A Short Conversation with Florian “Doc” Kaps about Instant Film

Analog photography has made a comeback in big ways–with digital photography making things less personal and more fleeting there’s obviously a need and want for something that’s truly an original. Companies like The Impossible Project, Lomography, and others are doing well. And a new book by Florian “Doc” Kaps called Polaroid looks to give us the history and story of the medium.

Mr. Kaps and his team were adamant about preventing Polaroid’s extinction in 2008 with The Impossible Project, and in this book he collects over 250 Polaroids to tell the story of the medium. From Edwin Land’s development of instant film in the 1940s to its resurgence today, Doc explores Polaroid’s influence on visual culture through found portraits, anthropology, erotica, fashion, and fine art.

And more importantly: the inventor of the Polaroid was actually a woman.

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Setting Your Own Camera Defaults In Lightroom Is Easy As Pie

With as much time we are all spending in front of Lightroom as photographers, I think it is safe to say we are all looking for ways to help processing go faster without sacrificing quality. This is one reason why creating your own presets is so helpful, it allows you to quickly and easily get the look and feel you are going for on a series of images with just a few clicks and tweaks. Continue reading…

The Kingdom: On Black and White Film, and Finding a Home

We recently asked new Staff Contributor James Moreton to discuss his project The Kingdom, how he became interested in photography and why black and white film?

The Kingdom is a project based in the area of Northern Ireland where I now call home. Dalriada was an ancient Gaelic over-kingdom that stretched from the Glens of Antrim right up to Argyll and Lochaber in Scotland – at that time it was easier for people to cross the sea between Ireland and Scotland than to cross the hills over the land. For me personally, this project is a reaction to finally finding a place to call home; when I was 21 I had lived in 21 different places – so I am a bit of a nomad! When I moved here the landscape fascinated and intrigued me and I wanted to try and take a snapshot of my local community. I have a strong creative streak and desire to express myself, usually through photography, and this felt like a decent backbone to a series of pictures.

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Thomas Leuthard Uses the Kodak Ektra for Street Photography

Street Photographer Thomas Leuthard recently collaborated with Kodak on a special video using the Kodak Ektra–the company’s newest smartphone they’re billing as being perfect for the professional photographer. Thomas demos some of the newest features like Smart Auto but also showcases that the phone has modes like manual where the photographer can manually control the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc.

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A Mother and Child’s Perspective Looks to Tell Stories with Disposable Cameras

Photography has a lot to do with the photographer’s control to achieve results which have been planned and visualized beforehand. However, the intimate, beautiful, and priceless moments in life often happen at the most unexpected times, usually without the presence of photographers. Therefore, instead of actively shooting, Tailor Moore decided to let mothers and children tell their own stories by handing them disposable cameras to document a photo series from their perspective.

The idea for the Kickstarter project “A Mother And Child’s Perspective” was conceived when Tailor saw an image (the featured image of this article) taken by her three year old toddler with her smartphone. The photograph struck her as being purely honest and raw about both herself and of motherhood in general. It was a glimpse of what children really see in their parents from their perspective, and that’s how Tailor found the idea for this project. “It’s simple. I’m going to provide an opportunity for mothers and children to tell a story together, their story,” said Tailor.  Continue reading…

ParticleShop Wants to Help Your Composite Images Pop

For retouchers and compositors looking for a set of digital brushes that can transform digital images from great to amazing, Corel Digital Arts’ update to their ParticleShop plugin may be the tool to help them achieve their desired look. The latest update to ParticleShop adds over 100 new, ready-to-use brushes powered by Corel’s Particle Brushes to help transform your images with less effort.

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Creating the Photograph: Trupal Pandya’s “Heads were to us what Money is to you!”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Trupal Pandya is quite the photographer. He’s documented head hunters in Nagaland, and soon plans to go back to continue documenting these people in an attempt to keep a working record of their culture. But he’s also got room to bring other people, and those that wish to go with Trupal can sign up for his workshop at his website.

In this piece, he talks to us about how he shoots some of the subjects.

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