Kate Hook Shows Incredible Skill with Double Exposures on Film

All images by Kate Hook. Used with permission. 

“One big theme for me is ghosts because I have a lot of them, still living and not,” Photographer Kate Hooks explains. Kate is a name you have seen before on The Phoblographer. That’s with good reason as her film photography is some of the most creative and compelling we’ve had the pleasure of sharing with our readers. A lot has changed in Kate’s life since we last spoke to her in 2017, but one thing that has remained is the quality of her work. Back with a fresh batch of double exposures, Kate shares a series of work as eerie as it is pleasant. Intrigued by the theme, we dived deep into her creative world to see how life is going in 2019.

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Kate Hook’s Creative Portraiture with Lomography LomoChrome Purple

All images by Kate Hook. Used with permission.

Photographer Kate Hook was always into film photography–it stems from when she was really young. When she went to college, her friends never understood film and how to use it. But like a number of us millenials, Kate grew up in a world that started out with film, then went digital and is now going back to film. In college, she was the one who had to teach all her colleagues how to use it. Kate went digital for a while and then went back to film with the belief that you don’t need a whole lot of gear to create the best photos; just the right gear for you.

With that in mind, Kate has used the experimental Lomography LomoChrome Purple a few times to create some fantastic portraits. Along with shooting the film, she soups it in lemon juice. This is all part of Kate’s expressive creative process–which has roots partially in the loss of both of her parents.

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Salad Days: The Australian Skater Scene in Black and White

All images and words by James Grundy. Used with permission.

My name is James Grundy, I’m a 28 year old photographer from Australia.

I guess I became a photographer at around the age of 11, when I used to steal my mum and dad’s digital camera and sneak off to document what was happening around me, little social events and misadventures. I was finally gifted my own camera at around 16 which was one of the first Olympus digital waterproof cameras. I think I took around 20,000 photos on that thing before it seized up. From there I moved onto DSLRs starting with a Nikon D200, then a Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100, then a Nikon D7100.

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Film Photography Tutorial: Creating Stunning Galaxy Double Exposures

Whether you’re looking for something experimental to do on film or simply want to give your snaps the stellar treatment, this galaxy double exposures trick is worth a try!

Film photography is especially known for encouraging all sorts of creative experimentation, which eventually popularized techniques like double exposures during the digital age. The often cool results and happy accidents are among the things that encourage today’s generation to shoot film. If you’re yet to try double exposures on film or want to do something different with it, we’re sure this quick galaxy double exposures tutorial by United Kingdom-based Kate Hook is right up your alley.

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Tip: Damage a Disposable Camera to Get a Different Look

Photographer Kate Hook is an experimental, creative, modern analog film photographer who loves experimenting with new ideas and tricks. We’ve featured her work here before when she souped her LomoChrome Purple film; and now she’s back with a video on having fun with a disposable camera. While most photographers would scoff at using one due to their plastic lenses and crappy quality, Kate has the idea of being experimental and embracing it. In fact, she takes it even further.

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5 Amazing Night Photographers and The Cameras They Use

Many folks turn away from opportunities to shoot photography at night. Low light, less footfall, and a perceived increase in danger means lots of photographers prefer to shoot when the sun is up. That’s a shame because the eeriness of the night is the perfect shooting ground for creative photography. Thankfully, there are plenty of photographers ready to brave the night, and we’ve featured many over the years. Join us as we take a look at some of the best.

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We Challenge You to Identify the Fujifilm Negative Film vs Simulation

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The sad truth is that film photography genuinely needs to evolve. Fujifilm and a few other brands have been trying to push that evolution over the years. But digital will always find a way to catch up. Right? Well, that might not be the case. The social media conversations around the film photography world is rife with lies. We’re going to explain this further after the jump. We invite you to check out what we have to say.

