Hacking a Bronica ETRS to Shoot Fujifilm Instax Film

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All images by Brock Saddler. Used with permission.

“It’s really wonderful.” says photographer Brock Saddler about the image quality involved with his recent hacking of an Instax Mini back with his Bronica ETRS. “The sharpness and depth of field produced by real lenses on the stock is amazing and the ability to have shutter and aperture control from the body is another win.” Brock isn’t much of a person to talk about himself, and so he told us to make something up!

Photographer Brock Saddler started slaying dragons at the wee age of four years old. He continued to do this until one day his father gave him a camera. “With this tool, you will capture the hearts of everyone in the land!” he said to Brock.

And that’s how Brock didn’t really get into photography.

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Give Film a Shot!

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This is a syndicated blog post. All images and text by Emanuele Faja. Used with permission.

We are in the 21st century. The world has gone digital. It has changed the way we communicate, watch movies, listen to music and take photos. Nowadays you can take a photo on your mobile phone and it will already be on your home computer when you get home. Everything is synced in the cloud and computers are getting smaller and more portable. We used to talk about kilobytes and megabytes we now talk gigabytes and terabytes. Computing power keeps doubling every 18 months and the forward march of technology is seemingly unstoppable.

Who would dream of using a camera that doesn’t require batteries to operate?

The answer is: A surprising number of people.
The real question of course, is why? That’s what I will be discussing in this post.

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Black and White JPEGs: The New Cool Camera Feature?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus  (3 of 4)ISO 2001-20 sec at f - 2.8

“Always shoot in RAW” is quite a good statement to live by; but with the incredibly beautiful black and white image renderings that more modern cameras can offer, it’s easy for even the toughest reviewers to be perfectly okay with the JPEG renderings of some newer cameras. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just shoot in JPEG necessarily, but considering the amount of really good black and white work currently out on the internet, it’s really tough to sit back and say that you’re going to go about willingly spending more time editing when you don’t necessarily have to.

To that end, who cares what you shoot if you’ve got a damned good photo?

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Cheap Photo: Big Fuji X-T1 Savings

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 35mm f2 WR vs Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 Comparison post images (1 of 5)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Welcome to the new Cheap Photo, the Phoblographer’s daily deal report keeping you up to date on all of the latest deals and savings you should know about. Today we have some great deals to highlight, but before I get into that, I wanted to remind you that you can always find some of the best deals that Amazon has to offer by checking out this page. It’s updated daily and can save you some major money.

Not everyone wants to dig for deals all day, though, which is why you have me. Now let’s get onto today’s highlight deals…

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You Don’t Need the Golden Hour to Make The Best Photos

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cinestill 800T sample photos (29 of 31)

For many years, photographers and instructors have always said that you need to go shoot during the golden hour. Lots of photographers still do whether it be street photography, portraits, landscapes, etc. The Golden Hour does something that can give your images a natural sunkissed look to them that yes, I’ll admit is beautiful when done just right.

But in all truthfulness, no one NEEDS the Golden Hour. Modern cameras, lenses and image editing software these days have such good technology that a great photo can be taken at any time.

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