Like the Look of Slide Film? It Was Developed for the Slide Projector

Today’s featured retro photography commercial will most likely make you want to flip through photos with a slide projector like it’s the 1950s!

There aren’t a lot of slide films available on the market today, but 35mm slide films were the norm back in the days, and slide projectors were mainstays in most homes. Among them, as today’s featured retro commercial shows, is the Kodak 300 Slide Projector – a portable projector that could be carried like a briefcase. It reminds us of an era before computer slide shows, online photo galleries, albums on social media, and how flipping through photos was a form of entertainment for family and friends.

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Doug Golupski: Shoot Kodak Aerochrome Like Slide Film

With Kodak Aerochrome still one of the most enigmatic yet sought after emulsions today, we couldn’t help but ask Doug Golupski to tell us how he works with this film to create stunning landscape snaps.

“If you understand how to shoot slide film, Aerochrome is no different,” Doug Golupski said on the common misconception that Aerochrome is a fragile film that requires special treatment. It is indeed a special infrared film, as his stunning results, and many before him, show us. His Kodak Aerochrome snaps are among the best we’ve seen, so we thought it was only proper to put them on spotlight — and ask him more about his tips and tricks for making the most out of this film. If you’ve ever wanted to grab some rolls but also felt afraid of wasting them, this interview feature should be an insightful resource for you.

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There’s a New E-6 Film Developing Kit for Color Slide Film…At Home!

This is exciting news for enthusiasts and students who want to dabble in Color Slide film developing.

In the last few years, film based photography has seen a huge surge in popularity. More and more photographers are returning to analog cameras because of the low cost of many great cameras, and because of the overall look and feel of film based images; something that digital cameras have trouble replicating. Due to the excitement that surrounded an announcement from Kodak in which they stated that they will be bringing back Ektachrome color slide film, OmegaBrandess have just announced that they will be releasing an at-home small batch film developing kit; the Edwal EZ E-6 Kit. Skip through the break to see the full press release. Continue reading…

Useful Photography Tip #189: A PSA for Those Who Shoot Slide Film

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Lots of film photographers only shoot their film, develop and scan it, and then mess with the scans in post afterwards. But if you’re shooting slide film, then you’re probably denying yourself a whole lot of justice. Those who shoot Ektachrome, Provia, Velvia etc. should really put their film down on a white box, get a magnification loupe, and look at all the beautiful details that the original piece has to offer. There are even apps on your phone that will act as a white box–and all you need to do is take the positives, put it down on the screen, and look at the images with a magnification loupe that will let you cut out excess light around the image.

This, perhaps more than anything, is the magic of slide and chrome film. These films were designed to be cut up (at times) and put into projectors so that we can easily see all the details. It’s where the idea of “slides” come from when you’re in a business meeting and a Powerpoint presentation is being done. In this case though, you’re really just looking a those photos and probably not using a projector. If you don’t have a lightbox or anything that can help you look at the details closer, hold it up to a neutral light source and simply look at the positives. The experience is often magical and can’t be put into words.

This Detailed Comparison Shows the Difference Between Slide Film vs. Color Negative Film

If you want to get serious with film photography, especially when shooting with slide films, this comparison video will give you an idea when it’s the better choice over color negative films.

With film discontinuations here and there over the years, shooting with slide films has become either rare opportunities that you save for special shoots, or quirky experiments using expired film stocks. Still, for those who really want to get serious with film photography, knowing how to make the most out of the fresh slide films still available out there is paramount. In this very informative and detailed comparison video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, we get to see two of today’s popular slide films, Fuji Provia 100 and Fuji Velvia 100, go head-to-head with a color negative favorite, the Kodak Portra 160.

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The New Rollei Vario Chrome is a Versatile Slide Film

It’s a great day when a new film emulsion is announced, and the new Rollei Vario Chrome was just born into the world. Rollei states that it’s a slide film that seems to be pretty versatile. It can be exposed between ISO 200 and ISO 400. Specifically, it’s being targeted for use in low-level daylight illumination–so think about a cloudy day or something like that. Additionally, Rollei Vario Chrome has a warmer color tone to it which a lot of folks may really like since many modern digital photos tend to go warmer vs cooler.

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5 Beautiful Slide Film Emulsions You Can Still Get Your Hands On

It’s a sad thing that chrome film isn’t really available in the same way it used to be. Of course, this is because it’s tougher to work with vs negative film. But if you take the time to really work with it, you’ll be rewarded with images that have a unique character and look to them. Many professional photographers work with it and always did to get images and looks you can’t replicate. So if you feel brave enough and want to take the dive, check out these available slide films.

