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 TIPS & TRICKS by Nicole Gelinas on February 15, 2012

One of the many things I love doing is shopping at second-hand stores and yard sales. You can find some amazing things for a very low cost. One of the things I am always on the lookout for is camera gear. When a camera catches my eye my heart starts pounding and I get crazy excited over what I just found!

But what do you look for when you spot a vintage/used camera that you want to take photos with?

Here are some of the things I consider before purchasing a used camera:


  • Hold, open, and inspect the camera to see if it functions properly.
  • Open the back of the camera and look through the lens as you press the shutter button. Did you see the shutter open and close? Did it seem to stick or have issues?
  • Check all of the aperture settings by repeating the steps above.
  • Does the camera’s rewind and advance knobs work properly?
  • Do all the parts seem to be there? I always check for spools in vintage medium format cameras! Check the surrounding area where you found the camera. People often move things and takes things out and leave it sitting. There could also be accessories for you camera nearby!
  • Does the camera seem to be “light tight” when it is closed?
  • Is the film size of the camera available and/or affordable for your budget?
  • Does the camera run on batteries? If so, are they standard size or will you need to purchase specialized ones, or can it be converted?


  • Take an overall assecment of the camera.
  • Is there battery corrosion?
  • Are there visible scratches or clouding on the lens? If so, this will affect your photographs.
  • As a general rule, at least for me, if a camera looks like it is in pretty rough shape with large scratches and dents, then chances are this camera was not well taken care of by its previous owner and it is more of a risky purchase. Use your best judgement.


  • How clean/dirty is the camera?
  • If it is dirty, sticky, and icky do you have the cleaner to take care of the problem without causing damage? ie lens cleaner, goo remover ect.
  • Is it a piece worth taking the time to clean?
  • Does the camera look easy enough for you to take apart and put back together again?


  • Is the price resonable for what you will be getting?
  • Is the price still reasonable if you have to put in some extra efforts with cleaning, or maybe going in search of a missing part?
  • Consider costs of film also. As mentioned above, is your film readily available, or will it need to be special ordered?


  • Don’t let your emotions take over and purchase something that may not be usable (unless you are just a collector and could care less if the camera actually takes a good photograph)! Take your time inspecting before you purchase the camera. The last thing you want is to use up a roll of film in a camera that did not work.
  • DO SOME RESEARCH! Learn about how cameras actually work and the realm of possibilities will be endless. The great thing about older film cameras are they function by basic mechanics, not digital technology. This makes the camera easier to clean, change, and alter yourself WITHOUT BATTERIES! Also learning about different film sizes and which are still on the market is helpful.
  • You can usually find manuals for many cameras on the internet, but if you know how cameras work, I doubt you will need one!

Some people may be skeptical about buying used photo equipment from a place that does not specialize in camera gear, but if you take your time and pay attention to the little things, you may find a great deal!