In this current age of the so-called “full frame” digital camera, with its 2:3 proportions, the square format, or 1:1 proportion, is somewhat of an outlier and perhaps even disparaged as a remnant of the age of 120 roll film. Even Instagram, which started as an emulation of square format instant photographs has opened the […]
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What can you do if an idea seems “too big”?
I’ve been experiencing what I consider to be an issue in the current bodies of work I am working to produce. I spent most of summer 2022 photographing customs, celebrations, rituals, and practices mostly in the South of England. These are part of ongoing documentation with my collective, New Exit Group as we are working […]
A few thoughts on overcoming photography blocks
I am finding myself in a transitory stage with regards to photography. I haven’t picked up my camera with a decisive thought or the motivation to go and photograph something in a few months now. Everybody hits a wall at some point. I am only five years into my photographic journey, which is not much […]
Photos, photographing, and why: A photo essay shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn on a Pentax 6×7
They say golden hour is the prettiest. I wait until it ends. I don’t usually plan exactly where to shoot, and in more spontaneous moments take a train to a stop I’ve never been to. Today, however, the plan was to take the F train to at Red Hook, arriving at around 8:00 p.m. The […]
A look back at my personal One-Shot-Per-Week challenge of 2021 – by Tim Soderstrom
…or, forcing myself to take photos on large format film during a pandemic for an entire year. In 2021, I decided to give myself a photo challenge – to take one shot per week, on large format (4×5), for an entire year using. Though at times it certainly was a struggle, I’m happy to say […]
My adventures somewhere in-between medium & large formats on 120 format Kodak Gold 200
Large format photography issue #1 – is it a 5×4 camera or 4×5? The answer seems to depend on where you live, and I’m in Australia, so I’m calling it 5×4. I’ve done a couple of workshops on large format cameras — a day learning the basics on a 5×4 field camera and another doing […]
The vast White: Two months on Svalbard in the arctic winter, a film photography diary – by Josua Schindewolf
Earlier this year I had the chance to travel to the arctic islands of Svalbard for two months as part of a field campaign for my studies. Being the photography fiend that I am I immediately knew that I would have to bring my cameras along with a ton of film to try to capture […]
Why every film photographer should keep roll notes – by Wesley Verhoeve
Whenever I shoot film, I number every roll of film that I shoot as part of my archiving system. Keeping detailed roll notes is the second piece of the puzzle that makes my photo archive useful, searchable, and professional. What are roll notes? If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that […]
The (almost) lost roll of film
When my good friend Jonas visited Gothenburg in June 2019, we spent some quality time visiting our favorite places, trying out a ramen restaurant, and in general having a great time! The results of his trip were plenty of rolls of 120 and 220 slide film, some black, and white, and a single 120 roll […]
Confessions of a film developer
Okay, so when things go wrong the best thing to do is chalk it up to experience and make sure you don’t do it again. In the real world this is sometimes easier said than done, fortunately, when developing film at home it’s a bit more straightforward, as long as you know what you did […]
Benefits of ample exposure in black and white film photography: Or, let there be light
Detail of a component on one of the very few operating steam locomotives in the United States, Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland, OR. Hasselblad 503CX, Zeiss Planar f3.5 100 mm. Kodak T-MAX 100 developed in HC-110.
Film stock roulette: How I choose the best film stock (for me) for my new photography project
When deciding whether to use expired film or fresh stock on a personal project, it’s worth considering some practical issues. In this article, I use two personal projects to illustrate how I’ve made my choice for the best film stock for my photography projects. That “my choice” part is important. The purpose of this article […]
Anatomy of a long term documentary project – by Simon King
Storytelling is an essential part of society and shapes the way we experience everything from the obvious mass media in cinema, books, music and advertising, to more subtle things like the way a restaurant might present its menu, or the way a lawyer may present a case. Stories shape us from childhood and become what […]
The death of my mentor: Photographing in grief
In late July 2021 my mentor suddenly died. She was very important to me and although I’d only known her for about one and a half years, I just assumed she would be my mentor throughout my career as a photographer. She was my photography teacher, she was encouraging of my project ideas, and she […]
Beerol: How I learned to stop worrying and develop film in gas station beer
When I saw Fat Tire and Field Mag announce their contest to develop film in beer I knew I was entering a rabbit hole, but I couldn’t have possibly known how far that rabbit hole went, or what I’d find at the bottom. While I’d been told about Caffenol and its derivative formulas for developing […]
Best of both: The Nikon Z6 “vs” the Nikon F6 in a portrait session
After learning last year that our office was due to close, I wanted to use my photographic skills to give something back to the people I worked with, something that might help them find their next dream job. I thought I could offer portraits that people could use on their CVs and social media. After […]
Pricing your work: Economies of print, or “assigning worth when value is subjective”
When looking back on my photographs, even as “recently” far as 2019, I feel an abstraction in what my role in these images ought to be. In the moment of pressing the shutter, I feel I am the photographer, I have taken this picture.
The ten commandments of film photography
It’s funny how things come round! I first created this article along with another draft back in late March 2020 as a scratchpad for other (not too serious) ideas.
Film makes me lazy. And smart. And harder working.
Why do we photograph with film? On the one level, it is a silly question. Why do some people like cookies and cream, and others like choc fudge? Because it exists, it is an option, and we just do. For those of us where film photography is an equal option to digital photography, there is no need to necessarily […]
Grandpa, how did the film revolution begin?? Analog FANFIC
December 27th, 2068 Dear Josiah, Thank you for your note. I would wager you already know all this, but I’ll do my best to remember how it all happened since I’ve never been one to miss an opportunity to flap my jaws. Do I remember when the film revolution began? It was before The Great […]