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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Street Photography: Remembering The Work of Elisa Tomaselli

In this piece, we remember the street photography of Elisa Tomaselli.

In early 2020, the street photography community lost one of its own. Elisa Tomaselli sadly passed away on January 23rd. I’m not sure how or why she passed, but I do know she was far too young to leave this world. I also know she was an excellent street photographer: someone who I had featured on The Phoblographer before. We never met, and only exchanged a handful of messages, so I can’t comment on the person. But I can comment on the street photographer: the fine, talented one that she was.

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Taking the Canon AE-1 Program and Pellix QL Out on a Woodland Shoot

Planning a dreamy woodlands shoot on 35mm film? Here’s a quick video showing what a Canon AE-1 Program and a Pellix QL will get you if you’re pressed for choices on what to bring.

Any camera would do if you’re thinking of a springtime woodlands shoot on film. But, if you want to narrow down your choices to 35mm SLR cameras, this quick video by Alex Hayes lets you choose between two Canon options: an AE-1 Program and a Pellix QL. The former is a classic and a firm favorite, while the latter is a rather unique option that may not be as heard of today. Both cameras were shot with the hugely popular Kodak Portra 400, so you might want to watch this video if you’re keen on trying these out.

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5 Photography YouTube Channels You Need to Subscribe To

Are you looking for some photography YouTube channels? We’ve got some.

More and more photography channels are appearing on YouTube. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good that you have more access to information and content. But, it’s bad that you have to trawl through all the poorly made material to find the gems. Thankfully, we’re happy to do the dirty work. We’ve dug up the very best photography YouTube channels for you to enjoy.

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5 Photography Podcasts That You Need to Listen To

Podcasts continue to become increasingly popular. Because of that, we’re going to look at some of the best photography podcasts available.

If you go to the gym, take a long walk, or have an epic road trip ahead of you, there’s a good chance you’re listening to a podcast along the way. A podcast can be great entertainment, while also providing the latest news and some solid education. The podcast industry covers all genres and, of course, photography is part of that. So if you’re looking for something fresh to listen to, we’ve listed the best photography podcasts to check out.

1. The Candid Frame

The Candid Frame is now in its fifteenth year of production – that’s exceptionally good going! Ibarionex Perello hosts and produces the photography podcast, and is often accompanied by respected photographers in the industry. Guests on The Candid Frame include names like Joel Meyerowitz and Ellen Friedlander – a testament to how popular the show is. Perello regularly creates free webinars, all of which are clear and engaging, helping you to take better photographs.

2. Outerfocus Podcast

The Outerfocus Podcast is a bi-weekly show presented by Ian Weldon. The podcast focuses on various styles with a heavy emphasis on street photography. While household names are no stranger to the podcast, Weldon also brings on well-respected street photographers who will be better known by the hardcore members of the street community. The aims of each interview are to identify the meaning behind the photographer’s work right through to understanding what drives them to create. Each show is an interesting listen.

3.This Week in Photo (TWiP)

Frederick Van Johnson is the head honcho at TWiP. The podcast is very much about creating a community vibe and exploring different photography techniques and styles. In keeping with the community spirit, the podcast regularly critiques the work of its listeners. Often joined by another photographer, Van Johnson gives honest and helpful feedback on the selected work, allowing you to understand where improvements can be made. Paid members of the TWiP podcast community have access to member-only courses, meet up events, and discounts on a host of industry-leading events throughout the year.

4. Photography Radio

Photography Radio is a little different from the other podcasts on this list. Rather than creating long-form episodes, the podcast puts out bite-sized episodes of around 20 to 30 minutes. As well as talking about the artistic element of photography, listeners can also enjoy the best in the latest gear news around the world. For those of you with a shorter attention span, or less time to listen to a long podcast, Photography Radio is a great option.

5. Tips From The Top Floor

If you’re after quick tips and techniques that will improve your photography, then look no further. Tips From The Top Floor is brought to you by commercial photographer Chris Marquardt. Each week he shares his vast knowledge and skill set through, informative podcasts. He presents his listeners weekly challenges, encouraging them to go out and practice what he preaches. This podcast pretty much covers everything a photographer needs to learn, and it’s fun and engaging too!

What Are Your Favorite Photography Podcasts?

The above photography podcasts should be enough to keep you going for some time. However, we would love to know what you’re already listening to. Share your favorite podcasts or let us know what you think of our list in the comments below.

