Editor’s Letter May 2017: Fujifilm Acros Month

If you think about and mention Fujifilm Acros these days, you’re surely going to get different responses depending on which circles of photographers you’re amongst. These days, it’s mostly all about the beautiful job that Fujifilm did when creating the Acros simulation as the once glorious and well sold film emulsion is only available in ISO 100 for 35mm and 120 format. For many years, Fujifilm Acros was an option for loads of photographers on the market but with only the ISO 100 emulsion being left, the more popular options tend to leave it behind in the dust. For example, did you know that the proper full name for it is Fujifilm Neopan Acros? I’m positive that if you started photography in the past few years that you didn’t!This month though, La Noir Image is exploring an extremely interesting intersection between both digital and film photography alike. In the world of black and white photography, Acros is in a very strange spot. It’s well loved by all of the Fujifilm X photographers; but the convenience of digital means that it’s also often overshadowed in the film world. Combine this with Kodak Tri-X, T-Max and the marketing with Ilford and you’ve got yourself a film emulsion in a very tough spot.

But then you actually try it; and you realize that it’s a very good film.

Join us, as we delve into this convergence between analog and digital.

Letter from the Editor: Kodak Tri-X Month

There was a period of time in the evolution of photography from film to digital where it was inevitable that perhaps every single film emulsion would disappear: but the one that stood out as impossible to disappear in everyone’s mind arguably was Kodak Tri-X 400. For years, this film has been on the front lines with photojournalists, documentary photographers, and street photographers helping them to capture some of the most iconic moments in history. Then it started to appear in the work of studio photographers. Indeed, many professionals and enthusiasts alike used Kodak Tri-X and as we transition into what I’d like to call the post-digital photography world, Kodak Tri-X has continued to endure in its use.

This month’s content is going to be dedicated entirely to Kodak Tri-X. And as a result, we’re giving away a number of rolls of the film in both 120 and 35mm to one lucky winner. If you join our Facebook Photography Challenge group, you can enter and have a chance to win.

Our look into the legendary film will include tutorials for those of you just getting into using film and talks with a few experts on the film. As always, I hope that you thoroughly enjoy the content this month.

PS: If you haven’t downloaded them yet, please remember that all subscribers to La Noir Image receive a complimentary custom-made black and white Lightroom preset bundle. You can download it here. Also, just a reminder to all subscribers to please join our Challenge group on Facebook. Here’s where we will host photography contests.

La Noir Image Subscribers Can Win Two Packs of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome This Month

Hi everyone,In the spirit of all things analog being featured this month, one lucky La Noir Image subscriber will be the winner of our current giveaway: two packs of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome. This film can be used to great effect with a number of really cool cameras. You can shoot pinholes with this using the Diana F+. Or get really shallow depth of field using the Mint Camera TL70 2.0. Or go for a bit more manual control with the Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat or Fujifilm Instax Mini 90.

This prize is being generously donated to us by Fujifilm; and we’re thankful. The winner will be announced later this month and you will have the film shipped to you shortly afterwards. If you’re reading this post and haven’t subscribed, then you should know that every month La Noir Image subscribers get exclusive access to monthly giveaways. You can start at $15/year, but subscribe for a larger sum and get even more for your money. To subscribe, head over to this link.

As always, you’re also going to be automatically entered into future giveaways. Readers have requested that future giveaways be challenge based though; and so we’ll make that a reality.

Thanks everyone!

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Analog Photography Month

If you were to tell me 10 years ago that analog photography would be making a comeback, I would have laughed in your face. I’m sure that you would’ve done the same thing if you were in my position. I mean come on: in 2017 someone would want to be shooting with film? You’ve got to be crazy, right?

But then Kodak comes along and brings back an old film emulsion from the dead and speaks of wanting to bring back one of the most iconic emulsions. Then Fujifilm wants to revamp the look of their disposable cameras. And it’s 2017!

It’s a true fact that no photographer living today has enjoyed a rich, lifelong career in photography shooting just digital. In fact, that would be one unfortunately short career otherwise. No, for most of photography’s history we’ve been stuck behind big cameras, then ushered into darkrooms by clients, and then that all changed with the invention of 35mm film and a company called Leitz came onto the scene. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably shot with analog film or other alternative photography types: so for you, this month will be a bit nostalgic.

In fact, we want you to fall in love again with film. Seeing as this is the month of love, what better time to do it than now?

This month’s giveaway will be three packs of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome. One lucky random subscriber will get the packs delivered to them as a thank you for being a subscriber.

With that said, we’re also finally going to be introducing the secret Facebook group next month. From now on, giveaways will all be based on themes. We’re going to have more information about this soon.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy this month’s content!

