Here’s How Five Different Film Scanning Techniques Compare

There’s actually more than one way to do film scanning at home so it’s worth comparing all the techniques and see which best gets the job done.

If you develop your own film at home, you might as well be doing your own film scanning with a flatbed scanner. It’s a crucial part of every film photographer’s workflow so it’s important to know how to do it properly. If you’re yet to figure that out, here’s a helpful video comparing different film scanning techniques and which one works best.

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Marit Beer’s Black and White Analog Photography is Bound to Enthrall You (NSFW)

This is a syndicated blog post from the latest issue of Analog Magazine. This collectible coffee table book showcases many of the best new analog photographers out there, and we strongly recommend you pick one up. The text was originally published by Analog magazine. Issue #6. 2018 II, and is being reproduced with the permission of the author. All images © Marit Beer

Hello Marit, thank you for this interview. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

I live in Berlin, but my roots are in a woody and legendary region of Germany, surrounded by a devil’s wall, witches dancing in the mountains and a town that was very old and damaged when I was a child. I studied archaeology, art history and heritage conservation. Currently I am working as a freelance photo editor.

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This Rollei 35 Classic Titanium Will Set You Back $2,600

How about adding some bling to your camera collection with this über fancy Rollei 35 Classic Titanium?

The adage “big things come in small packages” definitely rings true with the Rollei 35 Classic Titanium. This pocket-sized wonder not only delivers clear and sharp photos that rival some of its regular-sized counterparts, but it also comes in a sleek, titanium-plated body, too.

According to RolleiClub, Rollei Germany produced only 6,480 Rollei 35 Classic Titanium units between October 1990 and the end of 1996. Each one was said to have come “in a silver box with gray lens cap, gray real leather case with black piping, gold plated hand strap and multilingual manual” and was priced at around $1,400 back in 1996.

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RNI Films for iPhone Now Supports RAW Format

Got RNI Films on your iPhone? You can now make RAW file edits on the go with the app’s latest update.

Great news for all photographers using RNI Films on their iPhones! Really Nice Images (RNI) has recently introduced support for RAW formats in the latest version of the app. Whether you’d like to give your RAW images a quick analog look or are curious about trying out this film-inspired photo editing app, this update should give you more options to do so on your iPhone.

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Grab This Extremely Rare Black Paint Leica MP + Leicavit MP Combo for $237,500

If you have some space in your vintage camera collection for yet another rare Leica, you might want to ready your wallet and check this out.

Here’s another for all you Leica collectors out there with deep pockets to match. Our latest vintage find is an original 1957 black paint Leica MP body with a matching Leicavit MP fast winder. If this is something that tickles your fancy, be prepared to shell out a whopping $237,500 for it!

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Exploring the Mysterious and Graceful Visual Stories of Laura Makabresku

All images by Laura Makabresku. Used with permission.

I’ve always believed that more than looking technically outstanding and visually impressive, photographs should be able to make the viewers feel. This often best applies to portrait photography, but is also at the heart of much conceptual photography out there. Case in point is the poignant work of Poland-based Laura Makabresku, who I believe creates some of the most beautifully emotive and unique photos today. Armed with visual narratives that are both mysterious and graceful, she appeals to our innermost emotions, which she describes as “opposites that build tensions within ourselves, which spark our creativity and vitality.”

In the insightful interview below, she shares a little secret about herself, the motivations behind her work, and how she lets the stories and ideas percolate in her head until the moment is right to translate them into photos.

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Cheap Photo: Looking for Some Quality Sigma Glass? Check Out Their Black Friday and Holiday Deals!

If you have been wanting to buy some new Sigma lenses, you’re going to love these deals!

Sigma has been making quality lenses for a long time, and now the giant lens maker has put all of their lenses on sale just in time for the holidays. There are some truly excellent deals to be had on some of the best glass in the business, like the Sigma 35mm f1.4 for $799, and the 135mm f1.8 which has a discount of $250! Sony users can also save $100 on the MC-11 adapter which allows the use of Canon EF Mount lenses on Sony cameras. It’s on sale with an accessory bundle for just $149!

All of the deals on these Sigma lenses last from November 15th through November 29th. Don’t miss out on these amazing deals. Not sure which lenses to buy? You should check out our Sigma Prime Lens Guide to help you to understand the lenses and help you decide. The deals below are split up into sections for Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Check out all of the incredible Sigma lenses that are on sale below.

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Stevie Iseral Uses Natural Light to Capture Her Subjects’ Natural Beauty

All images and text by Stevie Iseral. Used with permission. In a precious version of this article we called Stevie a man. She is a woman, and we apologize for this error.

