Film Photography

You’re Making a Mistake if You’re Not Telling Your Friends to Start With Film – Photography Article

Photography is a dream job for many, and everyone thinks we’re so lucky to do it. To that extent, they also all “would love to get more into photography.” While we get pretty good at sifting out which of our friends are actually serious about that goal, here are a few suggestions for how to get over the biggest barrier to entry by starting with film. Sure, we’re well into the 21st century. As such, digital photography is something we…

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Behind the Scenes at Ilford Photo’s Factory – Photography Article

Far from dying out, film photography still has a place in many people’s hearts. One of the companies which has warmly occupied this space is Harman technology Limited, which has been trading as Ilford Photo since 2005. This lovely short film documents what still goes on in their factory today.  When it looked like digital was going to completely steamroll the film photo industry, the smart companies that maybe weren’t as thinly or widely spread as their competitors manged to survive the cut and now…

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New Exhibition Shows How a Look at the Dark Side Can Show a Photographer the Light – Photography Article

An amazing new exhibition has just opened, depicting images once lost to history and giving us a behind the scenes glimpse at some of the greatest mysteries of our time. I love history. As the saying goes: the past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. And there are few better ways to understand the current world we live in than to look into our past to recognize similar patterns to the waves we currently find ourselves riding. I am also a…

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Photographer Creates Huge Functioning Camera From a Shipping Container, Complete With Dark Room Inside – Photography Article

One photographer has turned a shipping container into a huge camera, complete with a built-in darkroom. The creation is capable of producing large, traditional analog prints. Brendan Barry, the same photographer responsible for turning everyday items (including fruit) into functioning cameras, has returned with this new project. Basing the shipping container in Northernhay Gardens, in Exeter, Devon, close to his home, Barry spent three weeks creating various images that he is now displaying to the public. Painting the exterior the resemble…

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The Fun of Shooting With a 150-Year-Old Camera – Photography Article

Modern cameras are rather remarkable pieces of technology that make capturing stunning images even in the most difficult shooting scenarios easier than ever. But there is still a lot of magic in the early processes of yesteryear. This awesome video goes behind the scenes of shooting with a camera that’s a century and a half old. Coming to you from Mathieu Stern, this intriguing video features a behind the scenes look at the wet plate collodion process. The collodion process came…

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A Behind the Scenes Look at How Instant Film is Made – Photography Article

Old school instant cameras have long been a popular alternative to traditional film or digital photography. The film they use and images they produce have a quality unlike any other medium.  My parents never had an instant camera when I was growing up. They had boring old film cameras with little flash cubes on the top, and we had to wait weeks before we got developed prints from the rolls of film that held our images hostage. I’m sure my folks valued…

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Alternative Processing Film: A Third Approach – Photography Article

In part of three of making prints of my shoot with Cognito, I made a kallitype from a film scan. A kallitype is an iron-based contact printing solution that yields a wonderful tonality that, in my opinion, can only be found in analogue printing. Here’s a quick overview of the process and some thoughts on why you should venture out and try something different! A Truly Hybrid Process As film photographers, by far the most common workflow is the lab route. We…

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Jumping Back in to the Darkroom – Photography Article

As a sort of part 2 to my last video, I’m taking the black and white film from that same shoot and jumping into the darkroom. It’s been a while since I’ve ventured in, so I thought it would be fun to take you along with me while I kicked off the cobwebs. In my last video, I showed a workflow for the part of the shoot with Cognito that used color film. For this part, I really wanted to…

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Shoot With Less to Create More Effectively – Photography Article

Let’s be honest. While we as photographers have a troublesome relationship with gear at times, we could mostly do with a lot less of it. In yet another wonderful discussion, Nick Carver gives us his thoughts on hiring a wedding photographer, using less gear, choosing a rum as a digestif, and what it means to be a photographer.  For those of you who don’t know Nick Carver, he produces videos that fight the YouTube norm in their speed and content.…

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Between the Lines: A Beautiful Short Film – Photography Article

Once in awhile, a story teller is able to capture something of what it means to be a photographer. Between the Lines is a short film showcasing beautiful cinematography and scenery. It is artfully and masterfully crafted and is possibly the most inspirational 13 minutes you will watch this year. I knew of Sasha Specker while growing up in South Africa. For years, he lead the South African charge in the international bodyboarding circuit. During that time, he started surf photography.…

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Negative Lab Pro 2.0: C41 Scanning Heaven! – Photography Article

Scanning film has always been a bit of a pain. However, with time comes progress, and Nate over at Negative Lab Pro has been doing some awesome work, making scanning C-41 film using a DSLR or mirrorless easier than ever. However, using Negative Lab Pro with a flatbed scanner has always been a bit lacking. That just changed with Negative Lab Pro 2.0 and an unlikely partner: Vuescan. Now, I know I’ve been vocal about my distaste for Vuescan. I’m just not…

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Kodak Announces Ektachrome E100 120 Medium Format Film Beta Trial for July – Photography Article

Are you a fan of shooting medium format film? Get ready, for Kodak has finally shed some light on the upcoming release of its Ektachrome 100 in 120 medium format. After first being unveiled in late 2018, the Kodak Ektachrome 100 in 35mm is based upon the Kodak Ektachrome E100G E6 slide film that was produced until 2012. The company has now revealed via an Instagram post their intention of a “coating trial” of the medium format version, currently scheduled for…

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Developing Color Film Is a Lot Easier Than You Think – Photography Article

I enjoy shooting film from time to time. I like the process, the feel, and the whole “specialness” of it. Up until somewhat recently, I was afraid to develop myself, but this video from fantastic channel Eduardo Pavez Goye shows that developing film is a lot less scary than you may think. When developing film, especially color film, we are told that your chemicals need to be within one degree or it won’t work, or that if you don’t get everything absolutely bang on…

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Shooting Large Format Portraits for the First Time – Photography Article

Have you ever wondered about what goes into producing images with a large format film camera? Take a look behind the scenes as photographer Willem Verbeeck tries out large format portraiture for the first time. In the current days of digital everything, it’s both interesting and enlightening to see a photographer shooting large format in a film camera. Having never used one of these beautiful beasts myself, I was intrigued by this quick behind-the-scenes video documenting a first time experience with…

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Why Every Digital Photographer Should Also Shoot on Film – Photography Article

The disposability of digital imagery created a significant shift in the world of photography. As film stock gave way to megapixels, we changed the way that we shoot, and this insightful video from Jamie Windsor offers a few suggestions as to why it’s nice to go back in time every now and then. It strikes me as strange that with all of the Lightroom presets and color profiles available, there’s still a certain look and feel to images shot on…

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A Look Into the Creation of Tintype Photographs of the Cast of Paramount’s Yellowstone – Photography Article

What happens when you combine the stars of an award-winning modern-day Western television series, with photography methods that haven’t been mainstream since the early 20th century? Check out the video to see what goes into the making of a tintype portfolio. My sister is a huge fan of the Paramount Network series, Yellowstone. A couple of days ago, she sent me the link to this video, where Sarah Coulter, senior photo editor for the Paramount Network, shows a behind-the-scenes look…

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