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RNI Colibri for iOS Gives Your Images a Classic Slide Film Look

RNI, known for their excellent film processing presets and apps, have officially announced their third mobile app. RNI Colibri, as it is called, focuses on processing images to have that classic slide film look and joins the other two RNI mobile processing apps aimed at filmic processing. This app follows RNI Films and RNI Flashback; and considering their ratings, we’re sure lots of people will be interested in this. Continue reading…

The Last Roll Captures the Emotional End of Slide Film Processing

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Film dying away does not just mark the end of an era or a natural progression into the digital world. More importantly it affects people from their livelihoods to their relationships. Hero Av has shot a new short documentary that captures the emotional impact behind the closure of one Orms’ E6 process unit, one of the most well-known and last bastions for slide film development.

Located in Cape Town, it was a processing plant that many South African photographers visited to develop their film. Shooting slide film itself is a difficult challenge and so its closure earlier was heartbreaking for photographers whose entire livelihood revolves around shooting on the analog format.

“It was really like getting cold water over myself, because this was actually my last place to process,” landscape photographer Koos Van Der Lende said. “I really have to just sit down and really rethink my life as a photographer on film.”

Andre Eksteen, an Orms technician at the E6 processing unit also added, “There was a lot of trust that had to be put between the lab and the photographer, as such, and that is a moment that we are saying goodbye to. Nevermind just the process itself.”

The short six-minute documentary is a tiny glimpse at the human story behind the end of slide film processing. It’s a story that will pull at your heartstrings, so be sure to check it out after the jump.

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VSCO Film Comes Out With Film Pack 4 for Slide Film Emulations

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VSCO film tools has long been creating what we believe to be the best film emulsion presets for digital photographers. Yesterday, the company announced Film Pack 4: Slide. Obviously, the presets is meant to mimic the look of slide film–which has some of us extremely excited about it. Loved Fujifilm Velvia? Well now you’ve got that emulsion.

Here are the film renderings that you’ll get

  • Agfa Scala 200 – / — / + / -/+ / + / ++ / Contrast + / ++ / +++
  • Fuji Astia 100F – / — / + / ++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Fuji Fortia SP – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / Landscape / Portrait
  • Fuji Provia 100F – / — / + / ++ / +++ / ++++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Fuji Provia 400X – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / HC + / HC ++ / Portrait / Vibrant
  • Fuji Velvia 50 – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Landscape / Landscape+
  • Fuji Velvia 100 – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Landscape
  • Fuji Velvia 100F – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Kodak E100G – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm (GX) / HC / Portrait / Vibrant
  • Kodak E100VS – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / Balance Warm + / Portrait
  • Kodak E200 – / — / + / ++ / ++ Alt / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait / Vibrant

VSCO is doing a special introductory offer for $89.25. We reviewed Film Pack 3, and loved it when used with Lightroom.

Lomography’s New Peacock X-Pro 110 Film Is the World’s First 110 Slide Film in Years

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Lomography has continued to show their commitment to the 110 film format by bringing back slide film from the dead. Today, the company has announced their new Peacock film; however, I actually saw it in the store yesterday when I went to go pick up my scanned rolls. The company claims that you’ll get, “to choose between crazy blues and greens when cross processed or crystal sharp pictures with E6 development!”

As far as price goes, you’ll get that packet up in the photo above for $7.90. It’s available now for purchase.

Review: Lomography X Pro Sunset Strip 35mm 100 Slide Film

Lomography released an extremely exciting and interesting photographic film not along ago: X Pro Sunset Strip 35mm. When it was first announced, we thought it was a bit of an odd duck. From the image samples we had seen, it looks like the film had been designed to be cross processed. Indeed, when I went to go get it developed I learned that it indeed was. When one processes the film with normal C41 methods, it looks extremely cross processed. But when E6 is done, it looks very normal. In fact, the results are really beautiful providing you’re using a camera with a light meter and full manual control.

 

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UPDATE: CONFIRMED Did Kodak Just Discontinue All Their Slide Films?

This is a developing story with no real confirmation yet: Kodak may have just discontinued their slide films. This information comes via Thom Hogan; who states:

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Feb 29 updated (commentary)–
How timely. On March 1st Kodak discontinued its remaining slide films.

This comes after the news of them stepping out of the camera business completely. Recently, I posted about my love of Kodak Ektachrome. Indeed, the company has said many times that since the discontinuation of the legendary Kodachrome, that Ektachrome was the closest thing to it. Now, it seems that even that is gone.

The complete list of film is:

E100VS, E100G and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100:

 

Indeed, when you go to the film section of Kodak’s website, you’ll see no slide film at all under the professional film section. Tri-X seems to be alive and well though.

I’ve contacted Kodak about a comment; so far I’ve gotten nothing. I’ll update when I get the chance.

