Has Digital Technology Ruined Street Photography?


This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with exclusive permission from Horatio Tan.

This is not going to be a popular opinion. However, in the course of starting a discussion, sometimes it is helpful to speak from a dissenting position. I want to talk about street photography.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love street photography. In fact, I have been known to do it myself. However, there is something about street photography that just isn’t sitting right with me. It has to do with what street photography has become, as a result of digital technology.

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Film’s Comeback Inspires New Darkroom At Deakin University

Image via Deakin University

It is not every day that you hear about new darkroom facilities being built at Universities (or anywhere else), in fact it is quite the opposite, with many being shut down for lack of use or poor conditions. But that may start to change, or at least it is at Deakin University where Film’s recent comeback (of sorts) has inspired the construction of brand-new darkroom facilities for their photography students.  Continue reading…

PhotoMemo Effectively Organizes Your Film Exposures Data Logging With Style


For film shooters, the only way to keep a record of the technical data of your film exposures is to manually write it down onto a notepad–which is what photographers have been doing for a really long time. And for those of you who like to keep it analog, PhotoMemo is a photographer’s memo book that claims to be versatile and easy to use to keep organized notes of your film exposure logs.

PhotoMemo works for any format of film you use–from the smallest formats, all the way up to sheet film and instant film. You can take general notes on each roll, or you can log data for each exposure. Each two-page spread is designed as a “roll journal,” which has space to notate data such as camera/lens choice, film type, and more. It also offers ample area for free notes, sketches, lists, and anything else. Continue reading…

Chris and Carolina Schmid To Spend The Next Two Years Filming The African Survivors


Award-winning photographers and conservationists Chris and Carolina Schmid decided to undertake a challenging film project that spans two years, travelling across Africa to capture on film the story of wildlife struggling to survive in the African territories.  This ambitious documentary film which is planned to be released in 2017 is called, “The African Survivors.”

In our correspondence with Chris recently, he shared with us his vision and planning on his upcoming two years shooting journey that takes him and his wife, Carolina, into the African wilderness. Driven by the love for story telling and passion for conservation, Chris and Carolina have launched their own film production company called Eyemage Films, dedicated to creating the highest quality of wildlife documentaries. The aim was to highlight issues around conservation and protection of wildlife through engaging educational content. Continue reading…

Vintage Camera Review: Nikon N2020


One day last year, my uncle gave me a gift that rekindled my interest in 35mm film photography–the Nikon N2020. My delight to hear him say, “It has a motor focus,” was followed by a chuckle of appreciation. Ever since I was a young boy, he knew how much I loved playing with new toys and this wasn’t really any sort of exception. The Hexar AF is the camera that turned that kindle into a raging, fiery passion; but the N2020 has quite a bit going for it that makes it wonderful in some ways. Quirky, fun, reliable, and compact–I can tell why so many people genuinely loved this camera.

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Xpert Advice: Less is More – Using Color Effectively in Portraits


If you look at the work of some of the master portrait photographers, you’ll notice that much of their work tries to keep the use of color very minimal. Why? Portraiture is a type of photography that involves putting an emphasis on a person or thing and when the colors in the scene are very complicated, the scene can be distracting to the viewer. In fact, specific films were developed to create better skin tones and colors for portraiture. Some of the best from Fujifilm were Astia and Fujifilm Pro400H.

So how do you make that happen in-camera?

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Tutorial: How to Create Film-like Images in Your Digital Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X Pro 2 more image samples (18 of 26)ISO 128001-125 sec at f - 1.4

Just shoot film–that’s the first thing that we’re going to tell you when it comes to shooting images that look and feel more film-like; but we also know that not everyone lives by a film development lab. However, there are characteristics of film that can be mimicked in-camera and without the use of (though very good) preset emulsion sets. Some of this has to do with realizing exactly what film does.

If you’re looking to get that look right out of camera, here’s how.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Film Have Weird Colors at Night?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX with Kodak Portra 400 (4 of 11)

Very recently, we were asked about how to use film at night time. The reason: during the day a standard roll of color film will come out looking very nice and true to life. But at night, you don’t get quite the same results. So why gives? If you’re a digital photographer that later picked up film (the same way many of us did) then it’s easy for you to get super confused and possibly not even think about what’s going on here.

But in truth, it has everything to do with the white balance that you’d easily adjust in digital post production.

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