Urban Beings: Beauty’s Translation in Street Photography by Adrien Jean

Saigon-based Adrien Jean saw street photography as the gateway to the experiences, adventures, and local culture that Vietnam had in store for him.

I am Adrien Jean, a self-taught French photographer who has developed an ever-growing passion for the craft since I first set foot in Vietnam in 2014. The streets of Saigon, a place I now call home, have become my playground for experimentation and inspiration. Exploring the city through my lens has helped me to get a better grasp of the local culture and to connect with people in a deeper way.

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Carl Warner Makes Landscape Images from Food, and It’s Breathtaking!

The impressive and unique work of Carl Warner will inspire you to look differently at food as subjects for photography and visual storytelling.

A highly-creative blend of food photography, still life, and advertising photography, Carl Warner’s work is a perfect example of imagination on overdrive. “I create scenes in the studio that sometimes look like real scenes, but scenes that are in nature basically made out of other things,” he described his own work in a quick interview with Wex Photo Video. While he has also expanded his style to working with other materials, food items remain his best-known medium for creating what he calls food landscapes, or foodscapes.

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5 Impactful Photographs The World Will Never Forget

All photos can make some kind of impact. But only a small few stay at the front of society’s mind for eternity.

When we think of influential photos, our minds instantly goes to the likes of Nick Ut’s, The War of Terror, or Malcolm Browne’s, The Burning Monk. Most photos that stick in our minds tend to be related to politics, our environment, or terror. Very rarely do we hold on to good news. We’ve had uplifting images such as humankind’s first visit to the moon – but even that is not free of conspiracy and controversy. Many of society’s photographs that are never to be forgotten are from a century gone by. What about the modern era? What’s going to be the leading photographs for the next generation to reflect on? Let’s take a look.

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Tae Kim Shares His Journey on Mastering Leica Rangefinders

Tae Kim talks about settling down with the Leica system which he found works best for him and compels him to master the essentials.

My name is Tae Kim and I originally created Cosmotographer as a site where I can have a creative outlet from my day job, a place where I can express my thoughts onto a collection of photos. I don’t have a simple and consistent aesthetic like most photographers because I believe that photography is more than just someone’s identity, striving to differentiate themselves from the curated world of Instagram. I believe photography should be used to express themselves and their creative moods without catering to followers.

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Here’s Why It’s So Important to Review Our Photography Archives

We make thousands of images over time, but we mustn’t forget the ones that live in our archives.

Today, we make more photographs than ever before. The digital era is responsible for that, and it’s very easy to build a sizable catalog of photographs in a very short space of time. The consequence is that the mental lifespan of most photographs is very short; their impact diluted, their significance reduced. Photographs are now put on a creative rotator belt, churned out in mass. They exist on hard drives, cloud storage, and social platforms. Because of the number of images we produce, many of them, although saved, are forgotten. That’s why we’re going to explore the importance of reflecting on our work and remembering the past.

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Someone Stuffed a New Olympus Pen into a Vintage Pen F Body

If you‘ve ever wanted a beautifully retro-styled Olympus Pen mirrorless camera, it can’t get any more retro than this!

With the steady popularity of retro-styled digital cameras, we can assume that camera companies will continue to draw inspiration from classic designs and iconic models. However, it’s also reasonable to expect that these modern takes on the classics can only go as far. So, if you have a specific vintage camera that you hope would see a digital version, your best bet is often a third-party digital back (although it will most likely look a little unwieldy and clunky). Unless, you have the guts, patience, and talent for tinkering and making your own — or you’re an Olympus fan and would be willing to settle for a vintage Olympus Pen F combined with a digital PEN E-PM1!

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Why I Regret Deleting Personal Photographs (And Why You Will Too)

Aside from the gigs and the glory, there’s the personal element to a photographer’s body of work.

I’m of the opinion that all photographers have a stash of personal work in their portfolio. Whether they’re photos of loved ones, vacations, or something that holds importance to them, photos exist that have meaning and emotional value. Some put their most personal images out to the public, while others keep them safe and hidden away, only for personal consumption. As photographers, it’s in our blood to document; we live for it. And it’s the work that’s not for a client that best communicates our journey through life. But sometimes, there are moments in life we would like to forget. Photos we wish were never created. We run away; we delete. But is that a good idea?

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Hengki Koentjoro: Dramatic Black and White Roads of Mount Nebo

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’ve been following the fine art landscape photography of Jakarta-based Hengki Koentjoro with us, you must be used to seeing him tackle seascapes. However, once in a while, he also shows his prowess for minimalist black and white with snaps taken far from seaside settings. The latest example is his short series shot around Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim mountain range in Jordan.

