Self portrait


Started taking photographs when I was about 15 years old with a gift camera, an Agfa Click. A few years later I began with developing films in our basement. Bought an old 6x9 folding camera and an even older 9x12 cm camera with glass plates. An Opemus enlarger was added, soon followed by an LPL 6x6 color enlarger in a real darkroom. Developing in the strangest soups and enlarging, everything in black and white. 

The number of subsequently "worn out" cameras can no longer be determined exactly, but it is considerable, even for a camera freak, from half-35 mm to 6x9! I took photographs privately, but also for my work as a journalist, editor/editor-in-chief of trade magazines, often traveling in the Netherlands  and abroad.

When the first digital cameras came onto the market, In 1998 I bought  a Kodak DC 260 with 1.5 Mp! See some amazing photos that came out of that camera!

Many more digital cameras followed …..

In case you would like to give comments or receive a digital copy of an original photograph, please email me and I will be happy to send it to you. Photos of guests are excluded.

A site that has been around for many years with lots of  serious tests and information about cameras and lenses.

Also a site with many (good) tests of cameras and lenses and - very special - a Comparometer, where you can compare cameras at a detailed level via standard test photos. Highly recommended!

This is a site where you can see for many cameras how many clicks (shutter movements) have been made in total by uploading a photo from that camera.

Thomas Stirr is a Canadian professional photographer who at some point in 2015 decided to no longer work with heavy full-frame cameras, etc., after he had done a test with a camera from the  Nikon 1 series. He worked with many of them. Since then he has had a preference for small cameras that he considers better suited to his work. He now uses Olympus cameras.

We already reported so on the homepage. This is the site for anyone who is looking for photos to use in his or her work or simply to make a poster for the wall at home. But also a site where every photographer, if he/she wants to make photos available, can easily upload photos.

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Something about camera sensors 

Photo made with a Kodak DC260 in 2000

Here you will find an image showing the relative difference between some sensor sizes in cameras which is admittedly a bit outdated, but is still correct for the smaller formats.

Different sensor sizes in digital cameras

In 2000 with Kodak DC260, 1,5 Mp!

In 2005, during the years that I lived and worked in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, I stopped carrying around heavy camera gear. Bought my first compact Panasonic superzoom which I liked so much that nowadays I still have a superzoom, a (unfortunately not so small, but very universal) Panasonic Lumix FZ10002 (1” sensor).

But if possible now I prefer to use one of my other (very small) 1” sensor cameras and lenses of my favorite old Nikon 1 series and sometimes (more and more?)  …… my mobile phone.

Create an autobiographical (photo)book!

Long ago I was asked to assist in the creation of a life story and ultimately produce it as a book. That was such a fascinating experience that it later led me to write such books myself for my children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Why wouldn't you, as an (amateur) photographer, do something similar and write an autobiography based on your own photos? Can you imagine a more sensible way to spend it?

Editing panel (part) of the ACDSee photo editing program

Photo editing tips

In case you want to do a little more than taking snapshots, you will also like to easily be able to adjust the photos you have taken. 

There are many programs out there that you can use to do that. It's a personal choice. Just to name a few:

- ACDSee (incl. image-management)

- Adobe Lightroom
- Adobe Photoshop
- Affinity Photo

- Apple Photos

- Luminar

- NX Studio (free on Nikon site), incl. image management!

- Photomator

- Pixelmator Pro

- XnView MP (incl. image-management), freeware for private users.

Our choice: simplicity and speed!

Personally, we prefer a normal, own folder structure from which we can directly adjust and save photos with a photo editor. Although we work on Apple computers, we are not fans of Apple Photos, because it is not easy to find out where your photo files are physically stored. 

We are using ACDSee for Mac already many years for photo management and direct fast photo editing.

On this page we show a couple of the different editing options in ACDSee. There are more panels and wheels. The Brightening panel is special, where you can even adjust with up to 9 sliders to tune a photo very accurately in all details.

Pixelmator Pro 

We use Pixelmator Pro as a plugin of ACDSee for good and easy removal of unwanted items, easy background removal, local sharpening, super resolution (super enlarging!) , make photos web-ready etc.

The latter program can even do much, much more, including text and designs.

Your own choice, of course!

The choice of a photo editor is personal. While one can work fine with a certain program, another one could hate it. It also depends on what you want to achieve and with what effort. 

Nevertheless we hope this page provides some useful information for visitors of this site.

Folder (directory) structure of all photos

Part of the Developing panel of ACDSee

Photo scan tip

Many of us want/need to scan old photos occasionally and you want to do so with good quality. I have been using the universal scanning program Vuescan, developed by Ed Hamrick, for almost 20 years on my Mac's! Of course I changed scanners several times during that period, but I was always able to continue using a version of Vuescan. 

It's hard to believe, but this program Vuescan for Mac and Windows now supports more than 7,000 scanners from 42 brands. You can make quality scans of documents, photos, negatives and slides with it, depending on the technical capabilities of your scanner. In various resolutions, with corrections, etc. 

You can try the program for free with your own scanner or scanner/printer. Nearly a million users preceded you, including well-known large companies and government agencies.