Martin Ruffin Double Exposes His Slide Film to Make Art

“Fundamentally, I want to make photos that represent my own experience of reality,” says UK based film photographer and record producer Martin Ruffin about his photographic style. He hopes to be shooting film for many years to come and experiments with a variety of stock for this. He’s also an advocate for shooting consistently, to understand better what one prefers to specialize in.

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Fujifilm Velvia 100 Discontinued in the US Because of the EPA

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Today, Fujifilm Velvia 100 is being discontinued by Fujifilm in America. And this time around, it’s not because of sales. It’s fairly well-known industry knowledge that everyone reaches for Velvia 50 instead. But Fujifilm Velvia 100 is being discontinued only in America. Why? The answer is with Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate. This chemical is part of the layers of Fujifilm Velvia 100. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) considers it a carcinogen. Even though photographers would never physically touch the layer, Fujifilm needs to discontinue the product. However, sales of Fujifilm Velvia may continue. You might want to go to Amazon right now and pick some up. 

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Jason De Freitas Takes His Time Shooting Astrophotography on Film

All images by Jason De Freitas. Used with permission.

“I’m so starved for light that I’m usually exposing for as long as I have time for or my tracking accuracy can achieve,” says Jason De Freitas. Jason is based on the South Coast of New South Wales and is one of the world’s few long-exposure film astrophotographers. He’s a fine art photographer who makes the most of Australia’s varied landscape and dark night skies. That’s a critical part of how he makes his unique astrophotography on film.

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There’s a Fascinating Story of the CIA’s Kodachrome Slides of Potatoes

Declassified is an original Phoblographer series that digs deep into historical documents to examine how the government used photography. Hit the Listen to this Article button to follow along with the story.

Of all things, potatoes are probably one of the most boring photography subjects. But they’re incredibly important. There are many documents in the CIA’s database talking about potatoes, harvesting, potato alcohol, and even introducing pests to other countries. But the very perplexing documents are all about Kodachrome transparencies of potatoes. Why would this matter? We’re curious, and we find beauty in the mysterious question. Could someone have just been really bored and wanted to photograph potatoes? Unfortunately, we don’t have the answer. We dug deep into the records too. But the entire exchange is pretty weird.

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Which Look Is Right for You? Fujifilm Film Simulations Compared

The ever-growing list of film simulations available in Fujifilm cameras is one of their most loved features.

Fujifilm has long been celebrated as the manufacturer of some of the world’s most-used film emulsions. Fujifilm wisely brought this analog legacy with them when they made the transition to digital. Many of these are available in digital form as film simulations across Fujifilm’s X-series and GFX-series cameras. Some say these film simulations are the special sauce that makes Fujifilm cameras so endearing. They each have unique characteristics and were created to emulate the look of the Fujifilm emulsions with which they share their name. Fujifilm X-series and GFX-series cameras give the ability to apply these film simulations to your images in-camera. You can also “re-process” your images in-camera using different film simulations. Better yet, you can even see the effects of each one in real-time through the EVF or the rear LCD while photographing. Our latest original infographic explores the various Fujifilm Film Simulations and how they compare to one another.

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CineStill Cs6 Is Aiming to Replace Professional Labs for Slide Film

Quite literally, CineStill is claiming that you won’t need a professional photo lab with their new CineStill Cs6.

CineStill has a huge claim with its latest release today. CineStill is coming out with its new CineStill Cs6 Creative Slide 3-Bath Process. “There’s no longer a need for a darkroom, professional lab or high-tech equipment to create analog photographs,” states the press release. “You can now create beautiful color transparencies at home through one simple process.” In development for a few years, the kit and the other products being announced today could indeed change things for film photographers everywhere. Though we haven’t heard good things about some of their other chemicals, we’re pretty curious about the new Cs6.

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Video: How to Post Process Your Scanned Slide Film (Kodachrome Too!)

Alaistair Bird shows you how to process the scans of your slide film.

