Film Emulsion Review: Ilford FP4 Plus 125 (35mm and 120)

Ilford FP4 Plus 125 is one of the more unique films on the market.

Since learning about what it could do years ago, I’ve had an affinity for Ilford FP4 Plus 125, but also understood that it isn’t a jack of all trades type of film. Instead, Ilford FP4 125 is what I’d like to call a film that you’d try to shoot high contrast with, but with the knowledge that the shadows are going to be opened up no matter what. In fact, that’s really what this film is all about. You’re often encouraged to underexpose it to get more from the highlights and have the shadows be taken care of in the processing. Available in both 35mm and 120 film stocks, Ilford FP4 125 can be really beautiful in the right hands. While I may instead reach for CineStill bwXX for portraits, I’ve found Ilford FP4 Plus 125 to be best for things like street and abstract, architecture photos.

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5 of Our Top Camera Bag Picks for Portrait Photographers

Portrait photographers need quality bags to carry their gear in as well, so here are some of our favorites. 

If you own a camera, then you are likely asked to do portraits from time to time, regardless of whether or not you do them professionally. You may have a successful portrait photography business, or maybe you just have a passion for them as a hobby. Whatever your purpose for shooting portraits is, the fact is that you are going to need a solid bag to carry your kit in.

Today, we wanted to highlight some of our top camera/gear bag picks with portrait photographers in mind. As well, if you have a big photography kit or a small photography kit, it makes no difference. We will have options below that appeal to a wide variety of portraits photographers with varying amounts of gear.

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These 6 35mm Equivalent Lenses Are Great for Portraits

85mm? 135mm? 50mm? Nah, this post is all about 35mm equivalent lenses for shooting portraits.

Just because you are shooting on a smaller sensor doesn’t mean that you aren’t taking portraits. So what if you’re wanting to do some environmental portraiture with something like a 35mm equivalent, what lenses should you be looking into as a crop sensor shooter? Lucky for you that is exactly what we are going to be talking about today.

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Giacomo Bruno’s Mexican “Raw Gold” Adventures Continue to Tequila Town

All images by Giacomo Bruno. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Can you guess which of Mexico’s “raw gold” can be found in the state of Jalisco? If not, perhaps the mere mention of the agave plant will be a vital clue. Yes, it’s the tequila most likely coursing through your veins from your night out before. If you’re curious about a day in the life of the people who bring tequila to the rest of the world, you’ll be delighted to have a glimpse through Giacomo’s quick set.

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“The Developist” Is a DIY Semi Automated Assistant for Home Developing

Developing your own films at home could be easier if you have an “assistant” like “The Developist.”

Home developing is a relatively easy task that gets easier once you get the hang of it. But of course, if there’s something that can make it easier right off the bat, we’d all take it. We always tip our hat for anyone brave enough to put together their own tools, processes, and even machines to make home developing easier and more sophisticated. Today, we’re sharing an interesting prototype for a home developing assistant called “The Developist” with our film photographer readers.

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The Gitzo Traveler Alpha Tripod Wants to Get to Know Your Sony Camera

Sony camera users: the new Gitzo Traveler Alpha tripod was designed to work with your a7 or a9 camera

Gitzo and the rest of the Vitec group have been keen on doing collaborations with companies like Sony. The star of their latest effort is the new Gitzo Traveler Alpha. So how is it specifically designed for Sony cameras? Apparently, it has to do with the tripod plate. Said plate for the Gitzo Traveler Alpha connects to the tripod socket of the Sony a7 and a9 (which they’re touting in the press release but we’re sure it will work with others it seems). In addition to this, there is a new Gitzo L-Bracket Alpha. This accessory is intended to make switching from vertical to horizontal positions smoother.

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Photographers: It’s Time To Admit That APS-C Isn’t So Bad

It’s not 2010 anymore; APS-C is capable of some incredible imagery with minimal shortcomings compared to Full Frame

There has long been this stigma against ‘crop sensor’ cameras in the photography community, likely dating back to the crop vs full frame marketing campaigns that went on back when the differences in performance between them were, in fact, significant. The truth is though, the time has come for the industry to stop all the sensor hating; APS-C isn’t bad and honestly, it gets the job done. Continue reading…