My name is Stevie Iseral and I began taking photos at the age of fifteen. The moment I picked up my first camera, I immediately fell in love. Throughout my years of taking photos, I have tried to develop my own personal style. Being from Louisiana, there aren’t many modeling agencies available. This pushed me to challenge my skills and photograph my friends and family. I like to describe my work as dreamy, delicate, and colorful. My main goal in photography is to capture an individual’s natural beauty and help them see why they are so special. Everyone is so different, and I think it is amazing that we can capture that in a photo.

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Sony Announces Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Contest Winners

The five participants of Sony’s Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program have already been chosen.

Sony Electronics Inc. recently announced the winners of its Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program Contest, which is part of its “Be Alpha” campaign flagship initiatives. Out of over 6,000 entrants, the five winners were chosen to receive funding, mentorship, Sony digital imaging products, and other perks.

The Alpha Female initiative is Sony’s answer to the imaging industry’s well-known gender gap challenges, with the goal of providing exclusive opportunities for women photographers to get ahead in their careers. To empower these talented women, Sony will award them with a six-month grant of $25,000 in funds, $5,000 in Sony digital imaging product allowance, a one-on-one mentorship with a high-profile Sony Artisan of Imagery, and many other prizes.

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Cheap Photo: Grab the New Mirrorless Canon EOS R for Just $1,979.99 + Huge Savings on Lenses and Presets

Tis the season for camera deals and photography sales galore! 

If you have been waiting for the sales to hit before splashing cash out on some new gear, now is the time to get your wallet out. We have found some truly amazing camera deals including the Canon EOS R that you can grab for just $1979.99 which will save you $319 (Limited Time Deal)! There are also sales on the Nikon Z6 and Z7 where you can save $100 when you buy either camera with the FTZ lens adapter! Looking for some presets? Get over 16,000 Lightroom presets for an incredibly low $39 thanks to a buy one get two free deal! If you’re looking for guides, tutorials and accessories to help you grow as a photographer we have you covered there too.

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Thibaud Poirier Depicts Hong Kong as a Shrine to Modern Architecture

All images by Thibaud Poirier. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Hong Kong is a favorite of many photographers for its multi-faceted character as a city, especially when it comes to its culture and architecture. Just one of the countless photographic odes to the city is the cleverly-titled Residensity, a most recent work by Paris-based Thibaud Poirier that shows just how populous Hong Kong is.

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Review: WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel (It Hauls a Ton of Stuff)

The WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel holds a ton of stuff for photographers on the go.

There are lots of options on the market when it comes to hauling our photography gear around. Small messenger bags are great if I’m just getting around town and traveling light with only a single camera body paired with a lens or two. If I need to bring more gear with me, like a laptop, a few more lenses, possibly a strobe or two, and maybe even a tripod, then I’ll usually default to a camera backpack. If I’m heading to a commercial job and have to bring my own gear rather than having a rental house send all the gear I’ll need over to the studio or location (which can sometimes happen due to budgetary restriction), then my go-to setup is usually a Pelican case or two, depending on the amount of gear I’ll need. Storage space is at a premium if I have to travel anywhere that involves flying, but my camera gear always comes onto the flight with me in a camera backpack while everything else goes into a weekend bag or a suit case, depending on the length of the trip. To say that a duffel is the last thing on my mind when it comes to transporting my gear is an understatement. I don’t know about you, but the idea of my cameras and lenses tossing around and bumping into each other inside a duffel is enough to give me nightmares. The WANDRD HEXAD Access Duffel promises to change all that, with 45 liters worth of capacity to hold plenty of photography equipment with room to spare for a weekend’s worth of clothes.

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It Takes Just Five Minutes to Make This DIY Diffuser for Macro Photography

This quick tutorial is perfect if you don’t have a diffuser on hand but want to get on with your macro shoot.

Diffusers are among the things that should never go missing in every photographer’s toolkit. If you’re just starting out, it’s understandable if you don’t have one yet. There are lots of choices out there, and it can also depend on what flash you’re using. But you certainly can shoot with one right now, if you realize that you’re in dire need of one. All you need are some everyday office materials to put together a basic DIY diffuser that works.

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned Through Film Photography

All images by Julien Matabuena.

Let me begin by saying that this is by no means a discussion on which between digital or film photography is more superior; rather, this is an ode to my favorite medium. Like many people my age – I just turned 30, in case you’re wondering – my first brush with taking pictures was when I was a kid through my family’s resident point-and-shoot camera. But it wouldn’t be until college when I’d get my first proper cameras: a hand-me-down Minolta α-7700i SLR and a Sony DSLR (unfortunately, I no longer remember what model it was).

