Here in the NorthEast of the USA, spring is in the air. With spring comes lots of new opportunities to go out there and take photos of everything around you, but in particular, spring is an excellent time for you to go out there and shoot photos with film. Why shoot film? Because film photography forces you to sit there and get everything perfectly right in the camera before you press the shutter. You’ll make decisions that you never thought of before like how highlights are affecting the scene, how dark the shadows are, and what the colors will look like. It will also force you to do things like spot metering and figuring out the right exposure that you want–not what the camera is telling you.
Here are some great reasons to get out there and shoot film this Spring.
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DxO’s Filmpack has won many awards; rightfully so too. It’s probably the best film rendering product there is out there despite VSCO catching up. To offer even more options to their users, the company announced their Filmpack 4.5 upgrade. The update includes new presets which users might experiment with for the pure fun of them, a tone curve, and a way to adjust frame and light leak settings.
But by far the most important part of the update is the addition of Kodak Ektar 100 and Agfa Scala 200x. Ektar is a film that still has quite a following though it isn’t as valued as Portra.
Filmpack is used by many portrait photographers, wedding photographers and loads more. The interface and renderings lean more towards the technical side of the crowd while VSCO is more for artists that want simple presets. And if you’re a Lightroom user, they recently added in full integration with the program.
You can head over to DxO’s store and check out their discounted prices.
Only shortly after announcing the discontinuance of their entire slide film range, Kodak is in the news again. This time, they are reported to increase the prices of all their remaining photographic films by 15%. According to a Kodak spokesman, this price increase is necessary in order “to remain a sustainable, viable business.”
One can only wonder if, in a time where film sales are ever declining, this is a bright move. In effect, it may keep even more people off of buying film, and may drive those that have been using film towards the far more cost-effective digital medium. In the end, Kodak may yet again be shoveling their own grave (or at least that of one of their products.)
Meanwhile, you can still buy plenty of different Kodak films at B&H Photo, even some of their already discontinued flavors.
What do you think about this?
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Portra 160 35mm
Not long ago, Kodak got in touch with me and wanted me to try out their latest Portra films: 160 and 400 in 35mm. At Photo Plus, I was also given a roll of Ektar to play with. Admittedly, I’ve mainly been a user of Portra 400, Tri-X 400, Fuji Pro 400, and Ilford XP2. However, I decided to give it a shot and reawaken the excitement that comes with not knowing what your image looks like until it comes back from the lab.
A giant thank you goes out to Nathan Blaney for letting me use his Canon 1N for this post. Blaney is a wonderful photographer, and you should take the time to look through his site.
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I love film. The Yashica Electro GSN captured my heart a while back and so did the Leica M7. Thankfully, I was recently loaned a Mamiya 7 II medium format film rangefinder with an 80mm f4 lens. Coincidentally, Kodak also was kind enough to hand me rolls of Tri-X 400 and Ektar 100 recently. Even better: a friend of mine recently got hitched. So how does the Mamiya 7 II perform while shooting handheld in extremely dim situations and with slow film?
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