Photo Department computer alert

IT to begin formatting all computers in Photo…



If you have any content stored on our MICA Photo Computers (especially “desktop” files), you need to come in so you can remove it from the computers before Tech Services wipes the computers clean. To be clear…if you leave these files on the computers and they are unprotected, you will lose all your content.

We are planning to have the IT team in here next week (any time after August 8th) to begin reformatting all the machines in M080, the large DPL, and the small DPL. Remove your content quickly or face the probability that you will lose what you have stored on these computers. Thank you for your cooperation!


Retired 4×5 Cadet cameras available for purchase…

MICA Photo is pleased to announce that we are retiring several 4×5 Cambo “Cadet” model  monorail cameras with soft cases, and we are making them available for purchase to students who are interested. These cameras will need a lens & lensboard to be fully functional – neither are included in the sale. There are a very limited amount of cameras available. These cameras are sold on an “as-is” basis, and are strictly first come, first sold. The cameras are all priced at $100, and must be paid in cash. One camera per buyer.


MICA Photo will be taking ALL money from the sale of these cameras, and placing the proceeds in the “Friends of Photography” scholarship fund. Your purchase of a camera will insure that future students who are encountering financial issues will get the assistance they need. This ongoing fund will help to provide assistance to students who might need help, make funds available for students who will be attending the Anderson Ranch through a grant, and to provide an emergency fund that will be there to access when needed. Contact Jefferson Steele at: to arrange purchase.

Incredible pinhole camera images

Pinhole Camera Made from 32,000 Drinking Straws…!


Using 32,000 black drinking straws, collaborators Michael (Mick) Farrell and Cliff Haynes created the Straw Camera, a homemade camera they began experimenting with in 2007. Despite the connection one might draw to a pinhole camera, the Straw Camera actually functions quite differently, producing a multipoint perspective from an array rather than a single point perspective.

The direct analogue process records the light collected from each straw onto a piece of paper secured to the back of the camera. The camera gives a direct 1:1 view of the subject that is placed before it, however it translates the image to one that mirrors that of pointillist painting, breaking the subject into thousands of little dots.

“In a world beset by selfies with their immediate gratification, and HD television in all its glory feeding our visual appetite, a Straw Camera image of an individual, with its engineering projection and disappearance of the subject into the near fog of visual capture, gives the viewer a glimpse of just how transitory perception is,” said Cliff about the camera.

To read more about the project, check out the photography duo’s website for the Straw Camera, or their book which was published earlier this month. (via PetaPixel)

by Kate Sierzputowski on February 22, 2017 for

Kodak announces the return of Ektachrome

Ektachrome is making a comeback…


Kodak is responding to the popular resurgence of shooting on film by announcing that it will begin selling it’s iconic Ecktachrome line of films this coming Fall.

“Steven Overman, Kodak’s chief marketing officer and president of the Consumer and Film Division said it was a ‘privilege’ to bring back Ektachrome film.” –The Daily Mail

Ektachrome has a specific appearance featuring very fine grain, good contrast, with very true color rendition.

Along that line, we strongly urge all MICA Photo students to sign a petition (posted by Jacob Morel) asking that Kodak also consider bringing back the Ektachrome Infrared transparency film as well. This infrared film makes incredibly surreal images…transforming normal landscapes into glowing “nuclear” seas of reds & pinks. This film has incredible potential for experimentation, no matter what your subject matter is. It’s free to sign the petition, and it only takes a few seconds. Let your voice be heard, and let’s be the force that revives this gem…


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Check out the Fuji 6×17

Jacob Morel relates his experience photographing with our Fuji 6×17 Panoramic Camera…

MICA Photo is starting on ongoing blog feature where we ask a student who is working with a camera “new to them” what their experience has been. We will periodically feature a student’s reactions to making images with unique cameras, and showing their results. This first post features Jacob Morel (GD major with a Photo Concentration). Enjoy his experience, and come check out this camera from the Photo Crib.


“There are quite a lot of strange and unique cameras out there I’ve had the pleasure to shoot, but one of my new loves is the Fuji G617. First off, allow me to say that this camera is a beast. The G617 is a medium format panoramic camera that records a 6×17 image,  you know what that means…only four shots per roll of 120 film. With only four images per roll of 120 film, this hungry camera will really eat through film if you’re not watching it. In addition to 120, you can also select the option to use 220 film if you’re lucky enough to get ahold of some.

The G617 has a fixed 105mm, f/8 scale focus lens with an extremely short focus throw allowing the photographer to focus as close to only three meters away. This camera was designed for wide sweeping shots; usually specific to landscape. The camera is fitted with a sort of roll-cage to prevent damage (to the lens), and to give the photographer a grip to hold it, which in turn, just adds more bulk. Sure, you can use it as a hand held camera, but this thing is like holding a cinderblock. When shooting with the G617, it is extremely easy to un-level the camera; thus tilting your image rendering it very lopsided. To correct this issue, the G617 has a built in level that is visible from the viewfinder, as well as two cold shoes atop the body where you can (and I recommend) install your own bubble level.

The viewfinder on the G617 is unfortunately inaccurate and really functions more as an estimation for composing your image and is in fact much wider than the image the camera actually records. While the viewfinder is very wide, the image itself is slightly wider than advertised; more a 6×18.5 than a 6×17, so it’s good to know there’s a little wiggle room incase you’re unsure of a shot.

As far as loading the camera, it is as simple as any other 120 rangefinder, very basic and not complicated at all. The G617 is a much more inexpensive alternative when compared to most other medium format and smaller format panoramic cameras like the Hasselblad X-Pan or the Linhof 6×17.

This G617 in particular is equipped with a radial neutral density filter of +2 stops so as to compensate from lens vignetting which during the day, certainly comes in hand. An interesting feature about the G617 is that the advancing lever on the camera only advances the film and does not cock the shutter, making this an ideal piece of equipment for double exposures.

If you are planning to shoot landscapes and wanting to get in every little detail in that long sweeping shot, or perhaps you are looking for that ultra-wide cinescope ratio to make your still photography look very cinematic, I recommend this camera to you, dear photographer.”

Here are some images from Jacob’s experience with the Fuji 6×17 camera:





©Jacob Morel

New lenses now available for checkout!

New glass for new photographs…


MICA Photo is pleased to announce several new lens purchases that we now have available for you to check out from the Photo Crib. Above you will see that we now have from Nikon three new prime lenses: a 20mm f/2.8, a 35mm f/1.8, and an 85mm f/1.4. These new lenses are especially good for photographing in low-light situations, and/or for obtaining a shallow depth of field.

We also have several new lenses for our Sony cameras as well. Pictured above, you will see the wide 16-35mm zoom lens, the wide 28mm f/2.0, and the “standard” 50mm f/1.8. We have two of the 50mm lenses which will also work great for shooting video.


And last, but not least, we have a new Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens for the new Canon 6D camera we just purchased. This lens is great in low-light too, and is a fantastic lens for video as well.  So come by the Photo Crib and see all the new things we have for you to borrow. New equipment can help you to see in a whole new way, and it’s also a great opportunity to try out equipment that you may want to have for your own in the future.