UPDATE: Just got this email:

Hi Chris,

I’m confirming that we did send a notice to dealers today that we will be discontinuing our three slide films – E100VS, E100G and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 – due primarily to significantly declined sales and usage over the years.. I’ve attached the dealer notice.

This does not affect any other films in our portfolio. All the color negative (Portra, Ektar) films and black and white (Tri-X, T-Max and BW400CN) films remain in our portfolio.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to chat live with me.

Best,

Audrey

UPDATE 2:

Apparently Thom Hogan hasn’t event tried contacting Kodak.

Review: Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film (35mm Format)

To begin this review, I’m going to say flat out that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film has to, hands down, be the weirdest film I’ve ever worked with. But it’s also been a pleasure and a very fulfilling learning experience in my own pursuits of bettering my photography knowledge. To say this wasn’t a challenge is an extreme understatement. Within three rolls, I tried to “get it right”. Pretty simple you’d think, right? Well, yeah–even I’d sit there and call me a dumbass. Except that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film isn’t a conventional film at all.

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No, Vegans, Film Photography Is Not Vegan Friendly

The stereotype of someone being a vegan and a film/analog photographer is very counterintuitive.

Unfortunately for many analog shooters, there is still a stigma against us who shoot film. Because we like old school things and we like the actual connection with our subject while not worrying about all the digital things, we are often also associated with vegans. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they just think it’s part of the culture. But the truth is film photography isn’t vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s pretty far from it.

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Film Photography Tip: How to Meter for Best Exposures

Been wondering how to properly meter for film photography? This quick video has the answers. 

One of the aspects you’ll encounter as you get further into film photography is metering. It can be intimidating or confusing, but it pays to learn how to meter different scenes and work with either your camera’s built-in meter or a handheld light meter. In today’s featured video by Ohio-based Matt Day, he has partnered with The Darkroom Photo Lab to provide the important information we need to achieve well exposed film photos.

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Creating Dramatic Black and White Photos Using Curves and HSL Sliders

Ever wanted to achieve the punchy and dramatic black and white photos you see all over Instagram? Knowing how to tweak the HSL Sliders will help!

Among the most popular and eye-catching styles for black and white photography is the punchy and dramatic look. If creating monochrome photos this way has been your goal, but you have no idea how to achieve it, we have just the tutorial for you. UK-based photographer Sean Tucker has a helpful video showing how to use the HSL sliders to edit your color photos — even with your smartphone!

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Review: Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR (The Perfect Walk Around Lens)

If you’ve been looking for the perfect pancake lens for your Fujifilm GFX camera, the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 is for you.

Fujifilm’s Medium Format platform has come on in leaps and bounds since the GFX 50S was introduced. The platform now has three excellent cameras to its name, and thanks to the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR lens, photographers who use the platform have nine first-party lenses to choose from. What makes this lens different from primes that have come before it on the platform? The GF 50mm f3.5 is a 40mm f2.8 equivalent pancake lens that should please street photographers, photo walkers, documentarians, and many more to no end. In July, we got to spend a day with a pre-production model of the lens. We have been eager to see if anything has changed in the full retail version. Check out our full review after the break. Continue reading…

The Essential Film Photography Checklist: What You Need to Get Started

Want to dip your toes into film photography but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a quick checklist for you.

Film is not dead, and you’re living proof of it for wanting to try it out. Maybe you were curious after seeing some film photos in your Instagram feed. Or, you came across film photographers whose work you really liked. Perhaps you found your grandparents’ old film cameras and have been wondering if they’re still working. Whatever your reason, this simple checklist should help you get started.

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RNI All Films 5 Now Available for Adobe Lightroom, Classic, Camera RAW

Digital photographers who want to emulate the look of film can now turn to RNI All Films 5 when using Adobe software and apps. 

The nostalgic and dreamy mood of film remains popular even among digital photographers, so it’s not surprising that film presets are now a dime a dozen. Nearly every hybrid (film + digital) photographer now has their own film presets, but the All Films collection by Really Nice Images (RNI) remains one of the most popular. Now on its fifth iteration, RNI All Films, available on the Adobe platform, builds on the success of its previous version to bring more film-based looks carefully crafted after real emulsions.

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Film Carrier MK1: A New Contraption for Camera Scanning 35mm Film

With digital cameras among today’s most popular methods of digitizing 35mm film, the Film Carrier MK1 is a tool to help make it easier.

Camera scanning has been getting popular these days for those who want to “scan” their films using their digital cameras. Even Nikon released its own digitizing adapter a couple of years ago. If you’ve been thinking of using this method to digitize your film negatives, you might want to check out the Film Carrier MK1 and Pro Mount MK1 by Philadelphia-based Negative Supply. This new contraption, currently on its last few days of funding on Kickstarter, promises to let you scan your 35mm film in under five minutes.

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