film photography

Why I Shoot Film

Why I Shoot Film

There are a lot of reasons to shoot film, many of which I am sure you've heard. But this video is about why I shoot film. It all comes down to this: I shoot film as a reaction to the over perfected and curated images everywhere we turn. So what is it about film that counters that?

1. the implicit understanding that an iconic moment or any decisive moment came down to the photographer's timing. When you know the photographer used a camera with a 30 frame per second burst, images can feel less significant.

2. Imperfection. Back in college I wanted my film photographs to be perfect. But it made sense back then: film was your only option for the most part of making an image. But now that that has changed, I like my film work to have some imperfection at times.

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My New Favorite Black and White Film

AGFA APX 25

AGFA APX 25 is my new favorite film! Will I use it often? Probably not. Since it's been discontinued for some time now, I am going to cherish what I have left. Although the results when developed in Diafine were unremarkable, this film truly shines in Rodinal. Personally, this is the finest grained film with the best tonal range of anything I have shot so far. Let me know your thoughts! I have been a professional event photographer in Los Angeles for 10 years while teaching photography at the same time.

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Anscomark M Film Camera

Anscomark M Film Camera

The Anscomark M is the sturdiest camera I have ever held. "Built like a tank," is one of the most overused expressions when it comes to cameras, but it really does apply here; We are talking WWI era tank to be clear ;) This camera is feature-full from built in selenium light meter, threaded cable release hidden below the shutter button, to it's interchangeable lenses. Unfortunately it can be very hard to find lenses for this camera if you can even find the camera at all. I am looking forward to shooting with this camera and I'm very excited to share my results with you all!

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Photographing Jamie Lee Curtis

In this episode I photograph a Fund Her event hosted by my friend Adrienne and Jamie Lee Curtis. Fund her supports women candidates for office. Link to their site below!

Check out Fund Her: https://www.fundher.org/

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My Film Camera Collection

Here are just a few of my film cameras in my "collection." Consider them my favorites of each type of film camera I have.

Pentax 67

My go to, well my only, medium format camera with interchangeable lenses. Perfect when I am in "work mode." I love this camera, but due to its size its not something I like to carry around with me. But its definitely a work horse.

Rolleiflex 3.5

Possibly my all time favorite film camera to shoot with. There is nothing like shooting with a TLR. It's just an entirely different approach to shooting compared to modern SLR style cameras or even rangefinders. The Rolleiflex is a gorgeous, well built camera.

Canon 1V

A MUST HAVE FOR ANY CANON DSLR SHOOTER. You will feel right at home here. Although its autofocus and burst rates aren't quite up to snuff compared to its modern equivalent, the 1dxii. Theres nothing like shooting film and having pro lens options!

Leica M3

What can be said about the Leica m3 that hasn't already been said by too many to count. It is legendary for a reason. NONE of my other cameras rival its build quality, though some come close in their own ways.

Voigtlander Vito ii

This camera made me fall in love with folding cameras- I want more! It's such a quirky experience, using one. But once you figure it out its such an enjoyable experience and challenge.

Rollei 35 s

My favorite compact camera dependent on a distance scale for focussing. To my knowledge there is nothing that comes close to it in design and quality.

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5 Tips for getting Into Film Photography

Today I have Five tips for those of you just getting into film photography!

5 tips for getting into film photography

 

#1 UNDERSTAND YOUR FUNDAMENTALS

Contrary to what many say, (specifically people who have never taught a photography class) I recommend you understand your photography fundamentals FIRST. Yes, an all manual film camera distills photography down to the basics, but if you’re just learning, not being able to see instant results, not to mention the delay in which you will see your work will slow the process of learning down. And that's not to mention that by the time you see your work, you may forget what your settings and lighting conditions were. If you still want to jump right in, I recommend you get either a point and shoot or any camera with an auto feature. DO NOT LISTEN to people saying you learn best on a manual camera. That sounds good on paper, but in practice getting a blank roll back is a huge disappointment and very off putting. You want to be able to get excited about the process- the technical stuff can come later

#2 START WITH BLACK AND WHITE

Maybe you’ve heard that black and white is more pure and all that- and that may be true. But if you’re just starting out I recommend shooting black and white because you have a greater leeway when it comes to properly exposing your image. Color requires you to be more precise. And while on the topic of Film...

#3 START WITH ISO 400 ISO

400 speed film will give you good amount of flexibility in getting a proper exposure in varying lighting conditions. Sure, it's technically not as “sharp” as a slow speed film, but if you want perfect, you may as well shoot digital.

#4 WHEN IN DOUBT OVER EXPOSE

Film photography is better at preserving the highlights and... When exposing film it’s better to have too much information than too little

#5 TAKE YOUR TIME AND ENJOY THE PROCESS

One of the many reasons to shoot film is because of how enjoyable the hands on process can be and it’s ability to put you in the moment. Never forget that and have fun!

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Pentax SMC Takumar 1.4 vs Yashinon-DX 1.4

Check out this comparison video between the Pentax Takumar SMC Takumar 1.4 and the Yashica Yashinon-DX 1.4 I honestly like them both and will probably use them quite differently. The Pentax 1.4 has a warm, rich, earth tone feel. In my opinion it far rivals the Canon 50mm 1.8. I did not find any cons to it. The Yashica Yashinon-DX is quite a bit different. I was surprised by how much it flared, which lead me to believe that it must have had haze in it. I didn't find any. More light just seem to transport through it and it has an overall cooler, flatter profile. The cool thing about these lenses are their compatibility. If any film camera with an M42 mount can take them or use them digitally with an adapter. What do you all think?

Using Vintage Lenses on the Canon M50

Shooting with vintage lenses on the Canon M50 is so much fun. Even though you lose your autofocus when doing so, getting footage with character is awesome- and affordable! I will be experimenting with shooting with my m50 and vintage lenses for a while. I have to say, I am liking the m50 more everyday.

Videos of the Canon fd 50mm 1.8, Pentax 50mm 1.4, Minolta 58mm 1.4, and the Yashica 50mm 1.4

How to Find Cheap Film Cameras

If you're looking to get into film photography but you're on a budget, I highly recommend looking at cameras from manufacturers you may not be familiar with. Some of my favorites come from Yashica and Konica. At this point perceived value of old cameras far outweighs their original costs.

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Rollei 35s with Supra 400

The Rollei 35s is still one of my favorite film cameras. Here is an update on what it's been like shooting with it. Scale focussing can still be a limitation, but that will largely depend on what kind of shooting you do. For street photography, it's a gem. Stay tuned for more film camera updates!

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Pentax 67 diopter (why I almost sold my Pentax 67)

 

The Pentax 67 does not have a built in diopter. Rather, if you wear glasses, you will need to purchase an aftermarket eye piece. Well it turns out that whoever owned this camera before me did just that which is why it always looked blurry to my eyes.

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