Astronaut’s Photography Manual

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have an interest both in spaceflight and Hasselblads, so I was very excited when I found that Hasselblad has made their 1984 NASA Astronaut’s Photography Manual available to the public.

As a guidebook for the NASA Photography Training Program, it not only describes the operation of the Hasselblad 500 EL/M cameras used on the U. S. Space Shuttle but is also a concise manual on photography to assist astronauts in creating the best possible space photographs.

Hasselblad cameras have performed with precision on every manned space flight since 1962 and undoubtedly future missions will continue to yield those awe-inspiring and beautiful images from space – a priceless pictorial legacy for future generations.

A lot of the info applies to all photography, but I love that all the examples are taken from space shuttle travel.

Expired Instants

July 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

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Photos by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

In July work tends to be less busy than the rest of the year, and there’s time to finish larger projects, test new equipment and tidy up the storage room. While doing just that, I came across a large batch of expired instant film in one of our fridges. I had seen them before, but now I had time to see if they still worked. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Apollo 11 Hasselblad Cameras

July 23, 2009 § 70 Comments

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in training for the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin scoops up a soil sample, while Armstrong aims his camera. Photo by NASA.

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in training for the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin scoops up a soil sample, while Armstrong aims his camera. Photo by NASA. Click for larger version.

I’ve been an avid follower of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. Although it’s a bit on the side of what I usually write about, I want to celebrate this great leap by taking a look at the cameras Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins used to take those iconic pictures from the Moon and of our Earth.
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