Shutter Loves Aperture Forever

I love taking photographs and I’m addicted to photo apps on the iphone. I have way too many of them but as I’m no great writer having my phone with me wherever I go makes it easy to create a visual diary. Photographic records of day-to-day life, moods, noticings and events and they seem just a little more interesting with a few special effects.

But there’s still room in my life for a bit of a film fix now and then. I’ve built up a collection of vintage film cameras and one or two more modern versions and all the time I’m still at college I have the benefit of a darkroom which saves a fortune on developing costs.

I’ve just been given a couple of cameras and some lovely old photography books by a friend (Thanks Carol) which included ‘The All-In-One Camera Book’ by W.D Emanuel I’m not sure how many editions there have been altogether but I have the 61st edition which from what I can tell was published in 1968. As well as a lot of advice and information that is still relevant even in the digital age it has some wonderful illustrations of camera’s, shutters, tripods and film and a bit of app treatment makes a much nicer way to share than just a scan.

Shutter Loves Aperture

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A Little Revisit.

Elements Of Style

When it doesn’t flow. When the words are tangled and don’t make sense. When I can’t tell my “that” from my “which”, when my apostrophes have taken on a life of their own and words have run amok I turn to this ‘quiet little book’.

Rule Seventeen. Omit needless words!

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell all.

William Strunk JR. The Elements Of Style