These are the 31 days and 45 articles that made EMULSIVE in March 2020, starting (as always) with a list of the “top ten” as decided by you and ordered by date of publication.

Before you get lost below, here’s a quick reminder that for the foreseeable future from April 2nd 2020, I’m aiming to publish two articles a day here on EMULSIVE. Truth be told, it’s going to be stressful trying to keep up but I’m giving it a crack while I have time on my hands.

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Wish me luck and enjoy!


A guide to; Simple, effective and CHEAP macro photography

A guide to Simple, effective and CHEAP macro photography

Business closures, stay at home orders and the imperative for social distancing have probably cut you off from your normal sources of photographic inspiration. Your project Strangers Touching Each Other’s Faces in Dense Crowds is on hold for the foreseeable future. So rather than capturing the wide world, here is a technique to explore the small world inexpensively, whether that’s in your living room or […]

My Nikon F100 and Sigma 35 ART lens

5 Frames… With Adox HR-50 (EI 50 / 35mm format / Nikon F100)

It can be a strange experience visiting an old stamping ground after a gap of many years as it was when I went back to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the summer; the place is still Newcastle but some of my favourite pubs have long since disappeared, some remain and new ones have sprung up, a host of independent micro pubs supplied by a similar explosion of micro […]

Coffee with Tony Vaccaro and his Leica M3 - Canon EOS-1v and Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS

Hanging out with the one and only Tony Vaccaro on Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS

When I told EM we’d bought tickets for our yearly trip to New York he suggested to visit and interview Tony Vaccaro. I never heard that name before so I looked him up. His bio reads, “Born on the 22nd of December 1922”. We had email contact with his daughter-in-law and since EM himself did already an elaborate interview In 2018, I wanted to ask […]

Month in review - 2020 February

EMULSIVE February 2020: month in review

These are the 29 days and 31 articles that made EMULSIVE in February 2020, starting (as always) with a list of the “top ten” as decided by you and ordered by date of publication. A lot went on in February, here’s what you might have missed. Enjoy!

The new limited edition Intrepid 4x5 Black Edition

The new limited edition Intrepid 4×5 Black Edition

Wood is out, replaced by anodised aluminium and 3D printed parts. Say hello to the Intrepid Camera’s Black Edition 4×5. The camera is the latest creation from the UK based company whose offices are just a few hundred meters from Brighton’s Palace Pier. The new camera, available in limited quantities starting March 27th, is a very different beast from the original “MK1” which debuted on […]

Why Shoot Film? It's about where things break down

Why Shoot Film? It’s about where things break down…

As the title says, for me, it’s about where things break down. The beginnings and endings. The edges. There is always a point at which an image breaks down and becomes the mark. Be it a pencil drawing, an oil painting or a photograph. I’ll show you what I mean. We’ll start with an oil painting. One of mine to be precise. So this is […]

My Leica M1, John Tarrant

5 Frames… On ILFORD HP5 PLUS (EI 400 / 35mm format / Leica M1)

You don’t see many references to the Leica M1 but it is perhaps the purest photographic tool. It has a good viewfinder but no rangefinder and no other automation. It has the same body as the M2 but as you can see from the first photograph below, there is no rangefinder window (it’s blanked out with an “M1” mark). Unlike the M2 and M3 the […]

My return to film- Zisis Kardianos

My return to film: Zisis Kardianos

I came back to shooting film three years ago in 2017. For the previous fifteen years I had been shooting digital with a range of cameras, the last one being the Fuji X-T1, which I still use randomly or for special assignments. It is a fine, elegant and reliable machine and the results I was getting from this, enhanced by applying the brilliant Fuji colour […]

5 Frames With... Kodak T-MAX P3200 (EI 3200 / 35mm format / Canon Canonet G-III QL17) - by Eric Meckley

5 Frames… Of mewithoutYou on Kodak T-MAX P3200 (EI 3200 / 35mm format / Canon Canonet G-III QL17)

When my favorite band — Philadephia’s mewithoutYou — came to town in Fall 2019 fall, I knew I wanted to shoot the concert with film. I’ve been going to punk rock shows since the mid-90s, but have only taken up film photography in earnest over the last year or so. For my first foray into concert photography, I opted for Kodak T-MAX P3200 because of […]

Global film photography survey: Your help needed

Global film photography survey: Your help needed

At the end of February, I played a little game on social media in the form of a film photography “Never Have I Ever…” For a fun little thing, the….

