Quickly digitize the Dark Age with this DIY Automatic Film Slide Scanner

For those alive (or with family alive) during the days of film cameras, you have probably encountered the phenomenon of film slides (considered by some to be the precursor to PowerPoint, but Bill Gates refused to comment on where he originally came up with the idea). The problem with them, however, is moving them over into the digital era.

That is where photographer and DIY-er Stefan Lindgren took it upon himself to build a more-affordable alternative to the SlideSnap Pro, which weighs in at a hefty $3,395. (Heck, I don’t even spend that much on a car!)

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Blast From The Past: Retaking an Image With Film

Ever Photographed any kids? You know that the first thing that happens after you click the shutter is them running over and asking if they can see the photo.

Of course this “show me the photo” pavlovian effect is a completely new behavior. Only a few years ago we shot on rolls of film, and had to wait hours (if not days) between the time the shutter was clicked till the time we could actually see the photo. (and forget blink detection…..).

What happens when we cross our need for immediate gratification with the fact that some of us still shoot film? College Humor tried to find out with a short film that “crosses the beams” between that girl who always wants to see the photo and the fact that the camera is use is a film camera.

+ you know…. Zombies.

[That Annoying “Take Another Photo!” Girl via reddit]

Forgotten treasures: 31 undeveloped, 70-year-old rolls of film shot by WWII Soldier

History, while being something we often repeat, is a precious treasure that, with time, often passes from recollection. With a passion to ensure that doesn’t happen, the Rescued Film Project makes it their mission preserve forgotten treasures and share them with the world. They take old, rescued film from the 1930s to the 1990s, develop it, and digitally preserve it before it degrades beyond any usability. As RFP explains,

Every image in The Rescued Film Project at some point, was special for someone. Each frame captured, reflects a moment that was intended to be remembered. The picture was taken, the roll was finished, wound up, and for reasons we can only speculate, was never developed. These moments never made it into photo albums, or framed neatly on walls. We believe that these images deserve to be seen, so that the photographer’s personal experiences can be shared. Forever marking their existence in history.

In what was essentially a gold mine find, they came into possession of 31 rolls of undeveloped film from an unnamed soldier in World War II, a man whose only known legacy is the images he left behind. Though time and the elements had taken their toll on the film, many of the photos, most having laid dormant for nearly 70 years, were still recoverable.

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Seung-Hwan Oh Develops Film With Fungi, Results Are Delicious


Developing film is an art form that is slowly fading away. As time goes by, less labs are available for developing film, and as DIGITAL is slowly taking over the last bit image capturing, film rolls are becoming more rare. And while producing art from film and paper was not always as accurate as working with calibrated monitors and printers, I miss those days of mild imperfections.

I guess artist and photographer Seung Hwan Oh felt similarly. But his concept of imperfection involved introducing fungi into the film before exposing it in camera. Of course the fungi liked the film and so it ate it a bit. The result shared in a project called Impermanence is something a bit weird, something between portraiture and abstract.

Haily Grenet who describers the work on Seung Hwan Oh’s portfolio explains the concept:

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Unique Photography Project Takes ‘Self Portrait’ To All New Levels

In a world that is so obsessed with selfies,  it’s hard to stand out from the crowd, but the unusual technique adopted by American photographer, Brigette Bloom, may just steal the show. Bloom, an advocate for film photography, soaks rolls of film in her own urine before exposing it. Yes, you read that correctly, she pees on unprocessed film.


Bloom uses a variety of techniques to process her film including steeping it in her own urine.

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Is Shooting A Video On Film Still Worth It?

You know Steven. He is the crazy hacker who made the Battlefield Pinhole Camera (and others….). This time around he sent me his latest music video. Here is the thing, it was shot 100% on film, and well worth the effort.

The clip was shot with a rented Aaton LTR 54, using a full Zeiss Prime f/1.2 series lens kit (80mm, 50mm, 35mm, 25mm, 16mm, 12mm, 9,5mm, 5,6mm aspheron)

First, this clip is just oozing with creativity, but that alone does not justify film. I asked Steven why he shot this on film and basically he has two reasons:

The first one was the physical qualities of the film, huge latitude and grain: [Read more…]

No More Wating For Prints – The Lomo’Instant Brings The Lomo Fun to NOW

lomo-instant-20If you are a fan of analog film, but hated the wait between shooting and developing, this new camera from Lomograpy will make you very, very happy.

The Lomo’Instant  is a hybrid between the classic Lomo analog vibe and Fujifilm Instax Mini Film. The camera supports interchangeable lenses (or attachments): Wide Angle (82°), Fisheye (170°) & Portrait (64°).

Here is the interesting bit, While Lomography has both the sales channels and (I would guess) the funds to make this camera alone, they are turning to Kickstarter to back this project. A camera will set you back $69 (if you are an early bird) and a full set is $160. – it is over 30% funding from its $100,000 in just about 2 hours.
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3 ways Of Using 35mm Film in 120 Bodies

35-120-usage-06with the slow decay of film it is getting harder and harder to find film to use on old (or new) cameras that use 120 film. Even you do find 120 film (hint Amazon, eBay) it is not trivial to develop (not to mention expensive). But what if you have a Diana or a treasured Mamiya that you want to use? You can still use them with 35mm film if you can manage to load the film into the spool in a way that you can wind it after each shot.

The photos you take will not be restricted to the 35mm frame that you are accustomed to, but go all over the sprockets. It’s a pretty cool effect if you ask me.

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Photographer finds Developed Kodak Super XX Roll of an Unknown Man’s Life Post-WW2

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If you read my last post, I was emphasizing heavily on how important photography is to our time today; it’s become a way for us to have an actual window to our past that our world hasn’t ever had before in its existence. I wrote much of it thinking about how often it goes over our heads that we have the ability to discover and share moments like that at such a fast pace today.

A photographer named Derek Wong felt the same way. Recently, he came across a roll of developed Kodak Super XX film at an antique store and decided to pick it up. He wrote about why he chose to buy it, telling us that he can now “show the world those moments in history” that were merely fading into irrelevancy sitting in the shop.

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DIYP Reviews The Lomokino Analog Movie Maker


What da!?

Here is the short answer (AKA straight to the point)

The LomoKino is a 35mm truly analogue movie camera. Using a normal 35mm roll of film (36 exp.), the LomoKino can shoot around 144 frames or 25 sec. of beautifully analogue cinematic masterpieces (well, the masterpiece part is kinda up to you and your creativity). [Read more…]