Editor’s Letter: Concert Photography Month

A recent statistic said that getting that one fantastic image at a concert or music festival is worth more to a fan than their train ticket home. Insane, huh? What’s not insane though is that people are constantly captivated by concert photography. It means a lot to them and somehow or another, it’s impossible to not get a photo that makes you feel like the action isn’t happening right in front of you. Is concert photography profitable? Not really. But there are legions of photographers that do it for the fun and the thrill to be able to get into a concert for free even if it means revoking the rights to their own photos.

Speaking of which, this month we dedicate an entire article to that. What’s more, we’ve talked to a few industry professionals who have been in the game for a while and can help you to have a better time in the pit.

Plus, we’ve got our usual run down of Instagram photographers you’re going to want to follow in addition to a few more fun yet evocative pieces that we’re really proud of. La Noir Image continues to evolve with its design too, so expect certain pieces to look more magazine like while others will work better in the blog format. If you’re on a tablet or phone, none of this will matter–as our mobile interface is designed to make things as simple as possible.

As a result of all the effort that we put into these pieces, we’re also publishing a few less times this month. But what we’re publishing we’re ensuring is incredibly high quality and everything is also a longer feature of some sort. I’m still sticking to the philosophy that I want to continue to inspire photographers everywhere; and that when you’re finished reading each article, I want you to be energized to pick up your camera, go out there, and shoot.

If I’m not doing that, then I’m failing as an EIC and a Publisher.

That brings me to the last bit: La Noir Image is an advertisement free website, we try to do what we can, but we’re also running very low on funds. We encourage you to tell all your friends about us and to find a way to convince them to purchase a subscription. Or, if you can afford to throw us some more money, we’d greatly appreciate that.

One more thing: To gain a bigger crowd, we’re going to making all specific artist interviews and features free for everyone to look at. The more premium type of articles will be tutorial, feature, and essay based.

Please enjoy this month’s content. We worked incredibly hard on it and believe it to be fruitful for every one of our subscribers.

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Publisher/Editor in Chief

PS: If you haven’t downloaded them yet, please remember that all subscribers to La Noir Image receive a complementary custom-made black and white Light preset bundle. You can download it here.




Letter from the Editor: Landscapes in Black and White

Lead image by Nathan Wirth. Featured later on in our coverage.

If you’re in certain climate zones, you’re most likely experiencing one of the most magical moments of the year: autumn. Go outside, get up high, and you’ll be struck with beautiful landscapes covered in various colors that the trees take on. It’s beautiful, heart warming, and of course photogenic. Color has become one of the biggest and most important aspects of modern landscape photography. But what happens when you take that color away? What happens when the image that you’re looking at suddenly becomes black and white? Does it lose its beauty? How do you adapt and take a strong image made so partially by color and make it work in the world of monochromatic?

That’s what we’re exploring this month. The world of black and white landscape photography is vast, hypnotic, and incredible. It’s what Ansel Adams and many other photographers had to work with. Of course, photography has evolved quite a bit since the days of the zone system’s inception. But there is no doubt that landscapes can still captivate audiences everywhere. Since the earliest days of photography, the tools have changed too.

We’ve prepared a large amount of content that is bound to make your jaw drop this month. So please, enjoy!

  • Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief/Publisher.

Letter from the Editor: Happy October!

Lead image by Maren Klemp; featured later on this month!

Darkness and beauty oddly enough go hand in hand while playing a metaphorical tug of war with either side taking the lead depending on situations. For many years, this has always been true. From the early stories of the serpent that tempted Eve, to the Sirens at sea who tempted sailors, to the more Victorian inspired modern renditions of gothic beauty–the two have always maintained a back and forth relationship. Though while this all happens, somehow or another there are usually ties to the Supernatural. For the month of October we thought it best to explore this theme and its interpretations in black and white photography. After all, most of the world will be celebrating Halloween towards the end of it.

If I told you that the work that we found isn’t weird, I wouldn’t be honest with you. Indeed, it’s weird. But our intent is to open up the mind’s eye to various types of photographic processes, intentions, interpretations and ideas. Some of it is weird. Some of it is beautiful. All of it, is thought provoking. What we’re really trying to do this month is expose you to something different from the Landscapes that we’re profiling next month.

Last month, we inspired you to get out there and shoot. But this month, we want to inspire you to get out there and create. In the same way that a writer interprets their feelings through words, these photographers interpret their feelings through images.

As always, I hope you enjoy this month’s content.

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief/Publisher

La Noir Image.

Letter From the Editor: Welcome to the New La Noir Image

Dearest Subscribers and Guests,

Years ago, Street Photography wasn’t possible. Photography was something that was very cookie cutter–it required a long exposure time, a tripod, a studio, etc. Colloquial photography was very proper, carefully planned, and didn’t allow for much in the way of candid captures. But when 35mm film was developed, professionals gawked at it while consumers were able to capture candid moments of their every day lives in the streets for the first time. Years later, it would become truly serious in the hands of some of the world’s first photojournalists–then continue to solidify itself during the Great Wars. This process of documenting every day life would continue for many years and become a trend.

