Do you have a good source for chemicals that you care to share? I've done some developing and would like to do it more extensively. I have a couple film cameras and some rolls of BnW kodak film I'd like to shoot and develop on a more serious tip. Thanks for any help you can give.
I’d get my chemicals from B&H if you don’t have a local source. Their prices are pretty reasonable. The downside is that all chemicals must be shipped via ground because, well, they’re chemicals lol
Photography, to me, is the act of making a drawing or etching with light through a lens onto a photo (light) sensitive surface (film)… This is not to be confused with "DIGITAL IMAGING" or what is done with digital cameras. When I hear people refer to themselves as photographers but they use digital cameras, it’s a bit infuriating. It’s like confusing a psychologist with a psychiatrist.
PHOTOGRAPHY is a literal representation of all light reflected off of any object/subject in a given scene onto film. DIGITAL IMAGING is the simulated representation of light reflected off of objects in a given scene through pixels or dots. A digital sensor is an array of dots that simulate, through algorithms and a limited number of colors and tones that can only truly be represented through film. That is why I love film. It’s tangible and real. It’s not a simulated image. A photograph is not simply represented by dots or numbers in a computer. It’s a tangible means of truly capturing an instant in time. Watching an image that YOU created through physical means appear onto paper in the darkroom like magic is something that can never be replicated with a computer.
Photography, to me, is literally using light to draw onto a physical canvas what we see around us. Photo (light) Graphy (Drawing/Writing) is FILM.
Side Note- I do not think that Photography is BETTER than Digital Imaging. I simply prefer film to digital as a personal preference in creating art. Some people prefer Import… Some people prefer Muscle ;-)
How do you continue to shoot film in a digital world. Do develop your photos your self? I shoot digital but i want to get into film with out going broke any tips/pointers. I'm considering the canon AE-1 manual focus. What's your thoughts.
Contrary to popular belief, FILM IS NOT DEAD! I do develop all of my own film and scan everything myself. Outsourcing is what gets expensive. Digital, to me, is just an excuse to be lazy. I just had a conversation with a model about how her last shoot consisted of 1600 photos. She said it was because they wanted everything to be perfect but if I want everything to be perfect, I slow down and think about what I’m going to shoot before I make a picture. That way, if I make 50 images, I end up with 50 great images instead of having 1600 and only using 20. That’s just the way I see it though, some people make great photos digitally.
I started shooting film with a Canon AE-1 and it’s still one of my favorite cameras… aside from the necessity for a battery, its a wonderful camera and makes great photos.
Hey Oliver, I just wanted to send you some hate mail to express how truly disgusted I am with how lovely your photographs are. I mean, how DARE you make such wonderful images? You should really be ashamed of yourself. It's like being in a 6th grade math class and watching that kid who just GETS algebra.
You know… under NORMAL circumstances, I’d let something like this go but seriously, where do you get off telling me about my work when YOUR photos are f*cking incredible!
Receiving messages like this from talented people really makes me want to do better. So you know what!? I’m gonna do just that and I hope you do the same… Race you to the top, sir!
Loving the images on slide film. I've been hesitant on using Velvia on people. For the shot in the street did you light her or straight available light?
I felt the same way for a while. Velvia is often too saturated for people/skin. I’m honestly shocked at how nicely those photos came out. Usually, Provia is my go to for people. I figured because of her fair skin against the snow, Velvia might be just right.
Those particular photos were made with available evening light. The Sun was directly behind me. Caught it just before it disappeared behind the buildings.
Shooting film is nothing more than a preference. As long as someone has the passion for the craft and the drive to get better then they will progress regardless of the medium. Also, what if someone wants to shoot stills AND video?
You’re absolutely right- Anyone who has the desire to get better at their passion or craft WILL get better regardless of their medium. As a teacher, though, I stress the importance of learning to shoot with film as it causes people to SLOW DOWN and think before they shoot because with film, you’re limited to the number of photos you can make. You can’t just go into your menu and delete a photo then try again. It’s a good way to learn if nothing else. As for stills AND video, of course DSLRs are more convenient. That’s a given! But just like photography, any EXPERIENCED cinematographer or director will tell you that as for as QUALITY goes, film is the answer. Reasons why people Tarantino still use it- especially when working with special effects ;-) I’ve seen some brilliant results in video with certain DSLRs with the right glass, though!
Your photography is so mediocre it blows my mind. It's honestly more on the slope leaning toward terrible. You constantly just ask girls to get naked in front of you so you can photograph them. I've seen you do it and it disgusts me. If I ever meet you I'm going to beat your face in just because I feel it is the right thing to do. You're a pervert with a small dick and a nice camera that is your excuse to see girls take their clothes off. Faggot.
I usually don’t respond to “hate mail” but I feel that this needs to be addressed.
Okay, let me guess…
…I photographed your girlfriend and you’re upset because you’re insecure?
You clearly feel some type of way about SOMETHING and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I do know for a fact that you’re not THAT angry simply because of my photographs. I know my photos may offend a more narrow minded or conservative bit of the population but I never thought that my work would provoke violence. If you’re so disgusted by my work, just don’t look at it. It’s that simple.
Now, onto your assumtions about me, my cameras, and my anatomy- I assure you (and anyone else wondering) that I didn’t invest my money in the cameras that I own simply to get women to take their clothes off. Getting someone to take their clothes off isn’t a difficult task at all. You don’t have to buy a camera or call yourself a “photographer” to get people naked. Just go to a bar and order everyone a round of shots of tequila :-) I use my cameras to make art and of course, what one sees as art, others may see as offensive or disgusting as you’ve so eloquently expressed. As for your comment about my body… please don’t project your insecurities onto me. Your shortcomings are not my fault but I’m willing to bet that that’s a big reason why you’re upset.
Lastly, about your desire to “beat my face in”; I’m not a hard person to find here in Atlanta ;-) Just take into consideration that if you do decide to take a swing at me (which is unlikely considering you’ve messaged me anonymously- coward move #1) …but IF you do, be prepared to have a pretty bad day. “I never ran, never will”. ^_^
Anyway, I’m done here… I’ve got photos of naked women to make. You’d better close your eyes. I’d hate for you to be disgusted >.<
Loved your column on cameras. I have to agree with you that a photographer, if he wants to be serious, should learn how to use film. If more photographers felt that way we could still choose from a large variety of emulsions, and paper would not be sky high.But I have to admit now that I've gotten older I find it harder and harder to spend time on my feet in the darkroom. I made the move to digital a couple of years ago I got a D5100 not the camera I really wanted, but it was price I could pay.
I won’t lie- digital certainly is convenient and there are plenty of great choices for those who go that route. Cameras like the D5100 are great cameras in the hands of those who UNDERSTAND what it is to make a proper photograph and what to look for in their lenses. I absolutely LOVE my Fuji X100s but it’ll never be what film is >.< You’re absolutely right though; if more photographers at least experimented with film as a hobby or for fun, there would be so many more analogue options out there.
I’ll say I’m the ocean. a mystery even to myself… deep and vast- home to many ideas and theories that have yet to be explored. calm and majestic but dangerous and unforgiving. Unpredictable and uncontainable.
That being said… this is a question that I will sit and think about for some time.
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” -Bruce Lee