Welcome to the personal site of Dan Finnen! Here you'll find out about all my various misdaventures, my writing, my photos, and articles about vintage photography. Under that articles tab up there are all sorts of Polaroid camera reviews, film reviews, how-to's and more. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago I invested in a replacement for my broken down SX-70 Model 2 and since then I've fallen in love with the Polaroid SX-70 OneStep Sonar SLR camera. The addition of autofocus and a clearer viewfinder goes a long way into making instant photography even more fun and the camera is clearly a beauty. Check out the full review for more info!
In other news, I've refreshed the Polaroid camera buying guide to add some new information I've learned since the fall and to clean up some weird typos that were still floating around. I get a lot of emails from people wondering what camera to buy, so hopefully this article and the accompanying reviews will provide you with more than enough information.
In the past few weeks I've finally gotten my hands on a Fuji Instax 210 to see how the other half of the instant film world lives. I fell in love with the film, but not so much with the camera. Personally, I'll probably stick with Polaroid cameras and Impossible Project film, but this camera is perfect for those who need something that won't let them down.
At long last, my Sun 600 review is online! A perfectly competent camera, but since it's an older model it tends to have a lot more issues than newer Polaroid cameras.
Whew, I'm getting behind over here! I have a Sun 600 review that is waiting in the wings, as well as a review of the Fuji Instax on the horizon. In the meantime I just posted a new portrait portfolio in the photography section. Enjoy!
It's been quiet here on the site front for the past two months, but rest assured, there's been a flurry of activity happening behind the scenes. Distract Chicago Productions LLC is undergoing some big changes, including a merger with another company and a move into an awesome new studio space.
I'm proud to announce the launch of my new website Dungheap.net! For years and years I've written hundreds of short scripts and plays, then collected them in binders I called 'Dungheaps' in a little tribute to the great David Ives. Now I'm posting many of these scripts on Dungheap.net for people to stage, read or shoot for free.
The site is still a bit of a work in progress, so if you find any bugs or weirdness, let me know. I only have about nine scripts up at the moment, but many more are on their way!
The Impossible Project has outdone itself yet again with a new film that is almost on the same level as classic Polaroid. Featuring a new opacifier, it (almost) frees one from having to take a darkslide to the front of one's camera! Check out the full review for all the details.
Well everybody, looks like we made it to a new year! After going home, eating a ton of food, and returning to Chicago to spend some quality time with the flu, it's time to get back into the swing of things. I got a new camera review in the works as well as a ton of new photo galleries and a bunch of Impossible film reviews. In the meantime, I'm always updating my flickr account with my latest experiments in photography.
While most of the site is devoted to photography, this year I plan to expand it to include more of my original writing. For as long as I can remember I've been writing scripts and stories, and it'd be nice to have somewhere where people to read/steal/write slash fiction about them.
Finally, above is one of the images I took for Dollybird Design for their Armored Spirit collection! I'll have a full gallery devoted to the series soon, but in the meantime you can see them all at Dollybird's site.
Just in time for the holidays, I got up a new review of the Polaroid Job Pro camera. It's a hardy little camera, but almost identical to other fixed focus 600 cameras like the Polaroid OneStep Closeup.
If you're looking for an awesome gift for the photographer in your life, why not get them a Polaroid camera and re-introduce them to the world of instant photograhpy? I've put together this guide complete with suggestions for different budgets. Enjoy!
For all you brave souls out there who want to tackle the Nikon Coolscan V, I've created a detailed guide to help you in your jouney. Enjoy!
Whoops! I was recently informed by a reader that I had overlooked the little shutter that allows the Polaroid Onestep Express and Polaroid Onestep Closeup to fire without flash. I've updated all my reviews accordingly. I'm not a professional and am only going off my own experience with these cameras, so if you ever find something you think might be incorrect don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks!
Ah, can't believe it's September already! Where has summer gone?
By the way, my company was featured this week as Zooppa's member of the week! Check out their blog, where you can find an interview and photos of us in action!
I just finished up updating every single one of my camera reviews on the article section! Also, I'm excited to say that I'm officially part of the eBay partner network, which allows me to post links pointing to where you can find all your favorite Polaroid cameras for sale. Using these for buying anything on eBay is hugely helpful to me and will help me continue writing for this site. Best of all, it's free for you! Thanks for your support!
Just tried out a frog tongue adapter on my Polaroid OneStep Closeup, and I'm happy to say it works as advertised. No more forgetting to tape a darkslide to the front of my camera and looking stupid in front of my model! Woo hoo!
If you're curious what the frog tongue adapter is, I'll have an article up about it soon. Basically it replaces the plastic roller thingy on modern Polaroid cameras with one that covers the image as it pops out. The Impossible Project has been selling them for about a year now.
Whew! I got a big one for you today. The culmination of a few months' worth of work, this article goes over the process I use with all my film images. I wanted to present a guide for those who are just starting into the world of film or those curious about my workflow.
This is the first in a series of articles I'm writing for my Analog Film in a Digital World project, so expect more in-depth articles coming soon!
I have a new camera review up! The Polaroid One600 is a great camera, and one of the last models Polaroid ever made before calling it quits. However, the lack of an exposure compensation lever prevents it from taking the crown of my favorite 600 type camera. Read all about it in the review!