Analog Film Review: Lomography F2/400 Film

Every now and again Lomography comes out with some weird, limited edition film: and the most recent was Lomography f2/400 in 35mm. The film, which allegedly was aged over a number of years in oak wine casks, was a negative film. Surely it’s expired, but as every experienced film photographer will tell you, freezing the film greatly negates the effects of expiration. That’s more or less how Lomography stored it–at least according to reports and their semi-cryptic press release. My favorite film from the company was Sunset Stripe, though f2/400 was perhaps the easiest to use.

I keep saying “was” because the film is now gone.

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Tracy Barbour: On Grief and Grace, a Touching Documentary Project

All images by Tracy Barbour. Used with permission.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tracy Barbour recently at the Lomography NYC store and quickly found that we’ve got a lot in common. She loves film, is a street photographer, lives in Brooklyn, was in the Army, and she’s got a problem with her eyesight that affects the way she creates images. Commonalities aside though, Tracy is a pretty fantastic documentary photographer who, in 2007, joined a media group as a freelance music photographer and photojournalist. She hasn’t looked back since.

Core to Tracy’s work is her love of working with people. And while her brother unfortunately passed, her creative motivations changed from doing studio work to trying to tell stories. Hence, the Grief and Grace Project.

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A Simple Mind Hack to Always Keep You Motivated to Shoot Photos

This post is short, sweet, and to the point: if you want to ever stop being dominated by creative ruts as a photographer the best thing you can possibly do for yourself is to surround yourself in positivity and creative energy. Sounds crazy, right? You could say that, but it’s the truth and every business owner who has weathered being within inches of bankruptcy will tell you exactly that.

So how do photographers surround themselves with positivity?

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The Epson Expression 12000XL Scans Really Large Photo Prints

Today, Epson is announcing their brand new 12000XL large format scanner designed to scan large documents and photo prints. Capable of scanning 12.2 x 17.2 inch images with 2400 x 4800 DPI, you’re bound to be able to either load a bunch of prints onto here or just scan really large photos. There are two versions: the Expression 12000XL-GA designed for professional graphic artists, museums, and forensic labs, and the Expression 12000XL-PH designed for photographers and film preservationists.

Considering our audience, you’re probably going to want to go for the latter–which will result in you shelling out $3,429. The press release is after the jump.

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Understanding the Difference Between Terrible Photos and Something You Just Don’t Like

Most photographers go about trying to become better by starting out with putting their work online. They share via Instagram, 500px, Flickr, Reddit, Facebook Groups, etc. Depending on where you venture into, the levels of toxicity may vary. You could be a portrait photographer posting an image for critique online but actually just be critiqued by a landscape photographer. And for a few seconds, you’ll sit there and read a glaring, sharp tongued remark about your image and how terrible it is. But in all honestly, your image probably isn’t terrible at all–it’s probably just something that person doesn’t like at all.

The first time this happened to me was in college; except that it wasn’t online–it was in a classroom. Photojournalism 101 was the course I was taking and I was assigned to do a project on some sort of important happening in my college. Like many other people that attended that class, my work was ripped apart by the professor. It’s one thing for someone to hide behind some sort of online avatar and spew nothing bit acidic hatred towards your photography, but it’s a whole different thing to get it in real life. For what it’s worth, it’s far more demeaning and disheartening.

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Canon Wants You To Print Your Images On Premium Polished Rag

Canon today announced three new fine art premium photo papers for photographers who want to stand out from the crowd by actually printing their work, rather than having it live out its life digitally.

Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and Premium Polished Rag are papers that Canon is saying have been designed to help photographers not just print their work, but to help their work have that premium ‘artwork’ look and feel. They are also all acid-free and archival quality, so photographers can print with confidence knowing that the prints can withstand the tests of time.

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MEAT: 5 Tips for Better Pictures

This is a guest blog post from Xavier D. Buendia. It and the images here are being syndicated with exclusive permission to the Phoblographer.

In the last couple of days I was exposed to meat in all its forms as I had several different shoots with it as the main subject. From a “simple” Sunday roast at a pub to a review of a Brazilian rodizio restaurant. A t-bone on a barbecue with some friends and a shoot at a steakhouse finishing with another review at a top steak restaurant… all in less than 10 days! These made me come to a conclusion: grilled, braised, slow cooked, or on a barbecue; meat can be a pain in the neck to photograph.

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