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Stephani April 21st, 2008 1:24 pm

First of all, you are incredibly handsome. Just had to say it.

Secondly, I find band photography to be one of the most difficult things to do, and the venue I usually shoot at doesn’t have enough lights to shoot solely with flash (plus it’s annoying to the performers) so I shoot with shutter settings most of the time.

The problem is that most of the photos come out too dark, which I realize I can fix by having the shutter open longer, but what I’m wondering about is if you know how I can manage to get motion blur in my photos without compromising my subject. For example, if I’m shooting a guitarist who is rocking out to and fro, how can I capture a still of him, and still capture his movement, is the aperture setting enough?

Your photos are so engaging that I thought I’d ask for your assistance :-) Thank you in advance – you can email me through my website if you’d prefer (that is, if you have a MySpace page) or at snhagood AT gmail DOT com :-)


the jerk April 21st, 2008 3:10 pm
Hey Stephani, Flattery will get you everywhere! so far as shooting bands of moving subjects in lowlight situations I find the best things to do are

1. Direct Flash the subject either on camera or slightly off camera while dragging the shutter (leaving the shutter open longer) the flash will often freeze the subject enough to make it somewhat sharp, while the longer shutter will fill in with ambient light to remove that wow you just full frontal flashed me look.

2. Is to try and move your camera in the same direction and speed as the subject while taking the shot. This way is much more tricky especially with bands mostly do to the unpredictable movements. I tend to try and keep the shutter speed low but not too low (1/15 to 1/2 or so) but experimentation is the key here! Try this out with traffic or some other predictable moving objects setting your camera on TV and pan with traffic while taking photos. I mostly use this second method because I hate flashing peeps when they are on the stage. I try really hard to not draw too much attention when I can.
Thanks again for the awesome comments I hope this helps and if you have more questions let me know. I would love to see your results.

joshua May 1st, 2008 10:02 amso this is prolly a stupid question cause i really don’t know much about cameras but does the Canon EOS Rebel 2000 take good photos with just the 28-80mm Lens?

the jerk May 24th, 2008 2:47 amHey joshua i have to say that the 28-80 is the worst lens that canon ever made! it is surprising just how awful it really is. I have plastic holga lens that are about 100 times more useful

Rebecca September 22nd, 2008 8:34 pmWow, your work is amazing!
I’m a photographer myself and I’m curious…What type of camera, if you don’t mind me asking, did you use for your latest photos? The ones with the rounded edges?I’m in love with the vibrancy and simplicity of them and was wondering if it has to do with the camera, the post-production, etc.Thanks in advance, and keep up the amazing work!
the jerk September 23rd, 2008 12:49 amHey Rebecca
The rounded corners are actually just a border that I have been adding in an attempt to brand my photos a little bit better, so when people are re-posting my photos all over the internet there is at least a way that one can find the origin. The rounded corner was an option for many years when you got your prints done and I kind of liked the retro look. The photos on my site are taken with a variety of cameras with little post work. In fact check this out as an example of untouched, straight off camera work looks like.

Evan November 11th, 2008 1:19 pmhello, I am about to make a big jump to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and was wondering what you thought of it. What other gear do you have?

the jerk November 12th, 2008 10:08 am Hey EvanThe 1.4 is a great lens for the money i actually have two of them that I bought a long time ago. but to be honest I wish that I had put that money to the Canon EF 50 f/1.2L sooner. This is what I often refer to as the God lens it is over twice the money of the 1.4 but it is worth every penny. I have a crazy long list of gear that I have been meaning to get into it in a blog post, so stay tuned, perhaps next week

Wesley January 21th, 2009 6:00 pmhello there!so i read what you said about polaroid and i agree, the instant film is too good to let go of. i have a polaroid 600 series that i havent used lately. i just recently found about the coming “instant film extinction”, and i have been looking for alternatives to film.
i have been hearing alot about the fujifilm fp-100c, but i was just wondering what film is compatible with my polaroid 600.thank you very much,

the jerk Jan 21th, 2009 6:08 pm Hey WesNo sadly the fuji FP100c and the like are all pack film. meaning they only work in camera’s that take peal apart polaroid film. Examples are Polaroid Land Camera’s or polaroid backs for medium format cameras. Type 600 is a different type of film so your only option left to buy film is polapremium or ebay :(

Leah Feb.25th, 2009 12:00 pm
Hello. I am desperately hoping that you can help me. I recently purchased a mamiya rb67 with a polaroid 600 back. I am not sure how to attach the back. It doesn’t seem to attach the same way my other film backs do. Do you know how to do it? Any help you could offer would be fabulous. Thanks! Leah

the jerk Feb 25th, 2009 12:00 pmHey Leah
I would have to say that with out looking at the back that you may need a ‘P adapter” to go between the camera body and the Polaroid back. That is just a guess if you send me some photos or something I could be able tell you more. Some Polaroid backs come with the “P adapter” built in and others require it. Did you get a 120 roll film back as well? If so that would have the adapter in question on it. So you could take it off and try to see if it attaches to the Polaroid back. It should look like this RB67 P adapter
If this doesn’t help ya send me some photos and I can see what I can see. Let me know how it goes

