Get Them Tones Perfect! The Best Film for Portrait Photography

There’s something wonderful about the way that film renders skin tones.

When you shoot portraits with film, you’re expecting a specific look. This is so yearned for that there are digital presets created to emulate the look. But it’s never quite the same thing. Shooting with film is a lot more involved. But the extra work you do is always worth it. The reward is something worth bragging over. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best film for portrait photography. Take a look at our favorites!

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Essentials: The Leica 75mm F1.25 Pairs Well with Kodak Ektachrome 100

Essentials is a series featuring products we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts.

No matter how many photographers say that you should stop fixating on perfect bokeh, I’m not sure how many photographers can truly gawk at what the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is capable of. “But the price!” is what the IRL version of the Simpson’s Comic Book guy will say behind the protection of his PC screen and the broadband internet that he uses from his mom’s basement. Yes, the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux is expensive. But the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux isn’t a purchase you make because it’s logical or because you’ll get the greatest images out of it. Quite honestly, you buy it because you want it. And to hit home even harder, I’m positive most of you are into photography because you want to be. It’s a hobby that has practicality, unlike watches and whiskey. And if you pair the Leica 75mm f1.25 Noctilux with a fine film like Kodak Ektachrome, the resulting images are bound to remind you why you adore this hobby so much.

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Check Out These Cool Kodak Ektachrome Photos Snapped With a Leica M6

Been itching to see more photos from the Kodak Ektachrome? Here’s a bunch, along with some insights on how to make the most out of this famed slide film. 

Now that more and more lucky film photographers have started getting their hands on the Kodak Ektachrome, some of us not-so-lucky ones are getting even more curious about the results of this much awaited emulsion. In this quick video, Ohio-based photographer Matt Day shares some of the Kodak Ektachrome photos he shot using a Leica M6, as well as his thoughts on how to shoot this precious slide film.

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Film Emulsion Review: Kodak Ektachrome E100 (35mm, 2018 Emulsion)

We’ve been waiting for the Kodak Ektachrome to come out for a long time, and it’s just the way that we remembered it.

Kodak Ektachrome E100 was announced to be coming back to the market in 2016; and though Kodak took its time getting it back to the market, I’m elated to say it’s finally here! Before it’s latest death, Kodak Ektachrome was deemed by Kodak to be a replacement for Kodachrome. But indeed, it has never looked like that. Instead, Kodak Ektachrome has both a saturated look to it while also remaining pretty low contrast in its appearance and in comparison to the Slide film emulsions offered by Fujifilm. At the moment, it’s also still pretty tough to get your hands on some.

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Those Rolls of Kodak Ektachrome 100 Going Out Are Beta Only; Still Awaiting Final Results

A few photographers recently revealed on social media that boxes of Kodak Ektachrome 100 35mm slide film were sent to them by Kodak for beta testing, sparking analog envy from fellow photographers also awaiting the return of this iconic film stock.

They say good things come to those who wait and it seems Kodak is bent on making us wait just a little more before we get the Kodak Ektachrome 100 slide film in our eager hands. The last time the film giant gave us any major piece of news was in June when they teased us with a bunch of new film scans. While it got us all hyped up anew, we couldn’t help but wonder just when exactly will this prized, iconic film stock be back on the market and in our cameras?

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Wondering Where Kodak Ektachrome is? Here’s an Update (Sort of)

So many of us are waiting with credit card in hand to get some Kodak Ektachrome

Earlier this year, Kodak announced that Kodak Ektachrome would be coming back to market. Initially they slated it to holiday season 2017; and for the most part they’re not off from that. The marketing and review samples are due to go out next month apparently. Kodak announced earlier this year that full production runs are going to be going out to the masses in Q1 of 2018. So are they still on track?

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Eastman Kodak to Layoff Over 400 Workers; But Film Probably Isn’t Being Affected

Sadly, things aren’t looking extremely great for Kodak right now

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking so stellar for Kodak right now. Specifically, we’re referencing Eastman Kodak who produces a lot of those interesting Kodak branded products like 3D cameras, the Kodak Ektra, software, printing systems, etc. The company formed after Kodak emerged from Chapter 11 back in 2013. But unfortunately, they’re also the producer of Kodak motion picture film. And while Kodak Portra, Ektar, Tri-X and Gold aren’t tied to Eastman Kodak but instead Kodak Alaris, the layoff and lower profits could mean a few problems.

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Remembrance: Four Years Since the Death of Kodak Ektachrome

When folks in the photography industry talk about Kodak, they most likely reference things like Portra, Tri-X, and who could forget Kodachrome. When Kodachrome was discontinued, the company officially recommended Ektachrome as an alternative. To most of us, it wasn’t the same. The entire process of how Kodachrome got its colors came in the processing as it was a black and white film otherwise. To others, Ektachrome was magic in the right situations.

Ektachrome was Kodak’s last actual chrome film; but in March of 2012, the company discontinued the film not too long after the end of Kodachrome. This March, Ektachrome (in its color variant, because there is also an Infrared version) will have been completely discontinued for four years–a big sign of the way that the times have changed. These days, Ektar is the recommended replacement; but that’s a negative film with super saturated colors. Admittedly, it’s a beautiful film that in fact looks very digital in its color rendition.

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