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New Drobo 8D Includes Thunderbolt 3 and Intelligent Volume Management

Drobo 8D is The First Product From Drobo Since Its Acquisition by StorCentric

During a behind closed doors meeting earlier this year at PhotoPlus Expo, we got to sit down with Drobo’s Chief Technology Officer Rod Harrison to learn about the brand new Drobo 8D Direct Attached Storage (DAS) that the company just officially announced today. Designed with creative professionals in mind, the Drobo 8D DAS is a very easy to operate, nearly plug and play Direct Attached Storage device that features impressive performance while ensuring ease of use for creatives that may not have a background in managing enterprise level storage devices. The 8D is also the first Drobo product to have Intelligent Volume Management built in, supporting a maximum volume size of 128TB, and is also the first 8 Bay Drobo device to include an SSD Accelerator Bay for Hot Data Caching. The Drobo 8D is the first new product from the company after it was acquired by StorCentric, and reflects the parent company’s commitment to building world-class customer-centric storage products. We look forward to reviewing the Drobo 8D as soon as review units are available. Full press release after the jump.

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Cheap Photo: Save $100 When You Buy the Nikon Z6 and Z7 FTZ Lens Adapter Bundles

If you’re thinking about buying a new Nikon Mirrorless camera, this deal is for you.

The Nikon Z7 and the Nikon Z6 are making waves in the Mirrorless camera world, and with the Z6 about to hit the shelves on November 16th, Nikon have put together some bundles that will make the switch easier for you and for your wallet. With this deal you can save $100 on the FTZ mount adapter when you buy the Nikon Z6 or Z7.

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Three of Our Favorite Pocket Friendly Compact Cameras That Pack a Mighty Punch

Compact cameras pack a ton of features into small bodies which makes them perfect for those who need, or like to travel light.

If you like to travel light, or just prefer to use cameras that are small enough to fit in your coat or pant pockets, compact cameras are for you. These little powerhouses are lightweight, easy to use, offer great image quality, and are packed to the rafters with features and tech. Don’t be fooled though. While they might be small in size, compact cameras have big personalities, and punch well above their weight. They pack as much power as their larger brothers and sisters do, yet they are small enough for you to be able to roam the streets to get incredible candid street shots, and are tough enough to be thrown in your vacation bag.

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DxO Releases Updated Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1

The latest update to the Nik Collection by DxO plugin suite offers improved stability and compatibility with the latest operating systems and Adobe host apps.

Today, DxO has released the Nik Collection by DxO 2018 v1.1, the company’s second update to the creative plugin suite. This version now offers full compatibility with macOS Mojave and the 2019 versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC, and Photoshop Elements. Certain interface and compatibility issues with other host applications have also been corrected in this new update.

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Lume Cube AIR is a New Versatile and Portable Lighting for Content Creators

The new and improved Lume Cube AIR promises to be an all-in-one, portable, and on-the-go light for all your shooting needs.

Content creators looking for versatile lighting that they can take anywhere may want to check out the all-new Lume Cube AIR. This improved version of the original Lume Cube promises to be a reliable, all-in-one light in the smallest and lightest package for shooting better photos and videos with either a smartphone or professional DSLR camera. If you’re doing a lot of projects on the go, this may be another useful and affordable tool for your lighting needs.

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How Hong Kong’s Fading Neon Lights May Change the Way Photographers Capture the City

With Hong Kong’s iconic neon signs steadily disappearing in recent years, the city’s nightscapes have started to take on a different glow. Here’s what it could mean for photographers who are keen on documenting what’s left of it. 

Every city has its own landmarks and icons. For Hong Kong, among these are its neon lights. They don’t only light up the city’s bustling commercial centers, but have also been inspirational to creatives of various disciplines around the world. The vivid neon glow of the city was instrumental for both the iconic films of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai, and the futuristic imagery of cyberpunk classics like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. It is also constantly explored by photographers of all genres and visual styles, some of which you’ve seen us feature here. But with the steady decline of the artful neon signs, will these creatives — photographers, especially — also change the way they see and capture the city?

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Grab This Rare Leica 35mm Summilux-M F1.4 AA Prototype for $750,000

Missed our amazing vintage finds? Our latest is a rare Summilux lens that will look gorgeous on your Leica M camera– but also put a dent in your wallet.

It’s been a while since we shared some awesome stuff from the depths of ebay, but we’re sure our recent find is worth the wait. Of course, it has to be yet another Leica. This time, it’s a gorgeous and super rare 35mm Summilux-M f1.4 AA prototype lens that will also surely burn a hole through your wallet.

According to the listing by Canada-based ebay seller setadel_studios, this 35mm Summilux-M f1.4 AA is the only prototype still out there today. It comes in chrome instead of the regular black version; while the latter has a lighter anodized body that weighs 340 g, this prototype has a brass body and weighs a little heavier because of it at 400 g. The AA stands for the double hand-ground aspherical lens element. There’s also a concave lens element on both the front and rear element, and it’s reportedly the only Leica lens to have this feature. All these make it a highly collectible lens along with the likes of the 50mm f1.2 Noctilux.

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