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Tips For Avoiding Bad Advice For The Newbie Photographer

If you’re new to photography, then get ready for a sea of information — some very good, and some, extremely bad.

The process of learning never ends if you’re open to constantly developing yourself. However, in the beginning, you’re going to go from knowing nothing to falling deep into a world of knowledge and skill. This time is as exciting as it is overwhelming. You’re a blank piece of paper, open to people writing down their wisdom. You don’t know any better, why would you question anything? To ensure you don’t fall into some unhealthy habits or get sucked in by the wrong know it all, here are some tips for avoiding bad advice for the newbie photographer.

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This Vintage Nikkormat FTN Ad Will Make You Cringe a Bit

Nikon made a bold statement about the Nikkormat FTN in this vintage camera ad, but something isn’t quite right about it.

The season of love is afoot, so our latest vintage camera ad find, featuring the Nikkormat FTN from the late 1960s, is fitting of the occasion — well, not quite. It may have been made with either good intentions or a bright idea back then, but we can’t help but feel a little cringy about it. We’ll let you check it out and decide for yourself!

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Five Most Popular Canon FD Mount Cameras to Grab Today

While the Canon FD mount has long been rendered obsolete, you can still add some of the most popular Canon FD mount cameras to your collection.

Are you a long-time Canon user who goes back to your film photography roots once in a while? Or, are you just embarking on your film photography journey? Whichever the case, among the cameras you’ll find yourself considering or shooting with are Canon FD mount cameras. The mount was rendered obsolete in the early 1990s with the introduction of the Canon EOS cameras and the Canon EF mount. Still, we have the film photography revolution to thank for making it possible for us to experience a bit of Canon history through the FD mount cameras. If you don’t have one yet, allow us to recommend five of the most popular cameras that you can choose from.

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Short Documentary Explores Why Film Photography Lives On

Film is not dead; we already know that. This short NBC Left Field documentary instead wanted to delve deeper into the mindset, and why now is a good time to get into film photography.

Film lives, and has been thriving alongside the digital age, much to the surprise of many. But for those who still #believeinfilm and choose to #staybrokeshootfilm (along many other mantras and hashtags), the love for this old-fashioned medium goes beyond gathering likes and attention on social media. It’s a way of life. Many short films and documentaries have explored the so-called analog resurgence, and it seems we’ll keep seeing more of it. The latest to tackle the topic is NBC Left Field, which sought to find out why the younger generation are embracing the slower process of film.

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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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This Kodak Brownie Commercial Doubled as a Pet Portrait Tutorial

Adorable portraits of our furry friends have long been part of the so-called Kodak Moment, as this 1950s commercial shows us! 

“Man’s best friend makes some of man’s best pictures,” goes the intro for today’s featured Kodak camera commercial from many decades past. As the trend with many of the company’s ads and commercials from the era, it came with some suggestions on how to get the best shots of the so-called Kodak Moment — pet portraits included!

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The Passion of Trees: A Story of Photographer Ali Shokri’s Love of Nature

All images by Ali Shokri. Used with permission.

“In our family culture, the tree is a symbol of life.” Nature photographer Ali Shokri grew up in Iran. It was in his beautiful home country that he would begin to develop his passion and love for nature – more so, trees. Years later, his passion would become the centerpoint of his life’s ambitions. For the last 16 years, Shokri has been photographing trees. His mission? To show everyone how important and beautiful they are to the world. His body of work has since been turned into a photo book, The Passion of Trees. Showing his collection of images and highlighting his message, Shokri spoke to us about a topic he holds tightly close to his heart.

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Geert Broertjes: Documenting Love and Loss in “One Year”

In his deeply emotional photo book, Geert Broertjes shows us how photography makes for a powerful tool not only for storytelling but also for coping with loss and grief.

“If it’s personal you can’t do anything wrong. It’s your way of dealing with life. That is different for everyone, so there is no right or wrong,” said Amsterdam-based Geert Broertjes on what guided him as he put together One Year, a poetic visual story about love, loss, and grief. In just a span of the titular year, he lost the most important women in his life: his aunt, grandmother, and mother passed away. Months following his mother’s passing saw the end of his intense relationship with his girlfriend, with whom he shared his grief. Such powerful themes, indeed, can only be guided by the deeply personal. This, Broertjes chose to carry out by shooting in raw black and white film photos.

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