Monthly Archives: September 2020

follow da money

Toronto. When I was a kid, magazines were rife with ads offering ways to get rich. These ads made it seem so easy. The ad at left, was aimed at wishful future photographers. The ad even promised a free “professional … Continue reading

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another dimension

Toronto. Paintings and regular photos are done in two dimensions. Careful use of shadows (lighting for photos) give a more modelled view of the subject. Most humans have two eyes 2 to 3 inches apart giving two images of any … Continue reading

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the dark slide of the room

Toronto. Plate holders and later film holders became common in the later 1800s and early 1900s to protect sensitized emulsions from unexpected exposure to light. These clever gadgets, which came with a dark slide that could be removed for exposure … Continue reading

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anything you can do …

Toronto. Camera collecting has no firm rules. Some folk collect quantity, some quality, and some both. The late Jim Matthew managed to collect some 3,000 plus cameras ranging from the inexpensive to the exotic. A marine engineer, Greater Manchester born … Continue reading

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if it moves, shoot it …

Toronto. An old military saying was, “If it moves salute it; if not, paint it”. My colour blind uncle was a painter on a military base after the end of WW2. He told me the paint tins were marked to … Continue reading

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the importance of being a photographer

Toronto. The internet, streaming services, and television have a voracious appetite for videos. A century or so ago it was magazines and newspapers with the heavy appetites for still images and drawings. Any time before 1839, your ancestor had to … Continue reading

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PHSC News for September 2020

Toronto. Well, it’s September already and the infamous COVID-19 pandemic is still with us! Meantime, our editor extraordinaire, Sonja Pushchak, and her team have composed the first issue of PHSC News (20-03 – September 2020) after our non- break. Page … Continue reading

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flash … bang …

Toronto. In the 19th and early 20th century indoor and night photography required flash for a decent exposure. Unfortunately, the magnesium powder that created a bright light when ignited was unstable and unless great care was taken, it would suddenly … Continue reading

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Our very first OUTDOOR Auction is October 4th

Toronto. If the current COVID-19 rules or better apply next month, the PHSC plans to hold its first OUTDOOR auction. This will be an ESTATE auction held at the Trident Hall. Details are shown here in the poster below created … Continue reading

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stick a pin in it

Toronto. Just over three years ago I did a post on the simple pinhole camera. This wonderful solution to a camera for all even had a day devoted to photographs taken by pinhole cameras (a day in April). My friend … Continue reading

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