We Asked Photographers Why They Bring Their Cameras Everywhere

We wondered why some photographers bring their cameras with them everywhere, so we asked them.

There’s the old idea that photographers should bring their cameras everywhere with them. But of course, not every photographer does that. For the ones that do, we wondered exactly why. For years, I always thought it was just photojournalists who did this. But it’s a lot more than them. We asked a few photographers to tell us why they bring their cameras with them. In some cases, they feel like it’s part of them being their best selves. But it’s also a part of their identity.

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Kelly-Shane Fuller: Shooting Themed Portraiture And Creative Concepts

All images by Kelly-Shane Fuller. Used with permission.

“I’m a creative concept portrait photographer based out of Portland Oregon,” says photographer Kelly-Shane Fuller in an email to us. “I primarily shoot portraits that are themed in some way. I shoot regularly for fashion and magazine clients as well.” If you aren’t aware of who Kelly is already, you really should be. He’s one of the few modern photographers who figured out how to develop Kodachrome through experimentation and research. Plus, he’s very knowledgeable about film.

But technical knowledge aside, he’s also quite a creative photographer who really loves to shoot and create images with concepts behind them.

 

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Kelly-Shane Fuller on Pushing Ilford HP5 to ISO 51,200

All images by Kelly-Shane Fuller. Used with permission.

Black and white film photographers know very well that they can often push a lot of their film quite a bit; but probably not many photographers have tried pushing Ilford HP5 to ISO 51,200 like Kelly-Shane Fuller does. Kelly-Shane has been on the site before for his tinkering about with Kodachrome to develop it. But we wanted to see what he does with Ilford HP5 to get such great photos from it at this ISO.

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Photographer Kelly-Shane Fuller is Self-Developing Kodachrome in Color

All images by Kelly-Shane Fuller. Used with permission.

“Absolutely everywhere I turned people told me home processing was impossible,” says photographer Kelly-Shane Fuller about processing Kodachrome in color at home. “That’s just not something people should say to me, as at that point it became a personal vendetta to prove the world wrong.”

Recently Pop Photo did a short blurb on how Kelly is developing Kodachrome at home into color slides. He’s probably one of the few so determined to find a way to keep the process alive despite environmental regulations and Kodak pulling the plug on the famous film. For those not in the know Kodachrome is a black and white film that really comes to life during the processing stage to become the beautiful color film that was so highly prized by many photographers.

We talked to Kelly recently about the process and what he’s doing to revive the old process.

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