5 Frames With... Kosmo Foto Mono 100 (EI 100 / 120 format / Mamiya C220) - by Matt Thompson

5 Frames… With Kosmo Foto Mono 100 (EI 100 / 120 format / Mamiya C220)

Over the last year or so I’ve been making the transition back in time to using film rather than my digital’ cameras. In life, I feel I am making a return to a slower and more simple outlook and the return to film for me is part of the process. I tend to use whatever camera takes me and I have tried a number of […]

CatLABS X-Film 80 with the ONDU 612 MULTIFORMAT pinhole camera or... how to screw up a roll and learn to love the mistakes

CatLABS X-Film 80 with the ONDU 612 MULTIFORMAT pinhole camera or… how to screw up a roll and learn to love the mistakes

An article about learning to love photographic mistakes may not be completely interesting to all of you reading this. Stay with me for a minute. My promise to you is that at the very least, I will end with my feelings on Catlabs X-film 80 as they specifically relate to my experience with the ONDU pinhole. In between here and there, I’ll take you on […]

Kodak Tower. Image credit: Matt Stoffel

Kodak announces restructure and full-year 2019 financial results

This just in from Kodak in its full-year financial results from 2019 including revenues of US$1.2 billion, net earnings of $116 million and an organisational restructure in its film, print, imaging and brand divisions. Highlights from the official announcement:

Rants: Why didn't you search before asking the question- Or, how to fix the online photography community

Why didn’t you search before asking the question? Or, how to fix the online photography community

Some weeks ago a recent film photographer interviewee of mine reminded me of a problem that feels old as film photography itself: the negative way in which certain genuine requests for information are handled. You can read my sign-off in the link below for some initial thoughts on this but in case you don’t want to break your flow, here’s the comment made by Ejatu […]

My Olympus Pen EED with F. Zuiko 32mm f/1.7 lens

5 Frames… With Fomapan 400 Action (EI 400 / 35mm format / Olympus Pen EED)

I am a huge fan of half-frame cameras. I like to compose with the ‘portrait’ finder which is the default in all half-frame cameras except the Yashica Samurai family. It trains my eye to see in a different way for a while, which is good practice for a photographer. I bought the Pen EED for two qualities: it’s good looking and it’s “risqee”… i.e. full-auto […]

Shoot Instax Square on your Hasselblad with the #HVSQ Ver.2

Shoot Instax Square on your Hasselblad with the #HVSQ Ver.2

Shenzhen based photographer John Yang has recently announced the second version of his Instax Square film back for the Hasselblad V-System, dubbed the #HVSQ Ver.2 and has opened pre-orders for the device on his website.

Markus Hofstaetter - VIRUS

Making “VIRUS”: A tintype stop motion animation

“You know me, if something bothers my mind, I have to make art out of it. Sadly at this moment, it’s the virus — COVID-19 — so I put my thoughts and feelings onto seven wet plates to make a stop motion animation.” Regular readers will no doubt be familiar with Markus Hofstaetter through my interview with him in early 2019 and the numerous articles […]

Yashica-635 with Fujifilm FUJICHROME Velvia RVP slides

5 Frames… in Iceland with 16-year expired Fujifilm FUJICHROME Velvia RVP (EI 50 / 120 format / Yashica-635)

Last summer my girlfriend and I went on a 14-day trip to Iceland. I Packed four Cameras, a Yashica-635, Leica P, Olympus MJU, and Sony A7R II, along with three types of films: Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Velvia (RVP), and Kodak T-MAX 400 but the real JAM was my original Fujifilm FUJICHROME Velvia (RVP). a 50 ISO slide film, which had expired around 2003. I […]

The best (and worst) film cameras of the 1990s

The best (and worst) film cameras of the 1990s

My take on the 10 “best” film cameras released during the 1990s. It’s not a countdown in the traditional sense and “best”…well…

My Nikon F5 and Kodak Tri-X 400

5 Frames… With Kodak Tri-X 400 (EI 1600 / 35mm format / Nikon F5)

I think Kodak Tri-X 400 might be one of the most mystical film stocks ever produced. For more than 70 years of its production, it has covered almost all of the history of the 20th century folowing WW2. Its flexibility to tolerate push-processing makes it a favourite of photojournalists of the film era. One of them is Don Mccullin, who swore by the film. It […]

Add to queue: Interviewing Roger Lowe (Shoot film like a Boss)

Add to queue: Interviewing Roger Lowe (Shoot film like a Boss)