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Shooting Photos With Expired Film. What You Need to Know

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If you’re one of the thousands of photographers who are brand new to shooting film, you’re very experimental. Some of you probably want those classic, vintage looks. So you’ll go shoot with expired film. But is it worth it to do so? Will you be wasting time instead? Is it easier to do it digitally? So we’re going to briefly go over expired film in this blog post. And hopefully, we’ll give you some clarity.

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Female on Film: The Best Women Film Photographers (NSFW)

Let’s take a look at some of the best women film photographers we’ve featured over the years.

If you’re a long time reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know about our soft spot for film photography. Although we love the world of digital, there’s something about creating an image on analog that excites us! Thankfully, even in the modern era, there are plenty of women picking up a film camera. The best women film photographers have surely made it to our site.

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I Told Myself I Wouldn’t Buy Another Leica, But I Was Stupid to Say So

Leica cameras are beautiful, but I thought I grew out of them.

Everything I can do with a Leica camera I can do with any other camera. What makes Leicas so special are their lenses and how they work specifically with the sensors in their cameras. I’m referring specifically to the M series. The L mount cameras and the Leica Q series are nice, but with their price points they don’t make a lot of sense for the type of work I do. If I did a lot of photojournalism in war zones, the Leica SL would be a mainstay. I still own my Leica CL film camera, and after selling my Leica M4P I have come to be at peace with letting it go. But, the itch came roaring back. And as a gift to myself for the site turning 10 years old, I bought an old Leica M6 TTL. I’m sure no one would be able to tell what came from my Hexar AF and what came from the Leica M6 unless they really knew the differences of the images straight out of the camera. To that end, I accepted that the Leica M cameras were a luxurious item for me and my film photography–but film in and of itself is really a luxury.

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James Britt’s Inspiring Dedication to Double Exposures

All double exposures by James Britt. Used with permission. 

The Phoblographer has always had a soft spot for alternative methods of photography. We’ve championed many unique methods over the 10 years we’ve been running. That’s why we were super stoked when photographer, James Britt, contacted us about his fantastic double exposures. So much so, that we agreed to feature them on the site! Because if we’re excited by them, we’re confident you will be too – let’s check them out.

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Inspiration: 20 of Our Favorite Women Photographers for 2019

Women photographers rock! In this piece we showcase 20 of the very best.

“Just 20” we thought to ourselves when putting this list of women photographers together. “It’s going to be so hard to not go over that number!.” That’s because we know that the amount of female talent in our industry is almost endless. But we also know our readers have to find the time to eat and sleep too! So, with that in mind, we wanted to make a piece that focused on the best of the best – in our humble (and experienced) opinion. With Women’s History Month being

All the photographers in this article have been featured on The Phoblographer before, hence why we’re extremely confident in their creative capabilities. You’re also encouraged to check out each of their individual features too.

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Verena Kersting Captures an Extra Surreal Iceland Using LomoChrome Purple Film

All LomoChrome Purple images by Verena Kersting. Used with permission.

The LomoChrome Purple film is without a doubt one of the trippiest, most interesting things we can enjoy with today’s film photography resurgence. It has become a film traveler’s staple, especially for locations with lots of greenery for pleasantly surreal keepsakes of their trips. Case in point is this captivating set that Germany-based Verena Kersting took during her trip to Iceland in 2013.

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16 Portrait Photographers With Photos Well Worth Your Admiration

All images in this post are used with permission. Lead photo by C. Stephen Hurst.

Portrait photography is a fine balance between communication, creative vision, mise-en-scene and knowledge on how to produce particular effects in a photo. And over the years, the Phoblographer has interviewed a ton of great portrait photographers. We went back in our archives to showcase their work in his awesome roundup just for you.

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Paul Kessel Found his Love for Street Photography After Turning 70

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“A photograph does not succeed by content alone”, says Paul Kessel, a retired psychologist and professor from New York. “Photography is about vision, persistence, perception, memory, lots of practice, patience, and so many other elements beyond technique”. As someone who made his foray into photography a lot later than most people do, Paul’s street work has garnered various accolades in the USA and globally. His persistence to head out often to capture his next best street photograph won him 1st place at the 2020 Miami Street Photography Festival, among other global accolades.

