Developing Glass Plate Negatives From a 120-Year-Old Time Capsule

This video will most likely get you scouring your basement or attic for something as cool as 120-year-old glass plate negatives!

We’ve known Mathieu Stern to share some of the coolest and craziest photography stuff out there, but we have to admit we weren’t quite prepared for his latest find. In a video included in his blog post, the Paris-based photographer and filmmaker documented the Cyanotype developing process he did to create some beautiful prints of the 120-year-old glass plate negatives he found in his old family home. If you’re interested in alternative developing printmaking processes, or simply in the mood for a cool story, we suggest you check it out!

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Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Canon 1Dx Series Cameras

Not long ago, reports circulated around the web that Canon wasn’t going to continue the 1Dx series of cameras. Before that, Canon also said they wouldn’t make any more Canon EF lenses unless there were critical demand. It’s a very indirect way of also saying that they will focus on mirrorless cameras for the future. Good! Goodbye and good riddance to an era of cameras that made things difficult and created false gatekeeping. And most importantly, goodbye to the DSLR.

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Shooting with a “Ghostbusters” Brooks-Veriwide Camera

Let’s do a little throwback to 1989 and see if anyone still remembers the quirky Brooks-Veriwide camera and its cameo in Ghostbusters II!

Looking for the next quirky camera to add to your camera collection? We can trust Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern to always have something interesting to consider. This time, it’s another nostalgic camera that made a Hollywood cameo: a Brooks-Veriwide medium format panoramic camera that appeared in Ghostbusters II in 1989.

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Shooting Dreamy Portraits with the Canon 50mm F0.95 Dream Lens

When the opportunity to shoot with the Canon 50mm f0.95 lens came, Mathieu Stern couldn’t pass it up.

Last time we followed the adventures of Paris-based photographer Mathieu Stern, he showed us what went down during his visit to the Camera Rescue center in Tampere, Finland. There, he did not only get to browse the largest collection of vintage cameras and lenses in Europe, but he was also able to shoot with some fascinating lenses — including the rare Canon 50mm f0.95 Dream Lens! If you’ve ever been curious about what shooting portraits with this cult lens is like, you should definitely watch this video!

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This Vintage Camera Paradise in Finland Is a Film Photographer’s Dream

Attention, film photographers! If you have a dream vintage camera or lens, there’s a big chance you’ll spot it in this mind-blowing spot in Finland!

Are you a film photographer still looking to tick a dream vintage camera or lens off your wishlist? Or are you a vintage photography gear collector with an insatiable curiosity for what’s still out there? Maybe you’re a photographer with a taste for weird and wonderful photography contraptions? If you answered yes t any of these, you’re in for a treat in the latest videos by Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern.

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The Return of Peel Apart Instant Film Is Close, First Batch On its Way

There are now nearly 2,000 ONE INSTANT films (and counting) ready, as production is well underway to keep up with the 18,000 Kickstarter pack films.

Each time we get news from the SUPERSENSE team about the progress of ONE INSTANT pack film, it feels like opening presents on Christmas Day. In their latest Kickstarter update, they tell us production is “cruising in 4th gear” and has now completed 10% of the whopping 18,000 pack films ordered by backers. With the coming weeks and months set for “a full-court press, 5th gear, mad dash, cartridge making frenzy,” the first batch will soon be out the door for delivery to First Run backers. The update, as always put together by Christopher, also showed that the 1,977 completed ONE INSTANT pack film cartridges are now being packed really nicely. First, the triple packs are slid into light-tight black bags that resemble coffee bean packaging. “These bags not only look good, but they provide a light-tight and secure home for the films,” he said.

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Shooting with a Cool 150-Year-Old Wet Plate Camera

It’s incredible how we can still see a 150-year-old wet plate camera in action today!

Some of you may already be familiar with Mathieu Stern and wet plate artist Markus Hofstaetter, who both share their photography passions on their respective YouTube channels. We’ve seen a lot of Markus’ work in particular: he’s one of our go-to guys when it comes to wet plate photography. A few months back, they also made a comparison of a “digital collodion” and a real wet plate photo, for those who are curious. The two are back in a more recent video, where Markus gave a nice rundown of the traditional process, and Mathieu had his hands-on experience with an amazing 150-year-old wet plate camera.

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This ” Kit” Transforms Your Expensive Lens Into Hipster Vintage Glass

Is your current lens not vintage or hipster enough? This kit will surely let you get that coolness factor on your expensive glass! (No, actually, don’t do this!)

Hipsters sure have ruined film photography and vintage gear for a lot of photographers. It’s certain that there have been one too many passionate film photographers who have been wrongfully slapped with the label. So, it’s not surprising if most photographers fiercely hate on these wannabes. Yet some, like Mathieu Stern choose to poke fun at the whole idea of hipster instead.

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Here’s How a “Digital Collodion” Compares to a Real Wet Plate Photo

Wondering if it’s possible reproduce the wet plate look in a digital photo? We have the answer for you in this quick comparison video.

Can you achieve the unique look of wet plate photography in a digital photo? The short answer, of course, is yes. But the real question should probably be, how close does it look to the real thing? We find out in this interesting quick comparison video.

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Portrait Photography Tip: How to Make Your Model Feel Less Awkward

Get better results for your portrait photography by making your model feel more at ease during the shoot.

Want to get into portrait photography and make sure you get beautiful results with every shoot? Before you fuss around with your camera settings, locations, and lighting setup among the most important things you have to learn are posing and directing your models. But you can’t do that until they’re at ease and feel less awkward around you. Here’s a quick video with some suggestions on how to do just that.

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How To Remove Lens Fungus Quickly

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While the optics in vintage manual lenses exude desirable imaging characteristics, one of the biggest concerns using an old lens is the presence of fungus in the optics. This is especially problematic if you live in a tropical country where humidity is always high. We have found this extremely useful Youtube video by Mathieu Stern demonstrating step by step instructions on how to remove fungus quickly and easily from a vintage lens.

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