Review: Kodak Ektar 100 (35mm and 120; Various Formats)

For a really long time, if you wanted very vivid colors in your film photos you needed to go to a slide film–but when Kodak introduced Kodak Ektar 100 things changed. Photographers were able to get punchy, vibrant, saturated colors with the ease of use that negative film provides. To this day, Kodak Ektar 100 is used to a variety of applications with one of the most common ones being landscapes. However it is also in use for portraiture as its low ISO value allows for incredibly sharp photos.

And for many lovers of digital cameras, this may also be one of your favorite Kodak film emulsions.

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The Best Lenses for the Fujifilm X Pro 2 and the Fujifilm X-T2

Photographers who use the Fujifilm X series system professionally (or are interested in doing so) will be amazed to know there are a number of fantastic lenses available to use for the system. Of course, despite the fact that the company’s system hasn’t been around for as long a period of time as some others, they’ve been able to do quite a bit in a short amount of time. The Fujifilm X series system has a lens for nearly every single type of photographer–and the system is just going to continue to grow.

We peered into our Reviews index to find some of the best gems.

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Zak van Biljon’s Dreamy Landscapes Using Kodak Aerochrome

All images by Zak van Biljon. Used with permission.

You wouldn’t necessarily believe it, but photographer Zak van Biljon got bit by the photo bug after using a disposable camera. From the work he produces, you’d think he dove right into medium and large format from the start; but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He hails from South African, and calls Red Turf his homeland–at least you can tell this from his images shot with Kodak Aerochrome. In 2003 he graduated as best student at the National College of Photography.

In 2004 he left the country and emigrated to Europe. It was in Rome where he discovered another sunlight, and in London where he scored himself on top of booking lists for prestigious underground labels. He continued his career as a part-time commercial photographer in Zurich, Switzerland, exerting his mastery in his fine art projects.

His work ranges from digital to analog, with skills in contemporary advertising and modern art photography. His main focus is the directorial handling of light as shown in his recent art work, capturing the world in infrared. The world seen in red and pink colours provides a new and impressive insight to reality as we know it.

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Understanding the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Medium Format Mentality

It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.

In fact, you may honestly want to stick with 35mm, APS-C, or even Four Thirds.

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Tutorial: Zone Focusing With Super Wide Angle Lenses

One of the biggest strengths of manual focus lenses and the reason why so many photographers love using them has to do with a process called zone focusing–and Zeiss Milvus lenses like the 18mm f2.8 and 15mm f2.8 lens themselves well to this. For years the methods around zone focusing are what has allowed many photographers to outdo the fastest focusing autofocus cameras and lenses. Street photographers, landscape photographers, and many others have used the technique to ensure that they get sharp photos. When film photography was king, lots of photographers did this to ensure they got “the shot.” Digital photography and its inherent nature requires photographers to get even sharper photos.

When you’re shooting landscapes and architecture, you really want the best you can get. With manual focus lenses, sometimes the best thing to do is to use zone focusing.

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Nils Karlson: On Glaucoma and Shooting with Film

All images by Nils Karlson. Used with permission.

Photographer Nils Karlson is a 41 year old creative living in Germany. “I started photography in my late 30’s, almost a decade after I got a glaucoma diagnosis, which affects my eyesight – my right eye is useless for photography, so I adapted and became left-eyed.” His journey started with messing around with digital photography then moved to 35mm slide film. Eventually, he got into the square format with 120 film–and those are part of his series, “Earth Stands Still.”

Despite the odds being against him, he’s done a fantastic job.

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Review: MacPhun Aurora HDR 2017

Last year, MacPhun teamed up with Trey Ratcliff to create an HDR program for the Mac called Aurora HDR. Back then, it was a pretty good program; and with today’s announcement of Aurora HDR 2017 you get even more editing power overall. Aurora HDR 2017 features lots of new improvements like a polarizing filter, tone mapping, and a sleeker interface. Many experienced photographers will feel right at home here; and many HDR photographers that are careful with their in-camera shootings will be very pleased with what’s possible here.

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Massimo Lupidi’s Landscape Images Are About Feelings

All images by Massimo Lupidi. Used with permission.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling,” explains Massimo Lupidi in an email to the Phoblographer. “It’s my way of capturing what I see so I can relive those moments, those sensations and feelings again and again.” Massimo is an Ialian self-taught, freelance photographer with a background in travel reportage and scenics too, but he shoots other categories as well such as aerials, environment, creative photography, and people. With over twenty years of photography experience, he has been awarded in the United Nations “Focus on Your World” during the Earth Summit in 1992 and he has shot production stills for award-winning competitions, several exhibitions, covers for magazines, brochures, and books.

He attributes part of his creative vision (especially with landscapes) to attention to details.

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