Recently, Mr. Bird showed us how he goes about scanning his slide film at home. Today, we’ve got a video from him showing how he edits the images. If you remember, he did it using a DSLR. It’s a fun project to keep yourself busy and to stay tuned into your hobby while quarantined. But in addition to that, it’s also just something to do. Some folks will like scanning their film using a conventional scanner. But no scanner is anywhere as robust as a full-frame sensor in a camera. So after you’ve got the right lighting, here’s what you do.

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No, Vegans, Film Photography Is Not Vegan Friendly

The stereotype of someone being a vegan and a film/analog photographer is very counterintuitive.

Unfortunately for many analog shooters, there is still a stigma against us who shoot film. Because we like old school things and we like the actual connection with our subject while not worrying about all the digital things, we are often also associated with vegans. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they just think it’s part of the culture. But the truth is film photography isn’t vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s pretty far from it.

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Kodak EKTACHROME E100 Soon Available in 120 and Sheet Formats

Ardent film photographers are set to have more options for shooting the beloved Kodak EKTACHROME E100 film as it will soon be available in 120 and sheet film formats.

Film photographers, it’s time to prepare your cameras and wallets! Today’s announcement from Kodak Alaris will surely provoke you to update your stash. In the next 10 days, Kodak Ektachrome E100 will be available worldwide in larger formats, particularly in a five-roll pro pack for 120 format and 10-sheet box for 4×5 sheet film format. This opens up the popular emulsion to more options and bigger projects for today’s most passionate and creative film photographers. 

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There’s a New E-6 Film Developing Kit for Color Slide Film…At Home!

This is exciting news for enthusiasts and students who want to dabble in Color Slide film developing.

In the last few years, film based photography has seen a huge surge in popularity. More and more photographers are returning to analog cameras because of the low cost of many great cameras, and because of the overall look and feel of film based images; something that digital cameras have trouble replicating. Due to the excitement that surrounded an announcement from Kodak in which they stated that they will be bringing back Ektachrome color slide film, OmegaBrandess have just announced that they will be releasing an at-home small batch film developing kit; the Edwal EZ E-6 Kit. Skip through the break to see the full press release. Continue reading…

Useful Photography Tip #189: A PSA for Those Who Shoot Slide Film

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Lots of film photographers only shoot their film, develop and scan it, and then mess with the scans in post afterwards. But if you’re shooting slide film, then you’re probably denying yourself a whole lot of justice. Those who shoot Ektachrome, Provia, Velvia etc. should really put their film down on a white box, get a magnification loupe, and look at all the beautiful details that the original piece has to offer. There are even apps on your phone that will act as a white box–and all you need to do is take the positives, put it down on the screen, and look at the images with a magnification loupe that will let you cut out excess light around the image.

This, perhaps more than anything, is the magic of slide and chrome film. These films were designed to be cut up (at times) and put into projectors so that we can easily see all the details. It’s where the idea of “slides” come from when you’re in a business meeting and a Powerpoint presentation is being done. In this case though, you’re really just looking a those photos and probably not using a projector. If you don’t have a lightbox or anything that can help you look at the details closer, hold it up to a neutral light source and simply look at the positives. The experience is often magical and can’t be put into words.

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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Kodak Teases New Ektachrome 100 Film, Gets Us Wanting Better Scans

Kodak has finally shared some snaps from their successful pilot-scale test of the new Ektachrome 100. All of us are excited, but many are perplexed about the quality of the images.

It’s been over a year since Kodak’s big announcement that they’re bringing back the iconic Ektachrome 100 slide film in 35mm format. The revival was supposed to happen during holiday season 2017, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen and film fans have been kept waiting. After what we can only guess as a rigorous long-term testing, Kodak finally has a substantial update for us in the form of some successful test shots. It definitely stoked the fire for those of us who have been eagerly waiting, but also got most of us wondering if there has been some mistake with scanning the film.

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Review: Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film (35mm Format)

To begin this review, I’m going to say flat out that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film has to, hands down, be the weirdest film I’ve ever worked with. But it’s also been a pleasure and a very fulfilling learning experience in my own pursuits of bettering my photography knowledge. To say this wasn’t a challenge is an extreme understatement. Within three rolls, I tried to “get it right”. Pretty simple you’d think, right? Well, yeah–even I’d sit there and call me a dumbass. Except that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film isn’t a conventional film at all.

