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

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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

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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?

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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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Film Washi Is Making Unique Handcrafted 35mm BW Film In France

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Film Washi is a small (they in fact claim to be the smallest film company in the world) company based out of France. Their new handcrafted artisanal black and white film, called Film “W”, is not your average black and white film. Film “W” is probably the most difficult film to use: it is very orthochromatic, has low sensitivity, very high contrast and lots of grain. “It’s an extreme product…” says Lomig Perrotin, the company’s founder.

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Vintage Camera Review: Canon EOS Elan 7

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If you’re a Canon EOS photographer then you’ve probably considered getting a Canon film body to use with your lenses at one point or another–and the Canon EOS Elan 7 was bound to come up in your choices of available cameras. For years, I’ve been using my Elan 7 as a backup body to my 5D Mk II and my 6D. Crazily enough, I’m also not alone–I know a number of photographers that do the same thing. These photographers shoot film at times and photograph subject matter ranging from portraits to campaigns on the American political trail.

If you’re a Canon EOS Lens mount owner, the Elan 7 will make a lot of sense to you.

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Unicorn Dream: Anastasia Egonyan’s Intimate Portrait Process

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All images by Anastasia Egonyan. Used with permission. All words by Anastasia Egonyan for the Phoblographer.

I have always valued analog photography over digital as there is simply no way of getting the same result out of latest technologies as much as I get it from the good old film. Well, at least to satisfy my needs and maintain my photography style that you might have noticed has evolved to a clear and romantic side which is proudly called the “Fine Art Photography”. Yet I try to maintain my own point of view here as well and not merge with the numerous artists that hold the classical label.

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TheSquarelips: One Camera, One Lens, One Model

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All Images By Tomasz Cuncvir. Used with Permission. 

“…our editors always wanted only two things from us: tits and bokeh.” says photographer Tomasz Cuncvir. “My photographs were always heavily photoshopped by retouchers to create this ‘dreamlike’ aura with half naked models and diffused background. And you couldn’t differentiate my photographs from many other ‘dreamlike bokeh boudoir fashion editorials.’ For Tomasz and his model Patrycja Szczepuła, it is still a very fashionable way of presenting things.

We have long been fans of the 365 day photo project as a way to grow, be creative, and discover yourself as a photographer. It’s about giving yourself a set of parameters, working to be creative and create amazing images within those confines. This is exactly what the idea behind TheSquarelips is; one camera, one lens, one model – a 365 day project, going on 730 day by Tomasz and Patrycja. But it’s also striving hard not to give into the trends that make photographers and models “Instafamous.”

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Creating the Photograph: Nathan Hostetter’s “Mirror Mirror”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Photographer Nathan Hostetter usually works with natural lighting and tries to emulate some sort of film look to his images. His photos can be characterized as having some sort of elegance to them while also finding a way to show off the humanity in his subjects. So when Nathan showed us a few of his portraits, we were quite impressed with one he shot of Naomi.

But what you’ll also be amazed by is how simple his lighting is–and that’s what makes the images!

Here’s Nathan’s story!

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