If you only shoot digital, you may want to learn something new and try film photography for the first time. While it’s exciting (and nowadays kinda exotic) to shoot film, you might find it difficult to choose your first film camera. To make the decision easier and help you do it right, Casey Cavanaugh will show you the five most important things you should look for before you buy a film camera.
There have been plenty of analog-digital blends in the market. From I’m Back digital back for SLR cameras, to Yashica Y35 with faux film roll, which raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Now there’s another Kickstarter campaign promising to breathe a new life into your old analog camera. Check out Film35, the latest invention that turns your film camera into a digital one and even gives it a “vintage feel.”
Leica is king of ultra-expensive limited edition cameras, and wealthy collectors love them for it. This year, they collaborated with renowned photographer Terry O’Neill to create the Terry O’Neill limited edition Leica MP. Shortly after the release, they sold all 35 of the cameras they produced despite costing $14,500 a piece. Kinda scary, no?
You’ve probably never heard of Kodak Alaris, but they’re the reason why you still get to enjoy using Kodak films to this day. Just this year, they’ve announced the reintroduction of Ektachrome and T-MAX P3200. Apart from keeping film stocks alive, they also continue to manufacture and sell disposable cameras. In fact, according to photographyblog, they just released a new single-use daylight camera with ISO 800 film today, and you might want to check it out.
We did not find any supporting evidence aside from that mention so we are treating this as a rumor.
Photos of Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 leaked a couple of days ago, showing that Fujifilm’s new instant camera looks a lot like Instagram logo. This camera for the new generation of film shooters is now officially launched, ready for preorders and retailing at $130. Let’s take a look at the specs.
Shooting film isn’t vegan-friendly. If you are a vegan, you might have already been aware of this, as film contains gelatin. But on a special FAQ page, Ilford helps you learn more. The company explains why shooting film isn’t vegan, but also tells you more about their other products, animal by-products in them, and about testing chemicals on animals.
As popular as film has become, a lot of people still mention the cost of shooting film being quite high. And we’re not talking about the price of gear, because that’s dirt cheap these days. It’s the actual shooting process that can be expensive. As the rolls are made in fewer quantities, manufacturing is more expensive. Because labs are developing fewer films, their costs go up, too.
The biggest way to help knock down this cost, though, is to develop your own film. In this 36 minute video from photographer James Stevenson, we see the complete process from start to finish. James covers the kit, chemicals, accessories and entire the process from start to finish. James covers a whole lot of information, with some great tips. And best of all, you don’t even need a darkroom to do it.
There is no doubting that analogue photography is on the up – or at least, it did hit rock bottom and it has bounced. But is gravity going to take hold; is it on the verge of failure again? Or is it about to break through into the mainstream again like vinyl records have? Moreover, is the huge part crowdfunding has played in this process ultimately going to be key to the success, or will it issue the final death warrant to the film photography industry?
I’ve seen some rather interesting Halloween photos cross my desk over the past week or so. Few that are quite as interesting as this project from photographer Markus Hofstätter, though. Shooting some Halloween portraits on large format wet plate. Best of all, he shot a behind the scenes video showing how it was done. While it’s not a 360° video, it makes some fairly heavy use of a 360° camera, with some pretty cool effects and transitions.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. I never expected it to be this complicated and challenge my way of thinking about photography as much as it did. Such a simple concept with no expensive gear and no planning needed, yet doing an alphabet challenge with a disposable camera has changed the way I think about my photography.