Documenting the human condition would become something that captivated editors, gallery owners, the wealthy, and the artistically inclined. Today, we study the work of many of these great street photographers. Their images continue to influence and inspire people who pick up a camera and want to become the new Cartier-Bresson.

 

 

 

Enter to Win Subscriptions to La Noir Image

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Hey folks,

La Noir Image is teaming up with PhotoCrowd to give away two subscriptions to the magazine when it finally becomes a reality.

Check out the contest here. Details are below. 

And please be sure to support our Kickstarter and the new content we’ve been doing!. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Briefing

There’s only one rule in this challenge: make it a black and white! We’ve teamed up with the fantastic La Noir Image – a documentation dedicated to monochrome photography that’s run by The Phoblographer editor, Chris Gampat – and want to see your best black and white shots, whatever the subject. Subscriptions to La Noir Image will be given to the winners, and you can have your image printed in the magazine.

Please also note that La Noir Image is currently seeking funding to become an electronic magazine like you’ve never seen before. For less money than the price of a good glass of whiskey, you can get more inspiration for an entire year.

How it Works

Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. You can see all the images uploaded to a challenge, but will need to rate them to see how they’re ranked once the rating period begins.

Some challenges on Photocrowd are also judged by an expert. After the submission period closes the expert judge will choose their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and expert results will be announced on the same day.

Entries close 31 May 2016
Rating 31 May 2016 to 7 June 2016
Winners announced 7 June 2016

The Prize

The expert’s first choice will win a one year premium subscription to La Noir Image which includes one issue a month and six special issues. The crowd’s first place will win a one year subscription to the magazine when it comes out, which includes one issue a month. In addition, Chris Gampat, the editor and founder of La Noir Image, will pick his favourite five entries to be featured in the magazine.

La Noir Image is entering its second phase by launching a Kickstarter initiative to fund the development of a fantastic, interactive e-magazine for iOS devices, with planned expansion into Android in 2017.

Entering Stage Two of La Noir Image

As La Noir Image moves forward as a business, we’re proud to officially announce our brand new KickStarter initiative to fund stage two of the business.

La Noir Image is looking to evolve; and in order to do so we need to become quite a bit more interactive. This interactivity can only be delivered through an e-magzine; and so we’re looking to create an app with subscription, interactivity, etc. We’re asking for $35,000 to fund the first year of the magazine. This money will go towards the monthly expenses: including paying workers fair wages, video production, app design and distribution, etc.

If funded, we can have the first issue out by the end of September. 

So please, help us move forward and continue to create something beautiful. Consider funding our Kickstarter initiative.

Thanks,

Sincerely, 
Chris Gampat

La Noir Image Issue 0 is Now Out

La Noir Image Issue 0: the prototype is now available for download free of charge.

Earlier this month, I shared my intention of making this site into a full iPad magazine. With the help of designer Ian Pettigrew and an incredible team, this project is going to move forward to its ambitious next step: a Kickstarter.

Do keep in mind that this is only a prototype/proof of concept, and the actual iPad magazine will be a lot more like other e-Mags like the BJP: and therefore embrace the use of the web to incorporate videos. The content will also include essays and tutorials. But in the body of a standard PDF file, this is what we’re capable of doing.

I hope you enjoy it, and support us in the upcoming Kickstarter campaign we will launch to make the magazine a bigger and better experience.

The Future of La Noir Image

Hi folks.

You’ve probably noticed that La Noir Image has been very quiet for the past couple of months. The reason why is because I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with it. The model of showcasing one photographer a day is kind of cool for a small site, but I’ve got plans to really grow this site and it took a lot of thinking and realization to see that what I was doing won’t work.

Over the weekend, I put together a small e-zine. With what I had and my experience of not editing a magazine in years, it was an okay attempt. But a more polished version is coming hopefully by the end of the week. I’m working with an incredible designer to do it. It’s designed to work on your iPad and it’s only a PDF: not a fully working app like I want it to be. Again, the full proof of concept is coming nearer to the end of the week, hopefully.

La Noir Image is going to become an iPad magazine. I want you to curl up with it on a lazy weekend and be inspired by all the wonderful black and white photography that we showcase. But it’s going to be an ambitious project, so in the next month or so we’ll be launching a Kickstarter to get the funding that we need. It will also mean that La Noir Image grows to include things like essays, musings, a couple of tutorials, etc. But it’s all going to be centered around black and white and each issue will have a theme.

So at the moment, hang tight. The site’s in a growing pains phase right now. But if you really, really, really want to look at a not so spruced up version that I created, then here you go; but note that this isn’t the final version. In the final version, we’re only using the stories with high res imagery.

Thanks so much,

  • Chris Gampat