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How Adam Smith Found Inspiration in the Panasonic FZ-20

My name is Adam Smith. Photography has been part of my life, as it has been for many others growing up. Film cameras came everywhere with us on family outings in our home state of Michigan and other states around the Great Lakes. At this point, photography was a means of keeping a record of memories—not an art form. I became seriously interested in photography in 2009 when I was gifted a Nikon P-90 for Christmas by my wife and mother-in-law. It replaced my Nikon L-4 (I purchased from my older brother) and transformed my view of what is possible with a camera. The Nikon L-4 was limiting. I took the Nikon P-90 everywhere with me. To the store, on walks and hikes, and to the skate park where I enjoyed afternoons on my BMX bike. I took so many pictures with it. The camera inspired confidence. It told my story. But my favorite camera is the Panasonic FZ-20.

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The Fujifilm X Pro 3 Has Something Uniquely Special About It

The Fujifilm X Pro 3 is the best camera on the market for anyone who doesn’t want to stare at a screen all day.

“Aren’t you just sick of all these zoom meetings,” is what a rep called and told me on the phone earlier in the pandemic. She called me out of the blue, and I completely agreed with her. But I didn’t realize how deep her words hit me. The entire staff has discussed how we’re all sick of staring at screens. And the Fujifilm X Pro 3 is the perfect answer to that. Yes, there are options like the Leica M10-D. But you’ll probably complain about its price more than you will the X Pro 3’s screen. 

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Review: Olympus 8mm f1.8 PRO Fisheye (Micro Four Thirds)

When Olympus released the 8mm f1.8 lens, it kind of had me scratching my head. Why? An 8mm lens is the equivalent of 16mm when using a Four Thirds sensor, and that’s not really considered a fisheye field of view. Then you consider that they have a 7-14mm f2.8 Pro lens with less distortion on the wide end.

Weird, huh? Yeah, I thought so…

Fisheye lenses can be fun in the right situations and for those of us who don’t mind the massive amounts of distortion that they render, they can be an excellent creative tool. They’re very popular amongst extreme sports photographers and some portrait photographers looking to embrace a wild edge of some sort, but they’re also just really cool to use sometimes.

Now don’t get me wrong: this lens is great in many ways. But in other ways, I’m just still not sure about it. But for an $899 price point, you’re getting quite a good deal.

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Kip Praslowicz Shoots Dramatizations of Real Life on Film

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All images by Kip Praslowicz. Used with permission. This post is a collaboration with the Sub-Reddit R/Analog

“I liked to approach each portrait with the same sense of discovery and unpredictability that I’d feel during a street photography session,” says photographer Kip Praslowicz about his photography series called Everyday Life. “I’d spend some time with the subjects in what ever environment they invited me into to get a feel of how they interact with it and use that as inspiration as to how I’d compose the scene.” Kip, who usually shoots street photography, says that Everyday Life was his first foray into shooting portraits influenced by what he’d look for when shooting street images.

The work was done with a 4×5 camera to start then moved into using an 8×10, which taught him that he’s not a fan of what he calls the “dead pan Sothian ‘stand there’ portraits.” Instead, he tries to make them feel like they were caught candidly.

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10 Tips For Successful Underwater Portrait Photography

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Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Jenna Martin’s Blog. It is being syndicated here with permission.

My brain is officially underwater.

Photographically, that is.

I see everything in terms of underwater. A friend shows me the gorgeous wedding dress she picked out, and I wonder what it would look like in a pool. My mother-in-law shows me a new chair she reupholstered and I wonder how well the color would hold up if it got wet. I’ve even made the mistake of approaching a potential model with an opening line of, “Excuse me, how well do you sink in water?”

Creepy…I know.

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