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.
Jordan had the brilliant idea to mount his action camera on the back of the Hasselblad Xpan so we could show you what it’s like to shoot with this unique camera. It took us a while to figure out a proper way to make this work but we eventually found out a decent solution, which I hope will give you a taste of why I love this camera so much.
Nothing better than a video to show you the result of our little experiment!
I was about to begin by asking “Does anyone remember disposable cameras?” But then I did a search for “disposable” or “one-use” film cameras and saw, to my mild surprise, that such items were still available!
I say “mild” surprise in light of the fact that film is, after all, being discovered by a new generation, who came to photography well into the digital age.
I’ve been fascinated with the darkroom ever since I started shooting film. For years it was this mysterious thing that I’d never be good enough to justify having my own. It took making the complete switch to digital, and the rediscovering film a decade later that got me hooked. Having now built my own darkroom, I love seeing videos like these, and seeing what new information I can learn.
Marc Silber has covered many wonderful analogue photographers over at the Advancing Your Photography YouTube channel. Most notably, his series on Ansel Adams. Now he’s taking a deeper look into the world of Edward Weston, one of the great masters and pioneers of photography.
I think in photography the experiment set fire to the passion. There are endless ways to deepen the photographic knowledge, the surprise that can result on an experimental event, is electrifying!
In my experiment program I had on the list to deepen my rudimentary attempts to reverse every type and format of black and white film in and out of production for other uses such as graphic arts films.
Since the beginning of my photography career (perhaps life in general), I have been a huge proponent of seeing how much can be accomplished with minimal cash outlay. Sure, at times this has been because of major budget restrictions, but other times it was simply my way of staging a one-man rebellion against the swirling tide of consumerism…almost like gaming the system, as it were. Like I recently told Udi Tirosh, founder of DIYPhotography, “You inspired me early in my career, and now I have become an insatiable monster of your own creation.”
But, I have learned throughout life that: a) sometimes you get just what you pay for, and b) sometimes it’s really not worth reinventing the proverbial wheel. However, that’s more of a side note…
Sometimes photographers find real gems among the vintage cameras and lenses. Dutch photographer Martijn van Oers found an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 in a second-hand store, dating from around 1929. The folding medium-format camera had a roll of film inside, with the word EXPOSÉ on it. It got him intrigued, and he decided to develop the film and see if he can get something out of it.
He contacted a friend Johan Holleman, who has been into film photography and film developing for the most of his life. Johan warned him that the chances were slim to recover the images, considering that the film was produced between the 1940s and 1970s. However, after the careful developing process – the photos were there! It turned out that the film was nearly 70 years old, and it contained the portraits Martijn and Johan retrieved after all this time.
When a new film photographer asks the community which films are the best, all voices tend to agree on Porta, Tri-X, and HP5 but are these the most favourite? In this article, we are going to look at the top 10 films photographers prefer.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you’ve certainly tried at least once the Film Dating tool I’ve developed. It’s been a few month since I launched it and its popularity went way beyond my expectations.
I decided to write this, because the topic seems to be pretty popular these days. People ask “What camera?” and sadly, the answers are boiling down to “Get this one, because I use it and what’s good for me is definitely gonna be good for you”, which, I think we can agree, is bullshit.
Disclaimer: You don’t have to agree with anything I put down here.
If 2017 will be the year of the big comeback of film, Zorki Photo has made an announcement that supports this claim. They are launching their first film product, and it will be a 100 ISO black-and-white negative film. So, after the comeback of FILM Ferrania and Kodak Ektachrome, film photographers have another film to look forward to.