I’m always on the lookout for people to contribute content to 35mmc. I could ramble on until the end of my days on this blog, but all it really amounts to is just one meandering perspective. I want this blog to be representative of the diversity of individuals, opinion and approaches within photography, and the best way for that to happen is for readers with differing opinions to be able to contribute them here in the form of guest posts and reviews.
If you have a film camera that you have a particular fancy for and feel like you can string 800+ words together on the subject, then I’d like to hear from you! It’s also been known for me to let digital camera reviews through the net, providing they come from the perspective of the sort of person who appreciates shooting film. Accessory reviews are also welcome, especially when it comes to equipment like scanners, films, darkroom kit – anything that plays an active part in the image-making process.
If you’ve read any reviews here on 35mmc, you will see that I like to keep things relatively informal. Readers of this blog like to hear about how and why you get on with (or indeed don’t get on with) what you are reviewing. They like to read how a camera works in practice, not just what it says it does in the back of the manual.
And above all, they like to read about how and why the features appeal to you and the way you shoot or produce an image. In short, don’t get too hung up on specifications and facts, the experience and results are much more important!
I’d also actively encourage anyone to take advantage of this to link back to their own blog as much as possible, especially if it contains lots of relevant photos etc. Not to mention linking to twitter accounts, facebook pages, Flickr galleries and the like…
If you would like some inspiration you can find other guest reviews here
This blog isn’t just made up of reviews.
Everything from technical guides, photo-philosophy, repairs, cleaning and modifications, it’s all been posted about here on 35mmc. Just have a click through the menu at the top, it’s all there! If you have something interesting and unique to add, then get in touch…
Just bear in mind, whatever the content, 800+ words and lots of photos are key.
A photography project
Another way to contribute is to write something about a project. Some of the most popular posts shared on this website come from photographers who’ve shared thoughts on a project or theme of shooting they are working on. The most popular talk about film and camera choices as well as method and subject.
5 frame with a…
The idea is 5 photos, loosely around a theme, all taken with one camera/lens combination. I’d like those photos to be paired with around words – this might be about the choice of camera, or something about the lens, or even about the subject. Don’t forget though, if you ha e more to say or more images you like to share, don’t feel restrained by this, feel free to write as much as you have to say!
Are you a Compact Camera Photographer?
Even if you don’t have a specific topic you would like to talk about, there’s still a way that you can get involved. If you’re just passionate about shooting compact or rangefinder cameras and would like to share some thoughts on why, you can base a post around some or all of the following questions:
- A bit of background? As much or as little as you are comfortable sharing… Name, Where you are from, what you do, What else in life do you enjoy? that sort of thing?
- How long have you been taking photos?
- What sort of photography do you enjoy or partake in the most (street, landscape, etc)?
- Which is/are your favourite 35mmc compact/rangefinder cameras?
- How big a part of your photography life are 35mm compact cameras/rangefinders?
- What about the experience of shooting with these cameras appeals to you?
- How do you feel they have effected your style? become part of it? or are the reason for it…?
- What is it specifically about these cameras that appeal to you so much?
- What was the path to this shooting habit? How did you discover it appealed to you?
- Show us your favourite/best images taken with a compact or rangefinder camera?
Other peoples answers can be found here
Not everyone chooses to answer them directly – in this post Luis just talked us through his enjoyment of these sorts of cameras without using the questions at all. This fine too, they are just a guide to get you started.
Linking back to you
Whatever you write, I also want you to add links to your posts – links to bodies of your work, your website, blog, Tumblr, twitter, FB, Flickr etc. Links to anything you like as long as its relevant! The internet was designed to connect information together, I want this site to contribute to that as much as possible. It’s good for this website, it’s good for the websites you link to and it’s good for the reader of this site. So don’t forget!
If you fancy submitting a post, then get in touch preferably with a text-only draft of the post. At the point, assuming all is well, I’ll send you a link to register on the site, you can add the content, and we can work together through the process of getting it ready to publish.
Publishing lead times
Please just bear in mind any content submitted won’t be published instantly. I have a backlog of content that I post at a rate 6 posts a week, this adds up to a rolling lead time of about 4-8 weeks. All content is published in the order of it being finished and ready to be put live. There are some occasions when content pushes up the queue, but this is usually only when something is date specific, or is relevant to another piece of content.
If you’re a marketer scouring the internet looking for somewhere to submit some drivel about some clients product. Move along please, you aren’t welcome here!
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