Posts Tagged ‘film’

Short Film Explores the State of Film Photography in Calgary

Canadian freelance photographer Jesse Yardley created this mini documentary about the current state of film photography in Calgary. Worried that analog may be a “dying art,” Yardley did interviews with some notable photographers in the area to find out if film still has a chance.
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Analog Stories: Brooks Sterling on Shooting Surfing with a Nikonos Film Camera

Photographer and filmmaker Matt Mangham has launched “Analog: Stories of Film Photography,” a series of short videos that explore the current state of film photography. “Ever since getting into film photography, I’ve been so passionate about learning from others using film in one way or another,” he writes. “It’s a dying medium and yet in a lot of ways a thriving one.”

The first video (above) is a profile of surf photographer Brooks Sterling, who talks about how he uses film cameras (including the 35mm Nikonos underwater camera) for his images.
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I Had 164 Rolls of Film Processed at Once: Here’s How I Do It

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I recently stopped into the Costco in Mountain View, California with 164 rolls of Kodak Portra 400. You should’ve seen the look of the staff — it was a look of confusion, awe, and amazement.

They were surprised that all that film I brought in was all shot by me. They were also partly worried that they would have to process all of it. I reassured them by telling them to take their time. I wasn’t in a rush. After all, I had been sitting on my film and letting them “marinate” for nearly a full year.
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How to Turn an iPad and iPhone Into a Negative Film Viewing Station

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A few years ago, we wrote about how phones can be used as negative film strip viewers by simply inverting the screens. Swedish photographer Adam af Ekenstam took the idea a step further by using an iPad and iPhone together as a simple yet powerful negative viewing station.
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The World’s First Pinhole Photo Captured by Drone

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Say hello to drone pinhole photography. A photography class at the Rochester Institute of Technology has successfully created what appears to be the first documented case of a pinhole photograph captured from a drone.
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Virtual Fracking: Destroying Photos of Rock with the Chemicals of Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a much-debated method of obtaining oil or gas from the Earth that involves injective a chemical cocktail at high pressure through deep rock formations in order to create cracks through which things can flow. Artist Grayson Cooke recently came up with his own spin on the subject through a project called “Virtual Fracking.”

Cooke used the exact same chemicals used in fracking to destroy photographic slide images of sedimentary rock, capturing the strangely beautiful effects on camera.
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in Biopic About War Photog Lynsey Addario

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If you’re a fan of both photography and major Hollywood movies, there’s an upcoming film to add to your “must watch” list. Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a war photographer biopic with actress Jennifer Lawrence as photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

The film will be based on Addario’s new memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.
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RNI All Films 3.0 Claims to Offer Film Simulation More Convincing Than Actual Film

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Preset maker Really Nice Images has announced RNI All Films 3.0, a new film simulation suite that aims to rival the software offered by companies such as DXO and VSCO. RNI claims to be so realistic in its simulation of film that film photographers are fooled by resulting photos in blind tests.

It’s “simulation more convincing than actual film,” Really Nice Images says.
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The Impossible Project Launches New Round Frame Color Instant Film

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The Impossible Project is continuing to branch out from the standard frame design for instant photos that made the original Polaroid pictures iconic. Last year the company launched a new line of film with colorful frames. This year it’s the shape that’s getting a makeover: the company has unveiled a new color instant film with round frames rather than square ones.
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These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene.

Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.