TWiP #169 – Lomography! Doing More with Less

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On this episode of TWiP, a special one-on-one episode with Frederick Van Johnson and Steve Simon, Lomography: Doing More with Less, Making the most of one light source, and the current object of Frederick’s desire… the Nikon D7000.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson and Steve Simon


Nikon D7000 and D3100
Frederick and Steve discuss the latest Digital SLR announcements from Nikon and how new HD video features impact their workflow. The discussion explores how the size of a camera, choosing between prime and zoom lenses, and the amount of gear carried on location can be utilized in a constrained environment.

After stumbling upon a Lomography store in New York City, Steve rediscovers the joy of experimentation with plastic film cameras and its unique visual aesthetic.

Shooting with One Light…
Controlling a single light source has the ability to create a dramatic shift in the composition of an image. Inspired by stroboscopic photography from Joe McNally, Frederick and Steve examine various ways a single strobe can be used with light modifiers, off-axis lighting, and engaging more deeply with your subject.

Joe McNally on Kelby Training
Zack Arias OneLight Workshop


QUESTION #1: From peterk: Wondered if anyone can help me here? Am looking to buy my first DSLR (will be a used one), I have several lenses from my SLR 35mm film days, two I am particularly fond of NIKKOR-S Auto 1:1.2 f=55mm /NIKKOR 1:2.8 135mm. The question is would either of these lenses fit a Nikon DSLR, because of the lack of funds would probably be looking at the earlier Nikon DSLR cameras, any help would be much appreciated, thanks pete…

Steve: Most all Nikon F-mount lenses will work on modern Digital SLR cameras, although some features may not function completely.

(note: a complete list of lens compatibility is available from Nikon USA’s support site, listed under Technical Notes -> Compatible Lenses in the Reference Manual for each camera body)

QUESTION #2: From arives: In one of the recent podcasts, the subject of using video publicly like on the Internet or for law enforcement, without the permission of subjects shown in the video, could result in jail time for the videographer or the publisher. The suggestion was that the Rodney King event might not have reached the public eye if that law was in effect back in those days. I wonder what obligation we as photographers have to get this information out to the public? Owner/users of I-Phones (Sorry), web cams, public video cameras , all run the risk of disobeying this law, and the public and particularly photographers don’t really know the consequences. TWIP mentioned it once, is that enough? Just a question.

Steve: So many scenarios can be potentially dangerous or harmful. In photojournalism, events that happen in a public venue generally afford more leeway. When questioning the ethics or legality of an image it’s a good idea to talk to someone before posting it.



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