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All images by Kahren Sabater. Used with permission. 

Photographer Kahren Sabater got into photography back in high school. “We had a Photojournalism assignment and I had to borrow a camera because I could not afford one during that time. I was able to buy my very first camera four years later and used it while on vacation in the Philippines. I got a chance to help a friend finish her portfolio for her finals which made me feel that I needed to do more photography.” says Kahren. “I then got into the diploma program at PrairieView School of Photography. Fast forward to now and here I am still shooting and loving every bit of it.”

Kahren finds double exposures interesting–and does lots of them using a Canon Elan 7 and film.
“It also gives me a thrill whenever I get my negs at the lab. I feel like I’m in a different world when I look at the images.” says Kahren.

Every time she shoots, she becomes even more inspired by the uniqueness of each frame.  She expresses a desire to keep shooting because of this.

Her current projects are called Double X–and they were shot in Alberta and NYC. The images are after the jump–and a big inspiration to those of us who try to do double exposures.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xpert Advice Multiple Exposures Made Simple (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Multiple Exposures, otherwise known as Double Exposures, are a creative option that many manufacturers implement into their cameras. These images take two or more photos and stack them on top of one another to create one single photo. It allows for many creative possibilities but they can also be a bit tricky to do.

With some cameras like the Fujifilm XT-1, you’ll be able to switch the drive dial to the multiple exposure mode and quickly get to shooting. When using other cameras like the X Pro 1, you’ll need to enable the setting in the menu.

Creatively speaking, there are two different types of common multiple exposures. The first type is basically inserting many elements into a scene to create a final image that looks very natural. One example would be creating a singe image of your dog side by side through layering one photo of the pup on top of the other with the dog beside itself. There are many possibilities with this method, and some great examples are from photographer Benjamin Von Wong.

The other more well known example of multiple exposure photography has to do with using contrast in images. First, by using your Fujifilm X series camera in manual mode, shoot a silhouette of something. Make sure that there is strong backlighting and the background is as white and clean as can possibly be. When you feel that you’ve created as much contrast as possible, press OK. After this, shoot a pattern of some sort such as leaves, blueberries, leather, or anything else that just looks plain interesting to you. This photo should have ample front lighting. Play with the exposure until you find something that you really like. Sometimes it’s best to just shoot another silhouette. We’ve found the best results to be with both subjects having a white background of some sort.

“Very simply put where dark spaces overlap the resulting part of the image will also be dark, but where light and dark overlap, the light will erase according to its intensity,” photographer Robin Vandenabeele told us in a previous interview. This is why one needs to shoot in manual mode and preferably with spot metering on. Robin continues to say that where light and light overlap it will be light on the resulting double exposure. So in order to visualize the end result you really have to know what makes your image, the light or the dark parts.

Once you’ve got it, press okay to accept and have the camera merge the images. If you’re not happy with your exposure, you can press the back button to start over with the second exposure. This method is used mostly by conceptual photographers to create really cool looks.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

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As we know, the photographic film industry is a whole mix of sales going up and down. Part of this may explain some of the newest information that came out about currently film stocks and availability. According to Photo Rumors, a notice from Fujifilm Japan was recently issued that explains which films will be discontinued while others will be subject of a 20% price increase.

According to the Fujifilm reps here in the USA, no official notice or announcement has been issued from their end. However, one may be coming. Additionally, they pointed out to us that some of the information is old while some of it is new.

Further, it seems like Fujifilm’s photographic film products are most popular amongst the younger generations who fully embrace and love the Instax cameras. Indeed, Instax has seen lots of growth and the company specifically cites steady growth in the past five years along with the wide format becoming more popular with professionals.

Stats from the Google translated version of the page is after the jump.

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Film–it’s something that tugs at the hearts of many a photographer. It has a beautiful nostalgic look to it and one that reminds us in a world that is primarily digital that there are still things that are tangible and one of a kind. So when the Impossible Project updated their black and white film to version 2.0, we joined other photographers in pure excitement. The company promised that the images would fade and turn to sepia much slower–additionally they promised better image quality.

Indeed, when you go for the impossible task of reverse engineering some of the world’s most popular films, you’re going to run into mistakes. For this, it’s excusable as it’s a tough task after all. But it’s also the only black and white instant film available on the market since the discontinuation of Fujifilm 3000-B.

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All images by Chuck Miller. Used with permission.

Chuck Miller is a writer and photographer from Albany, N.Y. that’s been experimenting with film and digital photography for a long time. Some of his award-winning pictures involve cramming two rolls of 35mm film into a medium-format camera and exposing them simultaneously; modifying a camera to recreate the old horse racing “photo finish” exposures; and trying to resurrect Kodachrome color film by shooting pictures with color filters and composing the images from black-and-white sections.

However, he’s also very well versed in the use of Kodak Aerochrome–an infrared film first developed for military recon that essentially took greens in a scene and turned them purple. Other photographers likes Daniel Zvereff have done a great job with the film. Indeed, it was beautiful for artistic reasons until its discontinuation. But Chuck shot some incredible photos with the film, and we had the chance to talk to him about the experience.

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All images by Zachary Antell. Used with permission.

Zack Antell recently designed a super cool method to scanning film images by using LEGOs, his camera, a lens and lighting. He doesn’t call himself a photographer, but he loves to shoot film. But at this time, he doesn’t have a film scanner, so he improvised with what he had.

“I would normally try to be modern and model/3D print this, since I am home from school I thought I would have to wait. I went to my friend’s house and saw his little brother had a massive lego collection, and couldn’t believe I didn’t think of using legos originally.” Zacl tells us. “I had been trying to follow tutorials using cardboard boxes and tape and it was just too frustrating. Plus, legos are so much easier to modify, especially for different film sizes.”

Of course, this requires doing all of this at the right distance and some photoshop work. Zack built the rig to fit his iPhone 6, which when using a white background, yields pretty good results. After manually exposing and focusing his camera and lens combo, he exposes as far to the right as possible as to not clip the highlights, or what will ultimately become the shadows once inverted. Then he hops into Adobe Camera RAW and does adjustments and crops. He even sometimes uses Photoshop’s Auto Tune.

So are there any problems with this method? “I’ve actually been warned that the legos will cast a color reflection, but I don’t think I’ve picked up anything yet. Using black or white legos only may help with that.” says Zack.

Check out how he did it after the jump.

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