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The Basics: How to Create Better Portraits With Instant Film

Instant Film photography is tougher than you’d think; but in the hands of the right photographer it isn’t only a fun creative challenge but also a rewarding one. Believe it or not, working with Instant Film is in some ways like working with slide film. When shooting slide film, you’ve got to work as hard as you can to get the best image according to your own creative vision. There isn’t a whole lot of room for fixing in the darkroom later on. Similarly, with Instant film you’re working with a positive print and you’re not going to have any sort of wiggle room afterwards.

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5 Beautiful Slide Film Emulsions You Can Still Get Your Hands On

It’s a sad thing that chrome film isn’t really available in the same way it used to be. Of course, this is because it’s tougher to work with vs negative film. But if you take the time to really work with it, you’ll be rewarded with images that have a unique character and look to them. Many professional photographers work with it and always did to get images and looks you can’t replicate. So if you feel brave enough and want to take the dive, check out these available slide films.

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EXCLUSIVE: Kodak Ektachrome 100 is Coming Back in 35mm Format

In a super shocking announcement being made today at CES 2017, Kodak is bringing back one of their iconic films: Kodak Ektachrome 100. The announcement goes hand in hand with the emulsion being available in both Super 8 and 35mm still formats. Back in 2012, Kodak discontinued the film citing sales that weren’t as strong as they needed. Last year, 2016, was the fourth anniversary of its discontinuance. Kodak Ektachrome was recommended as the replacement for Kodachrome, and for a short time was Kodak’s only available slide film. Then it disappeared, and Kodak had none available on the market.

But in Q4 of 2017, we’re getting Kodak Ektachrome back.

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Review: RNI Colibri for iOS (Apple iPhone 6s)

It’s sad to believe that there are very few slide films left in the world. Their beauty, when worked correctly, is absolutely stunning–but the processes to develop some of them, combined with just how careful you need to be with them, lead to their decline. Recently, Really Nice Images took it upon themselves to create an app that’s all about emulating the look of these slide films in their app RNI Colibri. For a while now, RNI has been really popular with photographers and uses science and a ton of research to get their looks just right.

Though the results still aren’t quite what film can do at its very best, the majority of the digital community that knows little to nothing about how film truly works is bound to be happy with some of the results.

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Bimal Ramdoyal’s Jaw Dropping Images of Iceland on Velvia

All images by Bimal Ramdoyal. Used with permission.

“I bought my first film camera and things took a different turn then.” says Bimal Ramdoyal; one of the photographers who embraces the analogue world of picture taking. “I fell in love with film.” Bimal started out with his Canon EOS- T1i and still shoots digital for his ‘safe’ shots, but the work he is known for is his film work. Amongst this body of images, we’ve fallen for Bimal’s images of Iceland shot on Velvia–which is as stunning as anything digital can produce.

We asked Bimal some questions about how he got into photography, what draws him to film, why he chooses velvia and of-course – which gear he is using to produce these incredible images.

For any of you interested in film in the slightest, this is a must read.

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An Explanation of Film Types and Formats

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Don’t know how and what film to choose for your first analog camera? Photographer Stefan Litster has an excellent video showing off the various film types and formats. Stefan starts the video off by highlighting the size difference between 35mm, 120mm, and 4 x 5 films. Sure there are many more film formats in the world, but these are the three major sizes most people will be shooting today.

The video then moves along and to a light table to compare the various types of film including black and white and color negatives. Stefan also pulls out a loop (essentially a magnifying glass inside a shot glass) to put slide film positives and medium format negatives under the microscope.

There plenty of more information to mine from the video as Stefan goes over the specifics of different films in collection. The quick introduction is a little bit on the long side with a 20 minute run time, but it informative piece for film photography novices. Be sure to check it out after the break and also take a peek at our introductory guide on shooting film

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