How to Become a Legitimate, World Renowned Street Photographer

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Street photography is pretty much as simple as going out and shooting photos of people in public–but there are the street photographers that do it better than everyone else and then there are those who do a lot of marketing. Indeed, there are terrible photographers with lots of gigs and sales and conversely there are photographers with great work and no gigs or sales. But the world of the Street photographer is different.

It gets even tougher when it comes to street photography for the reasons that your income will mostly rely on licensing and print sales from galleries. So how do you ensure you’ve got the work that counts? Here’s how!

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Kodak Professional Film App Now Helps You Find Development Locations

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Today, Kodak Alaris announced that their Professional Film Photography app is now available for the iPad and Android in addition to the fact that iPhone users are getting new updates to their app.

The app is awesome for the analog shooters amongst us that want to keep supporting the alternative process of taking images compared to the more conventional digital format these days. It includes tech specs on each film, a sample photo, a sun calculator that lets you know when sunset is, a guide to teach you what types of film to use and BW darkroom home development tips and tricks.

More features are after the jump. The Kodak Professional Film app is available for free download right now.

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How to Get into Film Photography on the Cheap

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Film photography isn’t at all dead; in fact it’s evolving. What’s seemingly disappearing in terms of push and effort on behalf of the more traditional brands isn’t exactly so. The younger generation of photographers embrace the format as a way of trying something completely new that they didn’t really get a chance to use growing up. It’s a departure from the digital world that gets caught up in all the technical jargon and can easily blur the idea of art.

Film can also be an incredible learning tool if used correctly and can also give you lots of really cool and experimental uses with the right mentality. But you’re trying to get into film without breaking the bank, then here’s how.

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Ka Wing Falkena: Street Photography with Kodak Tri-X

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All images by Ka Wing Falkena. Used with permission.

Ka Wing Falkena is a Dutch photographer from Amsterdam who got into the art form by befriending a number of professional photographers who did a lot of street photography. “It was a bit scary in the beginning, but when that feeling was gone, I actually felt quite good.” he says in an email to the Phoblographer. “Walking on the street, only having to concentrate on light, composition and the subjects surrounding me, made me really relaxed. When I noticed that, I started doing it more and more.”

He’s been shooting for four years now, and tries to dedicate some time each day to the craft.

Like many of you, Ka Wing is a lover of Kodak Tri-X. But he tends to push his film quite a bit as he finds that it suits his creative vision.

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CineStill Funding Campaign Now Includes Large Format Emulsion

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CineStill has been looking for funding to jumpstart the production of 120 film, but very recently they updated their IndieGoGo campaign to also include large format film. To unlock this perk, CineStill is looking for $150,000 and all the film will be special order. Beyond that, we’ll unlock 50D film in 120.

CineStill, for those of you not in the know, take Kodak motion picture film, remove a layer and repackage it for easy use with 35mm film cameras. The new 120 format version is essentially sticking to the same formula, but with the large format stuff we can’t be exactly sure how they’re doing it. Kodak has had sheet film for a while, but this is quite interesting a case.

At the moment of publishing this story, that means that CineStill is going to essentially need double the funding within six days to get it done.

Imagining the Modern Kodak Instamatic Camera

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All images by Daniel Kim. Used with permission.

Daniel Kim has been an industrial designer for many years now. Born in South Korea, he studied automotive design before flying to SoCal in the Spring of 2012. He grew up with a love for photography and with a fond memory of everything Kodak. The company is part of what inspired his rendition of the modern Instamatic–which I found on Behance.

But what’s even more amazing is how his creative vision blended Kodak’s brand and modern aesthetics.

 

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Film is a Choice of Medium; Not a Hipster Aesthetic

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In 2016, I’d like to think that film finally became a respected format again that lives as its own individual medium. For the most part, that’s true in the artistic end of the photography world–but there are still those that associate it with being hipster, inadequate, and in no way superior to digital. Those beliefs couldn’t be any further from the truth. It’s a tougher medium to master (along with all the other analog mediums): but in today’s day and age there isn’t a single photographer whose entire career (all the way to the end of it) has been founded on and fully digital.

Film, instead, just reminds us of the absolute truth of photography: there are abysmal digital photographers and there are abysmal film photographers. Then there are those who excel no matter what medium they choose.

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Here’s How To Photograph a Scene Without a Light Meter

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Years ago, photographers used to shoot without light meters. The way they did it: they used the Sunny 16 method. With this method, they were simply able to look at a scene, judge the light amount and use math to figure out how they got their exposures.

Kodak’s old boxes showed quick tutorials like the one in the image above for the otherwise unenlightened film shooters. The basic idea is that in very bright, clear sunlight you’ll be shooting at f16 and whatever the reciprocal is of your film’s ISO. So that means that at f16 in said setting, you’ll be shooting at 1/100th if you’ve got ISO 100 film loaded in. The reason why this graph says to shoot at 1/250th is because many cameras back then didn’t shoot at 1/200th. Instead, they shot in full stops.

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