Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Amazing Polaroid Film Photography by Scott Southall

29-year-old Columbia-based film photographer Scott Southall is a familiar face on Shooting Film. He joined with us in several film photography projects before and now coming back to share some amazing shots with us.

“This set of Polaroids is from an anime convention held April 1-3 in Columbia called Nashicon. This is my second year attending, but one of my first ever events using my new Polaroid SLR 680. At the same time that I'm starting to get comfortable taking cosplay photos, trying to capture people embodying their favorite characters, I'm also trying to get a feel for how Impossible Project film works in this new camera. I've been shooting with a Polaroid SX-70 for 4 years, so there has been a lot of trial and error as I adjust.

While I've watched a good deal of anime in my lifetime, it's always a humbling experience to go to an anime convention and not be able to recognize half of the costumes I see. Japanese anime and manga has such an overwhelming variety of options for your viewing/reading pleasure that you will never have time for it all. There is always something for everyone though, and you get to observe everyone's unique tastes and find something new to enjoy yourself when you attend these events.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Viet Thi Nguyen - 5 things I love about Film

22-year-old French photographer Viet Thi Nguyen has been shooting on film for 6 years now and has never stopped this passion.

Viet was featured on Shooting Film once last year. She has a lot of to keep her love for shooting film and here are 5 main things she would like to share with us.

1. Analogue cameras are beautiful manufactured objects. They were made with metal cases and these distinctive designs that make them look infinitely more stylish to me than your average DSLR.

2. I've always found fascinating that they are able to function mechanically without the need for electrical power. It removes the need to think about charging your batteries, which is great when you're travelling to remote places.

3. As a kid who grew up in the 90s, I witnessed the transition from analogue to the digital age. Film photography is also a reminiscence of my childhood, when it was commonplace to bring your rolls to the lab. There's definitely a nostalgic aspect to it.

4. You can't go wrong and go too far in post-processing with film. Better is the enemy of good,  and many digital photographers fall into the trap of overediting their stuff. Pressing the shutter seals the deal in analogue, and anyway colours and lighting rarely need fixing on film...

5. Nowadays people snap pictures, see them and directly upload them, everything is almost instant. It can take me several months to finish one roll of film, and it is perfectly OK with me. It is a reminder that some things take time; but the wait is worth it since rediscovering moments your forgot about is another great benefit of shooting film.

See more of her work at her photostream on Flickr.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Danny Nguyen - First Roll of Film Ever

Danny Nguyen is a French self-taught photographer who is living in Bayonne, a town in the Basque Country. He has been shooting with both film and digital, but always has a special love for film.

Danny is also known as VanDan. He shoots mainly street with black and white film mostly. And here are some works from his first roll of film ever.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jamelle Bouie - 5 things I love about Film

Washington D.C-based political analyst, and photographer Jamelle Bouie has been shooting on both film and digital, but mostly with film since last year, and had his work featuring on our website last month.

Jamelle has a lot of reasons to keep his passion on shooting film and he's now coming back to share with us his main 5 things.

1. Film rewards patience. I'm young, and grew up with digital photography, which rewards speed and quantity. Take as many photos as you'd like, it doesn't matter because each photo, in a sense, is "free." Film has slowed me down as a photographer. Forced me to take each shot more seriously because, once the roll is finished, that's it.

2. Film is a great teacher. For myself, at least, learning photography is as much about understanding your equipment as it is framing and composing a photo. Using older cameras—even cameras without built-in light meters—has really helped me understand exactly what I'm doing in a technical sense with my photos, which in turn, helps me be more creative.

3. Film loves imperfections. If I have a blurry digital photo, I get rid of it. But with film, I pause. For whatever reason, I can live with the inevitable imperfections. They have character too.

4. Medium format is incredible. I don't know what else to add here? I didn't even realize medium format was a thing before I started shooting film, and now I'm in love with it and the detail you can achieve. My portraits with medium format are some of my favorite photos, even if they aren't especially good.

5. Film is fun! All photography is fun, but the technical challenge of film combined with the anticipation of waiting combined with the wide availability of incredible cameras and gear makes it especially fun. I've had a blast shooting film, and I don't plan to stop anytime soon.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Stunning Black and White Film Photography by Sara G. Amo

Sara G. Amo is a 24-year-old Spanish photographer who is living in Barcelona. “I've been interested in photography since I was a kid, but it wasn't until two years ago that I became serious about it and started to shoot from a much more inner viewpoint, trying to find my own identity, my own way as a photographer.”

Sara, also known as Dismal Mist, used both film and digital, but now shoots on film only. “When I shoot with digital, I feel that something is missing. Everything is so fast, so immediate, so cold... I love the slowness of film, it makes you think, it makes you concentrate in the picture that you're about to take. For me, photography is a form of expression, and my greatest passion.”

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