Our Philosophy

On Digital Manipulation
The images you see here are as they appeared on film but all have been digitally manipulated in some way. All images have been scanned and then resized. Many have been cropped.  Images are then treated to some of the same processes that would be used in a traditional magazine darkroom. Some are digitally dodged and burned. The saturation may be tweaked, as well as minor adjustments in the contrast.

We limit all digital manipulation to standard darkroom techniques in an effort to present honest photos that you could produce yourself in either a digital or traditional wet darkroom. We do not combine multiple images or in any way create a reality that didn't exist in front of the lens.

On Equipment
While we would be the first to say "great photographers make great photos not great cameras", we do recognize that great gear goes a long way toward making it easier to consistently make great images. As such we note the details that went into the creation of an image such as camera, lens, exposure (when recorded), filters, and film. If an image has been manipulated (such as sepia toning) we note what software was used to do it.

Every photographer has preferences in equipment. We try to present fair appraisals of equipment whether it be praise or criticism.

On Software
We use numerous packages. Whichever best fits the job at hand.  We've yet to find the universal photo software.

Why not Provide High Res Images for Printing?
Our contributors are working photographers who make their living by getting paid for their work. If we provided high res images that everyone could print on their photo printers it would potentially cut into their business. That said, a polite email to the authors may get you that high res file or an offer of a print for a small fee. We think that this is fair and that photographers should get paid for their work.

What's the Best Brand of Camera?
We are often asked what we think is the best camera. That's like asking who is the most beautiful woman in the world. It's in the eye of the beholder, and there is no shortage of opinions.

What's the Most Important Part of Photography?
Turn off your computer and get out there and do it!  The images are only the final result.  The real reward is the experience.  The photos help you relive and remember those stories and the experiences and in some cases give you the opportunity to share them with others.  Pack your camera and film and head out for the territories.  Rich experiences, and even a little risk are what make life worth living.  Besides they'll give you great bar tales!

Internet Privacy and Our Simple Privacy Policy
Privacy has become a hot issue on the Internet. We take your privacy seriously. We do not sell email addresses to SPAM databases (as do some online publications). Some of our advertisers do send out targeted offers that are addressed only to our customers in the form of coupons, special offers or sales. You can choose whether or not you want to receive these offers by clicking a button when you subscribe. If you click 'No' then we will not release your name or email address to anyone. You can also choose if you want to receive mailers from our advertisers. Only include your mailing address if you want to receive flyers and coupons by mail.  For a detailed privacy statement click here.

If you disagree with us we want to hear your feedback.