made by Frederick Evans, Edward Steichen, F. Holland Day, Clarence White and Alvin Langdon Coburn. I bought my first soft focus lens in 2002 and since then have been learning to utilize its unique look in my images. A soft focus lens can create a mood, a feeling or an atmosphere that is quite different from standard lenses. Not every image should be made with a soft focus lens but they are a fun and challenging tool to use, and can add a new Read more »