I have recently started using my new digital camera more often than not to photograph things going on in the world around me. In doing so I found that the camera has made taking “perfect pictures” easy. A symptom of the unfulfilled life…

My first photo experience that meant something to me was using a pinhole camera that I created to take a picture. The exposure took time, thought, calculating, and patience. The development of the picture took even more patience and carefulness. And the finished product, was something I could be proud of.

I have always had an interest in photography, and have come to realize in most situations, you can make any working camera work for you, if you have patience and are willing to put the extra effort in to frame an image.

Now, my Nikon D3200 camera – an amazing photography machine (especially compared to the point and shoot digital cameras I had previously owned and the 35mm SLR handed down to me) – makes photographing anything almost easy. So easy that it has lost some of the art.

Until I made one small change. No flash.dsc_0011

Making the move to no flash, requires more setup and thought to make sure the image you take has the clarity you want, and captures the subject you want, in a way that is presentable. In lower lighting, that means, patience, a steady hand, participation with the subject, and attention to detail. I’ve been preferring the no flash mode because of what light it will find in low light settings. Or better yet, what colors it will find, when lighting is varying and inconsistent.

I do not own, and probably won’t own everything needed to do any tintype photography. But, the idea is appealing. Watch this little video and see if it becomes appealing to you.


Though it is not for everyone. I do suggest turning your camera to No Flash, when its a little darker and you have a willing subject.