oobxlr8r asked: 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
cashcowboi asked: What's photography to you ?
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 ;-)
offvision asked: 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.
My lovely assistant, Persephone, makes photos while I make photos!
punk-rock-unicorn asked: what kinda camera do you use?
I use a number of different cameras. My favorites being my Leica M6 and my Rolleiflex 2.8D
Depends on the day and situation though. Every tool has it’s place
factoryofbrokendreams asked: What's a good camera to start off with I seen a dslr Fuji film camera for $300 but I'm not sure ?
I’d stay away from Fuji unless you’re looking as their “X” system
A good starter DSLR, in my opinion would be a Nikon D7100 or a used D90… But then again, I’m more of a film guy so I tend not to keep up with most digital trends.
mikedunn asked: Do you used filters when shooting bw film?
Yep… except when using my Leica lenses. Leica makes ridiculously contrasty lenses as is… It’s like they put fairy dust and dragon’s blood on the glass!
For any other lenses, though, I use yellow or orange filters to add a bit more “punch”
myimagesandwords asked: Excellent work with film photography! Seeing your work makes me glad I returned to film for my fine-art photography. All the best!
Thank you! Film certainly has a look that you just cant replicate with a digital camera :-)