Ferrania Fixes Major Factory Issues, Secures In-House Production of P30 Film

After facing and fixing some issues that made production impossible, Ferrania is finally back on their feet to bring us some precious emulsions.

“Normally, when we are quiet it’s because we are very busy. This time the opposite is true,” Ferrania began in their latest update, referring to their factory being non-functional since February. There, they briefly mention the hardships that have halted production, but also, more importantly, that they’ve fixed the problems and can now continuously produce P30 film.

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Film Emulsion Review: Fujifilm Velvia 100 (35mm and 120)

Fujifilm Velvia 100 isn’t as appreciated as Fujifilm Velvia 50, but it should be!

Here’s one of those stories and moments that I’ve said all too many times when it comes to film and film photography; over and over again I was told that Fujifilm Velvia 100 isn’t worth the money or the hassle. But instead, Velvia 50 was where it was at and there was no exception to that rule. In my re-education of film photography, I found many of the things that photographers said over the years to be simply untrue. Kodak Tri-X isn’t the end all and be all of film photography. Velvia 50 isn’t the end all and be all of landscape photography either. But instead, Fujifilm Velvia 100 is a really, really solid film. It’s gorgeous in so many ways but like all film emulsions, it shines the larger you go.

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“Witnesses to War” Aims to Show the Resilience of Syrian Children

This powerful photo book project captures the moving resilience of children in war-torn Syria.

Much of what we know about the tragedy that war has brought upon Syria is taken from the perspective of a bigger picture. A powerful project, however, puts the focus on the most vulnerable victims of this conflict. Syrian war photographer Bassam Khabieh put his lens and narrative to use to tell us the story of loss, tragedy, and the astonishing resilience of Syrian children for a photo book titled Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria.

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Rant: Shooting Pretty Women from Behind on the Streets Is Not Street Photography

In street photography, you should really check your intentions.

I once was told by a man as enamoured with street photography as I that he admired a photo of a lone woman in a park looking away at something. “I wonder what she’s looking at,” he said. “She’s sort of really fixated on something.” Whatever she may have been fixated on, a part of my mind wondered what the hell he was talking about. In the most abstract sense of the image, it was nothing more than just a woman staring off at something, perhaps watching her kid/pet run around, waiting for someone to catch up, or just standing there. It was the mind that went somewhere else, and as far as how the image was shot it didn’t seem like the photographer really cared so much about her expression as he did just the fact that there might have been a slight sense of attraction.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Kien Quan

Photographer Kien Quan joined us on Inside the Photographer’s Mind to talk about his dance photography.

We had our first dance photographer recently on Inside the Photographer’s Mind as Kien Quan graced us with his presence. Kien started out as a dancer and then decided that he wanted to get into photography. As Kien explains, he always goes about stuff the hard way. So he got a camera, lights, looked up tutorials, and then got into capturing his friends in his dance crew. From there, he networked with other dancers and did the same thing.

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Tutorial: The Differences Between a Parabolic Umbrella and a Beauty Dish

Photographer Anita Sedowska takes us through what a parabolic umbrella and a beauty dish do for portraiture.

When it comes to portrait photography there is no doubt in my mind that softboxes are the most popular diffusers, but parabolic umbrellas and beauty dishes are also a favorite of many photographers. If you’re just getting into lighting, then it can be difficult to look at an image and determine whether a softbox, umbrella, or beauty dish was used to shoot it. Anita Sedowska takes you through this in her latest tutorial video which you’ll find after the jump, but we thought that we’d go into our archives to dig even deeper.

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Jakub Rybicki Shares a Fascinating Slice of Buddhist Life in Tibet

All images by Jakub Rybicki. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Tibet is one of the most mesmerizing places on Earth, especially in terms of history and culture. Tibetan Buddhism is just one of the facets through which we can see this, given how the Dalai Lama and his teachings have become part of global consciousness. Jakub Rybicki takes us to one of the best places in Tibet to glimpse the life of its spiritual people; the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the second largest city in the region.

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The Kwilt Shoebox Plus Basically Turns Any Hard Drive Into a Personal Photo Server

If you’re looking to use your existing hard drive for your travel adventures, the Kwilt Shoebox Plus could be the wireless solution for you.

Photographers who travel a whole lot sometimes need to access their RAW files while they’re on the road. And if they’re not accessible on a cloud server, then you may want to look at the new Kwilt Shoebox Plus. Claiming to be completely platform agnostic, the Kwilt Shoebox Plus connects to your hard drive, flash drive, etc and then connects to the web using a 5 GHz wireless-AC network or via a direct ethernet connection to your router. The better part: it can sync images from all your social platforms too.

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