I’m thinking about doing these link posts a little differently, and I’m hoping that the change will benefit all three parties involved (this blog, the linked blogs, and the readers). Over at FeelingNegative.com, we’ve been posting noteworthy links one at a time with additional commentary rather than just a list of links. The posts really don’t take much time to put together, but they’re so much more interesting than a big list as shown below.
So I’ll probably give it a try here on Epic Edits for a week or two and see how it works out. What do you guys think? Good idea? Or would you prefer I keep it as a list post like this?
How Film is Made… Then and Now at Kodak Figital Revolution
This is so cool… links to some video and audio that shows how Kodak film was, and is, made. They were doing some pretty amazing stuff back in 1958!
When it’s time to go Pro PhotoNetCast
A discussion with Neil Creek about his adventure into professional photography. Great stuff for the aspiring photographers out there!
Homeless Afghan War Refugees ZORIAH
Our pal Zoriah spends some time on the streets of Paris with Afghan refugees. As always, a breathtaking set of photos and stories.
The Consequences of Creativity Chase Jarvis
Chase Jarvis shares a great presentation from an event at the Art Director’s Club of Denver. He speaks on the topic of creativity and being the great artist that he is, Chase has a lot of good things to say.
I started shooting film right around April of 2008, and here we are a year later! At first, I basically bought one of everything and just tried all the different films available to me. Over time, I started leaning toward certain brands and even specific films. Now, I’m fairly picky about what I shoot — though I’m always open to trying out new films (or at least new to me).
Also in the last year, more and more people are getting into film and asking me which film to use. Of course, that kind of thing is dependent on what you’re shooting, which camera you’re using, what the light is like, what kind of mood you’re going for, and personal preference. But if you’re completely new to film photography, it’s nice to have some advice to start with. So here are 11 of my favorite films after a year of shooting.
BLACK AND WHITE FILM
Black and white is definitely my favorite when it comes to film. Each film captures the scene a bit differently at varying levels of contrast, dynamic range, and tone representation. Here are five of my favorites.
ILFORD PANF PLUS
This one is my favorite film of all. It’s a medium contrast low speed (ASA 50) film that goes nicely with old cameras. I love using this film in my TLR on a sunny day because it allows me to open up the lens for a shallow DOF. See my sample photos on Flickr
ILFORD HP5 PLUS
This is my go-to film for any time the sun isn’t shining. Also a fairly medium contrast film, but with a faster speed (ASA 400). Awesome dynamic range with great looking grain. A very versatile film, capable of being pushed to ASA 3200 and pulled to ASA 100 with decent results. See my sample photos on Flickr
ILFORD DELTA 3200
I like this one for indoor shooting because of its fast speed (ASA 3200), though it does have some very pronounced grain. The contrast on this film tends to be higher than the PanF or HP5. See my sample photos on Flickr
ILFORD XP2 SUPER
This film is a bit different than the others since its not really a black and white film. The XP2 (ASA 400) is actually a C-41 film, so it needs to be processed as if it were color film. This is handy for folks who want to shoot black and white but don’t have access to anything but standard color developing. See my sample photos on Flickr
Though black and white is my favorite, color is quickly growing on me. Color film usually renders a scene in a very different fashion than a typical digital image. Like black and white films, the various color films have differing levels of saturation, contrast, and grain. Here are 3 of my favorites.
KODAK PORTRA 400VC
The Portra VC (Vivid Color) films are very strong in color saturation and well suited for toy cameras and such — though I assume they’ll work just as well in a “real” camera. I have yet to try the Portra 160VC, but I’ve got some waiting to be loaded up in my TLR. See my sample photos on Flickr
FUJIFILM REALA 100
This one is fairly slow (ASA 100) as far as color negative films go, and the results are nice and sharp with little sign of grain. Color accuracy seems to be very good, and the saturation and contrast look great without being overdone. See my sample photos on Flickr
Last week, my professional printer (Oscar Medina of San Diego Photos and Prints) contacted me about a brand new service he’s offering to local artists. He’s put together a notification list for upcoming shows and juried competitions in the Southern California area — most specifically San Diego County.
This is an extremely valuable resource because the notifications are filtered by Oscar himself and they’re for REAL events — not just online stuff. Yes, that’s right… printing your photos and putting them up on a wall somewhere (gasp!). These types of shows and contests are sometimes difficult to find and keep track of, so the notification list provides us with a quick and easy method for it all. I, for one, plan on participating in several local events this year in attempts to better my photography.
I would 100% recommend this free service to all San Diego photographers, and I’d also recommend it to all other Southern California Photographers. Once you sign up (using the link below), you’ll start to receive email notifications of new events as Oscar posts them. You’ll also get access to an archive of previously posted events so you can see everything that is and was available. The notifications include the name of the event, a short description, and a link to the event website for further information.
And again, it’s FREE! So sign up and see if you find anything of interest.
Your Cute Kid – Everywhere DIYPhotography.net
More and more lately, it’s becoming ever so important to read the fine print when joining new websites or entering contests. It’s especially true with photo contests — you might just be giving away the rights to your photos.
What’s new in Bridge CS4? Julieanne talks Camera Raw, CS4 John Nack on Adobe
Want the scoop on all the new features in Bridge CS4? John Nack presents us with a great video overview and a big list of new and updated features. The second article links to various resources that give an overview of the new stuff in Photoshop CS4 and ACR 5.
An Introduction to Stock Photography Beyond Megapixels
A discussion of stock photography including types of stock photos and earning from microstocks, but many of the points are applicable to all types of stock sites.
Starting a Photography Business on $2000 Pro Photo Life
What if you only had $2000 and wanted to start out doing light editorial or portrait photography on the side? Could a half decent kit be put together for that $2000? Jim Talkington thinks so!