I would like to introduce you, dear reader, to Mr Roger Lowe. He has a film photography YouTube channel called “Shoot Film Like a Boss” which I discovered quite recently but I am quickly getting through his entire back catalogue. Roger has almost 10,000 followers now and covers a lot of things that many film channels don’t, things like darkroom printing. He has been very […]

Kodak T-MAX 400: An honest film stock review

Kodak T-MAX 400: An honest film stock review

I have always been on the fence about Kodak’s T-MAX 400 film. I have been using it on and off for the last ten years now but only had really used it for specific purposes, mainly portraits due to its super sharp rendering and high resolution with very fine grain. T-MAX 400 also has beautiful contrast right off the negative witch is great because I do love contrasty […]

Nikon N90S and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF lens

5 Frames… With 15-year expired Kodak KODALITH Ortho Film 6556 (EI 12 / 35mm format / Nikon N90S)

I knew this film existed, but it was not until 2016 when a friend showed up in my studio with this box as a gift that I saw it. Yes, it a box, not a can, if you haven’t seen it. A black box, similar to the ones Kodak sells 16mm film, self-sealing box, probably perfect for a pinhole camera, but I didn’t make one, […]

The Paradox of cluttered contact sheets - by Simon King

The Paradox of cluttered contact sheets

Contact sheets are a fantastic resource for film photographers, and can also be used by digital artists – although applying these ideas to a digital workflow can often distort the result (but I’ll come back to this later).

People of Myanmar: The Kayan and Kayah

Travelogue: People of Myanmar, the Kayan and Kayah…

The Kayen and the Kayah. Two groups of people who live in the south-east of Myanmar, formally known as Burma. Living in the rich mountainous landscapes full of teak and minerals, together with many other subgroups they are named the Karenni… It feels like time has stood still in this part of the world. A story that you would normally only read in books about […]

Gear - Fujifilm GA645 Professional

5 Frames… With Kodak Portra 400 (EI 400 / 120 format / Fujifilm GA645 Professional)

My utmost congratulations to the person who led Fujifilm’s GA645 Professional project, as it was built with decades of forward-thinking in mind. It was made for Instagram because the Fuji 645 shoots portrait by default thus making things counter-intuitive. Anyway, a roll of 120 will land you 16 shots, and loading and unloading are possibly the easiest of this type of cameras. This GA645 is […]

Ejatu - INDODA

EMULSIVE interview #214: I am Ejatu Shaw and this is why I shoot film

I first came across today’s interviewee back in December 2019 after she posted a video messing around with Kodak Gold in Barcelona. Thanks to that quick DM and ensuing chat, I’ve finally been able to get her to grace these pages as interviewee #214. Ladies and gents, this is Ejatu Shaw. Hi Ejatu, what’s this picture, then? ES: Just a lovely shot of my leg […]

Building the Goodman One: A homemade, 3D printed Plastic fantastic

Building the Goodman One: A homemade, 3D printed plastic fantastic (review)

Do you remember being a kid and building stuff out of whatever you had lying around? It was difficult at times finding the right materials or the perfect tools. The good part about being a grown-up is that you get to play with tools which are much — MUCH — more fun! Queue the 3D printed Goodman One by Dora Goodman. Time to fire up […]

ILFORD Photo film quality feedback and replacement program announced

ILFORD Photo film quality feedback and replacement program announced

The UK’s ILFORD Photo, manufacturers of black and white films such as HP5 PLUS, FP4 PLUS and Delta Professional released a statement today regarding defects found on certain 120 medium format photographic film products. From the statement: Over the last couple of months, we have noticed an increased number of customers posting their concerns on forums and social media channels relating to our 120 roll […]

5 Frames With... Rollei Retro 400S (EI 400 / 35mm format / Olympus XA4) - by Charles Mutter

5 Frames… With Rollei Retro 400S (EI 400 / 35mm format / Olympus XA4)

I’d shot this film a few times earlier in 2019, with some very pleasing results in 120 format from my Minolta Autocord, and some less pleasing ones from my Nikon F75 and 24mm f/1.8G. The latter was shot in midsummer Maltese sunshine, but did come out basically black OR white! This made me wonder if the film might be better served by older lenses…so I […]

What is exposure? How to use light meters in film photography

What is exposure? How to use light meters in film photography

Getting your exposure right is the first priority in making a photograph and comes before almost any other decision after the initial idea for a shot. Nowadays though, it is hardly given a thought. With many cameras making the basic choice, the photographer only needs to decide if any adjustment should be made to achieve his or her desired result. If, like me, you enjoy […]


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