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Every photographer should attempt to try to shoot film at least once in their life. But when we say attempt, we mean give it a really big effort. For one, they learn to actually interact with a scene more and not necessarily become attached to the pixels that they see on an LCD screen, and further it teaches them more about how exposures work and how to get better pictures faster.

Want to get started in Film Photography? Here’s how.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission

Photographer Lester Cannon hails from the California Bay Area. His job as a Sergeant in the US Army has allowed him to do lots of traveling–and for the past five years he’s been based in Germany. “Portrait and Photojournalism/Street Photography are my what I love the most. I enjoy traveling all over the world and photographing as many beautiful and interesting people I can find.” says Lester.

Lester is a true Renaissance man: he sometimes shoots digital, but has mastered the art of modern film photography like few other photographers have in this digital age. He shoots the photos that we all wish we could get with film.

And as he tells us about his portraits, it’s all in the eyes and the face.

Be sure to follow Lester on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Vimeo.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon PIXMA iP2850 printer review product photos (5 of 10)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

Make a Single Person Cry Day Valentine’s Day isn’t too far away. The photographer in your life (or you) probably wants something new and snazzy. But no one has to make their wallet cry: they just have to be thoughtful.

Here are a bunch of thoughtful gifts for Valentine’s Day.

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So why do you put film in the freezer?

Years before digital, one of the ways that photographers saved money on processing and images was to put film in the freezer. Why? Well in short, it slows down the aging process due to the organic chemical properties that create it. Specifically, the gelatin in film is made from animal skin according to an old Kodak documentary. The gelatin is the main component of the protective layers that otherwise expose film to radiation. By slowing down the aging the film can stay at a more steady target performance and won’t end up looking like something that belongs on Instagram.

We asked B&H Photo’s Henry Posner for more insight. He responded by saying that “I was always told frozen film basically cancels the expiration date but I also recall the first time the woman who is now my wife was in my apartment and opened the freezer to get ice for drinks and found nothing but ice cube trays and stacks of Kodak, Fuji & Ilford boxes. Quite the conversations.”

Lomography Magazine goes even further stating that you should keep it in the canisters, and this applies to only 120, 35mm and other negative films. Positive films, like Polaroid, shouldn’t be frozen according to Rangefinder Forum.

But to see more about how film is made, we found two videos from Kodak that we’re sharing after the jump.

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All images by Pat Brownewell. Used with permission.

Photographer Pat Brownewell usually shoots digitally, but in some cases still shoots with film as an extra bonus for his clients. But we’re not talking about the 35mm variety–oh no, that stuff is child’s play. We’re not even talking medium format. Pat shoots with 4×5 large format film in both color and black and white at weddings.

Why would he do this? Pat tells the Phoblographer that it was partially out of boredom.

We talked to Pat about the expenses and how it made him a better photographer.

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All images by Richard Veil. Used with permission.

There are professional photographers today that have never shot on film and have grown up in the digital age of Photoshop. Many of these photographers rely on computer programs to improve their digital images.

Those of us who grew up in the age of film emulations and darkrooms relied on perfect execution in shooting and faith that there would be images on the film. Imagine shooting a dozen rolls of film and having no idea what the images were going to look like; that’s real anxiety. Cameras and processing equipment could malfunction and leave us with nothing of use.

Today images are instantly available for viewing alleviating a lot of anxiety that either the camera or the processing equipment might malfunction and destroy all or part of a shoot. The closest we could get to a preview of our images were Polaroids that some cameras had adapters for but the actual image on film was a matter of artistic faith.

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