Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wonderful Nature Black and White Medium Format Photography by Paul Cooklin

In our digital world of 'instant everything' which is mostly mass produced, Paul Cooklin is drawn to analogue film and traditional darkroom printing. His preference for film over digital also derives from the nostalgic and timeless 'look' of black and white film, with it's tonal qualities and grain. He is also drawn to the rules of the negative and the traditional printing methods which he finds more rewarding due to the hands-on approach needed to make an individual silver gelatin print.

Cooklin's body of work consists of an eclectic collection of prints, spanning various photographic genres which have featured in numerous publications, including TIME magazine, and are represented by fine art publishers and galleries worldwide including the British Contemporary Art Association.













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Monday, April 20, 2015

Me and My Large Format Camera

Large format refers to any imaging format of 4x5 inches or larger. Its main advantage is high resolution of photographs. Not many photographers have conditions to own one, but we are sure that they all want to try shooting with it at least once in their lives.

three things... by original_ann

hello mr Graphic by DoveVadar

4x5 Reflected Self-Portrait by Nikonrobin

Untitled by Jonathan Hillhouse

new toy by misu_1975

Cameraboy by Le Prussiate Rouge

i am camera by 1969lucy

Untitled by Dani Irwan

Self Portrait by Jeff Altman

[ Autoportrait - Large Format ] by FrancoisConstant

sunday's mirror-self by Stefan Lux

Cutting Corners by Casey Broadwater Photography

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Buenaventura Marco - 5 things I love about Film

Buenaventura Marco, a 32-year-old Spanish photographer from Valencia, who has been shooting film for 6 years with a variety of different film cameras.

Buenaventura who has just been featured on Shooting Film is also working at a film lab. There are many reasons that make him still love shooting film and here are 5 main ones he would like to share with us.

1. Film is real. Literally, in the sense that it's a physical negative instead of 1s and 0s generated by a sensor that go into a flash card. There's just something really appealing to me about the greatness involved in actually "stamping" an image on to a negative.
Also film is classy and looks authentic. Somehow everybody loves film. Even when people don't know it's film they're like "hmm there's something about the light on this image". The authenticity that emanates from its colours (and of course), a black and white film photo is almost universal in my opinion.



2. Film offers a huge array of cameras that each of them with their own personality and format waiting for someone to identify with them. Let's think about it, it's pretty crazy to be able to buy a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens starting at 200€ that was built for 50 years ago, still works perfectly, probably will last past our own life and when scanned has more definition than most full frame DSLR… That's special!



3. Film's colour rendition. "3-dimensional depth" and perfect skin tones to me are ages ahead of digital still. I work at a film lab, and I'm really picky about colour, and believe me: I just can't stand digital red and specially digital green.



4. Film forces every frame you shoot to be taken seriously. I've shot film since the beginning, but I know that this attitude is hard to get when you're shooting digital. It's not a matter of money. Actually it gets me down that people say "film helps you slow down because every frame costs money". I can't be thinking about money while I'm looking through a viewfinder! For me this "slowness/solemnity" is related to reason #1, where you know the negative is actually being exposed forever with that 1/250th of a second, and you probably only have 16 shots before you change rolls, so better make it worth!



5. Film has a huge latitude. The dynamic range of the newer films like Portra 400 is unheard of in digital. Have you ever seen a blown highlight on film? Me neither. On the under-exposure side I'd say you have 2 to 3 steps latitude, and on the over-exposure side the latitude is crazy. On a film as Fuji 400H I've tried 6 steps over-exposed and still got spectacular results with all sorts of highlight details. Remember that blue sky and detailed clouds while still have amazing skin tones on subjects? That's just one of the many reason I love film.



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Beautiful Portrait Film Photography by Julia Feige

Julia Feige is a 22-year-old German freelance artist, based-in Berlin. She has worked as a model for several photographers, and while studying Medicine, developed a passion for photography herself.

Julia works both film and digital, but mostly film photography. She shoots mainly portrait with always emotional expression on models' faces. Recently, she has also begun developing her own script writing.











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Sunday, April 19, 2015

15 Wonderful Street Analogue Pictures of Old Havana that Can Make You Want to Go there Immediately

Old Havana is the city-center (downtown) and one of the 15 municipalities (or boroughs) forming Havana, Cuba, it has the second highest population density in the city and contains the core of the original city of Havana. The positions of the original Havana city walls are the modern boundaries of Old Havana.

Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place we should visit in our life journey. Wonderful analogue pictures of Old Havana's street below will tell us why we should come there at least in our life.

el malecon by elnuego

havana 2009 by sele3en

Havana by RoryO'Bryen

Untitled by andre dos santos

Colors of Havana by Anton Novoselov

a baseball nation by fuzuki2

Havana by So aMUSEd

malecon by tastes like doggerel

000010580025 by brian_mcqueen

Untitled by Julian Reid

Taxi by * Daniel *

Habana by Vitaly_S

Untitled by yedman

Havana Plymouth 1998 by Karl Zimmerman

Parc Centrale, Agramonte Zulueta by BazzaStraße

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