Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen

Bjorn Petersen is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his work in the USA and internationally, and has also self-published several books of his photographs.

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Even though it saddens me to admit it, many of today’s photography programs are being taught using digital working methods exclusively. While I wish that every photo student had access to a traditional darkroom, I have to admit that printing digitally is certainly more in line with contemporary production and is a valuable skill that every student should learn. As a photo student, you’ll...
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Sigma’s latest announcement included three distinct lenses and, likely, the most highly anticipated of the three is the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art. This lens was clearly designed to be a showstopper, with its huge f/1.2 maximum aperture and equally huge physical size. But is the lens more than just a one...
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Some of the most cherished memories of my photographic education revolve around spending long hours in the darkroom, making prints into the wee hours of the night. While not as commonplace as it once was, if you’re fortunate enough to have a traditional black-and-white darkroom at your school, be sure to make use of it while you still can. Regardless of whether you’re taking an intro black-and-...
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Whether you’re a new photo major or just taking a photography elective class, if your curriculum incorporates traditional practices, then you’re bound to be shooting film. Lots of film. As a student, there are some things to look out for when looking for films: versatility, availability, repeatability, and value. Here are five films perfect for the budding student photographer: Kodak Tri-X 400 It...
Back to School: What You Want vs What You Need
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As a student, much of your life is about making choices and sacrifices. “Should I skip this class and sleep in?” or “Should I go to class even though I’m too tired to pay attention?” There are a lot of hard decisions to make as a student, especially if you’re a burgeoning photographer looking to attain professional status. But, as a student, means are often limited and you need to be more...
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There is no doubt that digital photography is here to stay, and film has certainly seen better days, in terms of availability and affordability. However, what if you’re a digital photographer who simply wants to shoot a roll of film every once in a while for fun? Film photography has a distinct look that, even with the latest and greatest 50MP cameras, cannot be duplicated by digital imaging. It’...
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So you’ve been accepted to art school, or you’re complementing your general studies with some photography classes, or maybe you’re just taking a continuing education class to learn more about film photography—regardless of the reason, you’re taking a class on film photography and need to prepare with some basic equipment and maybe a few other items to help your studies. While film photography...
Hands-On Review: Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens
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The Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary, long awaited and highly anticipated, is a newly developed native lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Among the initial trio of lenses recently announced, this is perhaps the sleeper hit of the group and, while it has fewer eye-catching specs, such as an...
Scanning Film: A Buying Guide
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In the age where darkrooms are scarce yet film photography is seeing a resurgence in popularity, a scanner can be your best option for converting film originals to usable digital files for printing, sharing, and archiving. Whether you are an active film photographer or just have an archive of negatives and slides from the past, a film scanner is an incredible, dedicated tool that will breathe new...
FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini LiPlay Instant Film Camera
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FUJIFILM’s series of INSTAX Mini cameras have been some of the most popular cameras of the past few years, despite their being instant film cameras. There is the simple pleasure of producing a physical print after each photo you take; it’s a unique keepsake of the moment. But for those times when uniqueness might not be the ultimate requirement, when you want to be able to share your images with...
Hasselblad X1D II 50C
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When I was asked to join the fun of B&H’s Adventure Week, I was tasked with deciding on which camera to bring. I needed to photograph everything from striking scenery to some fast-paced action, and I needed a portable system to bring on crawls up mountains and hikes over sand dunes. Maybe not the expected choice, but I...
3 months ago
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My Linhof Super Technika V is probably the camera I can least justify owning, but it’s probably also my most cherished camera. For me, it represents the type of camera I dreamt of owning, but thought I probably never would. The reason for this? It’s a luxurious camera. Akin to something like a Leica of large format, Linhof is a premium brand known for making the best of the best, having strong...
Classic Cameras: Olympus Stylus Epic
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Printed on the back of the camera is “ULTRA COMPACT 35mm CAMERA,” which is an apt descriptor of the Olympus Stylus Epic. However, this certainly isn’t a fully fleshed-out description of what this camera is, what it can do, or how well-received this camera has been since it was introduced in 1997. Known outside of North America as the μ[mju:]-II (or just “mju-II”), the Stylus Epic could be...
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One of the most intimidating aspects of working with film today is accessibility and availability of resources for processing. With professional labs becoming rarer and rarer in most parts of the world, except for major urban centers, one of the remaining options for the photographer pining to shoot film is to develop one’s own. The good news is, however, that developing film at home is...
4 months ago
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When choosing the perfect camera for travel photography, there are myriad options available, depending on the way you like to shoot, how compact you want your camera to be, and how versatile your camera system needs to be. Ranging from ultra-compact point-and-shoots to sleek interchangeable-lens options, here are 12 portable cameras perfect for your upcoming travels. 1. Leica Q2 I’m an advocate...
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