Posted in UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on June 27, 2012

I hardly ever spend tons of money on cameras. Most of the time my cameras come from thrift stores, second hand stores, and yard sales. These are all really good places to find nice working cameras for usually $10 or less. For these three cameras (Smena 8M, Fed 5B, and Lubitel 166B) I made an exception and went over my $10 limit, but I think it will be well worth it. The Smena 8M is made out of plastic and takes 35mm film, but the coating on the lens is supposed to give the film some really interesting color shifts, so I have read. The Fed 5B is a 35mm rangefinder camera that is really heavy duty and has an Industar lens which is supposed to be close in comparison to a Leica camera, but with a much better price tag! The Lubitel 166B is a medium format camera, 120 film, twin lens reflex camera. I am really excited to shoot with these three cameras!!! Anyone else out there shooting with Russian cameras?



Posted in RESOURCES, UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on May 21, 2012

I have been scouring the web to find some really great business advise about photography and I came across one site that I thought was really worth sharing. Photoshelter is a place online where photographers can build really well designed websites for their business, but in addition to this, they also offer free guides for photographers to help grow their business. There is everything from learning about social media, selling photography, how to fund a project, marketing for photographers, tips on staying inspired, and the list continues. I have downloaded all of them now and they are really helpful and really well designed (which makes this graphic designer really happy!)

So why am I sharing this with you on a photography blog that is supposed to be about using different cameras and experimenting with film? I feel that this information is really valuable if you want to take your photography to the next level, which may be the case for some of you. If you want to take a leap from just having a photoblog to creating a portfolio website that you hope will get you a small photography show somewhere. Learning a small amount of marketing can only help you accomplish these things!

I have also signed up for a five week Photo Business Bootcamp. Here is there description of what the course is all about:

“This five week course will improve the way you generate new work and manage your career, whether you’re just getting started or ready to take your business to the next level.

Your weekly email will include up to 10 of our all time favorite interviews, video seminars, and useful articles featuring successful photographers and industry experts who know what works and what doesn’t.” 

If you are interested in learning more about this side of photography then maybe consider signing up for the free course or downloading a few of the free pdfs. Either way you are getting education for free!



Posted in UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on April 5, 2012

I wanted to make a short post about a few items that were recently donated to Camera Crypt just to give a special thanks to both of the people who donated! You can also find a list of donations and links to donors websites on the dedicated THANKS page on the right of the screen. The list is permanent and will always be available for perusing. If you have anything that you would like to donate, head to the DONATE page for more details! Thanks again for all your support!

The first donation was from Keryn Means of Walkingon Travels who donated all the film you see above!! There was some 35mm Kodak Portra 400VC, 35mm Kodak 400Tmax, 400T-Max 120, and Portra 400VC 120. I have never shot with any of these films before, so I am really excited to see what photos come from them!

The second donation come from Nameisis Film Paradise who donated two sets of close-up filters (a 49mm set and a 55mm set), a Massa 55mm neutral density filter (ND8), and a 49mm polarizing filter!

I want to thank both of my donors for their generosity and sharing the joy of photography with me!! I will keep you all posted on when this gear and film is used, so stay tuned!


Posted in UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on February 21, 2012

I have not posted anything in a few days because I have been busy taking photos of the cameras that I will be using for this blog! I have finally finished, at least for the moment, and I divided them into sections and added buttons on the bottom right of the sidebar that are always visible. I wanted to give you a chance to see what will be in store for the future! Now as I am adding new posts to the blog you can see exactly what camera I used and what it looks like! Here are the sections:

Eventually, I would like to add a very small history for each of the cameras as well as their technical specifications. I started doing this in the toy camera section if you want to take a peak. As I use more cameras, and post about them, I will link each camera picture to the corresponding posts about that specific camera.

Please let me know if you have any feedback. I would love to here what you are thinking about the blog so far!