Simon June.11th, 2009
So my question : with what camera do you use your fuji FP-100c film? I bought some and wanted to insert it in my holga instant back but it doesn’t fit..thanks

the jerk June.11th, 2009
Hey Simon That is interesting I have used the Fp100c with the Holgaroid before, so it should fit. I am curious as to what holga back you have but as long as it is designed to take the type 80 films you should be golden. also make sure that you don’t have the 4×5 version of the FP100c (it will say FP100c45 on it) A quick description of how it doesn’t fit and possibly a photo might help as well.

Rod Nov.23th, 2009
Hey ya Jerk,
wanted to say “nice work/site” Gives me some nice eye candy while at work. I am an old film guy that hasn’t made the jump to a pro digi yet. Mostly ’cause everytime I decide a new fancier one comes out. So, what canon DSLR is the best one to invest my hard earned loot into that will serve me for years to come and won’t be the 8 track tape of the photo world.Thanks!
What’s yer fav. cheeze anyhoo?

the jerkNov.23rd, 2009

Gotta say I am the worst person to ask about camera bodies:) Because I am going to tell you that i have had the best luck with a 1d Mark II and the 1Ds Mark II. I haven’t had the opportunity to use the Mark III or IV’s yet but ya I have had a mark II for about 4years and it is a good work horse. I am not your average user though so unless you are running 10,000+ exposures a month, don’t listen to me at all:)

Calin January 24th, 2010 9:22 Am
Hey! Your photos are great. Really great.Where do you buy your polaroid film?

the jerk January 25, 2010 12:07 PmHey Calin
Thanks so much for the comments :)
Umm.. in short where ever i can get it for under 2 bux an exposure :) I can get some stuff at local photography stores some times from Ebay, Polapremum,, I have a huge stockpile as well of regular pack film for when i can buy it cheap i buy a lot :) My fridge is more then half full of film :)
If you are local in the Vancouver BC area I can suggest places to look other wise find places that sell Holgas and Diana+ cameras. Chances are that they also sell film.Hope that helps
the jerk.

Jon Kobec May.29.2011
Hey :)
I notice you take a lot of casual photos with the RB67. how do you carry that thing around all day? Don’t you find it heavy?
I have a Hasselblad that I love, but sometimes itbjust stays home due to the sheer size and weight. Il oftentimes grab my Yashic T4 point and shoot film camera

the jerk May.29.2011

Ahh they are not so hearvy really :) I also tend to carry a lot of stuff with me on a day to day so I suppose i am used to it. I say take the camera with you regardless of the weight. You will end up using it more and then loving it more :)

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    Hey ya Jerk,
    wanted to say “nice work/site” Gives me some nice eye candy while at work. I am an old film guy that hasn’t made the jump to a pro digi yet. Mostly ’cause everytime I decide a new fancier one comes out. So, what canon DSLR is the best one to invest my hard earned loot into that will serve me for years to come and won’t be the 8 track tape of the photo world.

    What’s yer fav. cheeze anyhoo?

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    Hello :) I found your website when I was googling polaroid on Google, great site I have to say, I learned a lot after hours of reading. I’m new to polaroid, and am fascinated after reading posts upon posts on your site. I’m wondering if you can give me some suggestions as to where I can find polaroid camera itself in Vancouver, not the 300 Instant Camera like Fuji Instax, but the ones where I can use the IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT films. (they’re beautiful!) And which instant films/camera would you suggest? Thanks for your help!

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    @Adela Hey thanks s much for your comment. As for your question I think that I would have to say flea markets/antique malls/rummage sales/value village/Salvation Army/etc… are the best place to find used type 600’s or sx70’s You might want to check out beau photo for they may be bringing in some old polaroid camera or have other suggestions. A good type 600 camera is any of the clamshell types or the best to get is the one that allow you to shoot with out flash (they will have two buttons built into the shutter button one red and one black) They are the most abundant at rummage sales etc… Hope that helps!

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    Your pictures are very good. Have you thought about taking pictures of ghost towns and old vacant buildings? I know alberta and saskatchewan has a lot of ghost towns. cheers!

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    @Adela Hey I was in a store yesterday called Re-find. It is on 3rd and Main street. I am not sure now if it was re-find that had them but it was north one of the three second hand stores there had a bunch of type 600 and sx70’s cameras for sale for 30 bux and less (which is not to bad of a price) thought I would let you know :)

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