A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY | FILM IS NOT DEAD

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filn is not dead besotted blog ii I grew up when film was the only option for photography, but I never took a class, although I wanted to.  It came down to budget. When I was in school you could only take a photography class if you had access to a 35mm manual camera, unlike now where you could get one (a good one at that) for under $20, cameras were very expensive and since I knew nothing about photography other than I had an interest in it, it seemed like something out of my reach. As a young adult I was still interested, but photo classes at the time ran hundreds of dollars. What I LOVE the most about the internet is that it is very democratic, you don’t have to be part of the elite to be able to explore your interests. There’s a plethora of information at your finger tips and I hope in a small part that I too am now contributing to that.

When I met my boyfriend (now husband) the one thing that impressed me the most was how intently he listened to what I was interested in. I told him I always wanted a camera and for my birthday he gifted me one. It changed my life, it wasn’t just a camera but a new set of eyeballs. I will be forever grateful. Now as an adult, a little older than my younger self, I am thrilled that there is a whole subset of photographers out there embracing the film medium and making it accessible to people like myself.  I was initially very frustrated with the information that was available about film photography.  When I first started dipping my toe into the analog photography waters I checked-out books from the library, but they all seemed over my head, I wanted to know how to be able to use film in the 21st century. As  I researched further, one name continued to pop-up time after time and that was Jonathan Canlas. Jonathan had started teaching workshops called Film is not dead.  The workshops were way out of my price range, since photography for me is a hobby and not my profession, I couldn’t justify the investment.  I did sign-up for Jonathan’s mailing list and was glad I did. The day his book with Kristen Kalp became available he announced it and I bought it.  It is by far the best book for a newbie to film in these modern times.  Jonathan’s style is more masculine than what I would shoot (or could shoot), the book is very no-nonsense and conversational.  He goes through everything–film, cameras, settings, film development with beautiful examples of his work throughout the book, all in a voice that is very easy to comprehend. If you have any interest in film photography buy this book!  I say buy rather than check-out at the library because I often find myself going back to it and looking things up, it’s a reference and I would be sad if I couldn’t have it at the ready.  It has made me covet medium format photography and I want a Contax 645 camera more than just about any camera (including the Canon Mark 5D III). If you are scratching your head and wondering where to start get the book!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE::DECKLED EDGE RULER

Deckled-Edge-Ruler-Besotted-Blog jpgI love details. What details? All of them, on everything. I think simple is very beautiful, but sometimes the addition of a subtle detail like deckled edges on your stationery can elevate it to another level. Years ago I found an interesting ruler at the craft store that would create the edges I coveted.  It was a hideous looking tool, bright metallic purple (why are all craft tools purple?), I spray painted mine gold. It comes with two edges for creating the deckling. One edge you’ll need to ignore, it will make your stationery look like something from the Flintstone’s, not the elegant detail we are after. What makes this tool so remarkable is the simplicity of use, you are basically tearing the paper or cardstock against the fine jagged edge. You just place the ruler (really, I write ruler but I have never measured with it and neither will you) on top of the item you want to create the edge on, leave a bit of paper sticking out so you can grasp it and just rip against the edges.  Viola! You have a beautiful, organic edge. Could you use a straight-edge ruler? Yes, but your tear will be more uniform and will be absent of the interest created by the jagged edges on the deckled ruler and it will look like you just ripped your paper and that’s not very elegant right?  It will take a few times to get the hang of how much pressure to use, but after the fourth time you should be able to zip through stacks of paper. What paper is best?  Light-weight paper to medium weight cardstock seem to rip the easiest. This looks great on photos if you print on matte paper. If you want to tear your own watercolor sheets, which usually come with only one deckled-edge you will now have in your arsenal the ability to tear on all four sides. Think of the possibilities–place cards, gift tags, menus. This is perfect if you are doing any sort of DIY event from weddings to holiday parties.  I think it’s another great tool to have and I use mine all the time. It would be especially great if you are a chronic d.i.y’er, photographer, event planner, or artist, so basically the entire blogosphere. Have you ever tried anything like this before?  If so any tips or tricks that I have missed here?

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.

THE YEAR OF LETTERING BY KELLY CUMMINGS

Kelly Cummings Besotted BlogI recently discovered the lettering work of Kelly Cummings and what immediately struck me was her enthusiasm and willingness to share what she has learned.  Kelly a photographer by trade recently picked up nib and  ink and started her grand lettering adventure. Her site aptly named ‘The Year of Lettering’ is not only a showcase of her progress, but is filled with tips and answers to questions from fellow lettering enthusiasts. I loved reading the q & a’s sandwiched between her beautiful work. Her dedication to learning a new craft is so inspiring.  If you have been reading these weekly lettering posts you know how much emphasize I put on practice. You can get better at anything if you put the time in, it doesn’t have to be lettering if you want to be a better photographer, writer, reader, cook, parent, what have you, you need to dedicate the time.  I practice my lettering every day, sometimes I only get a few stolen moments in but I know the more I practice the better I become and the more accomplished I feel.  When I started this lettering journey I couldn’t even remember how to write cursive as I have been utilizing an architect’s hand for more years than I can remember. I was convinced that perhaps I wouldn’t have the aptitude for it (it’s always good to start off a project with a ‘can’t do attitude’. I jest), but I have just persevered and I am thrilled with my own progress, it’s not perfect and many times not even good, but if you told me I would be able to do this a year ago I would have rolled my eyes at you. Practice friends, that’s all it takes, you can do it! I do hope Kelly inspires you as much as she has me to go out and try something you have been wanting to do, share your experience and to just put your work out there and see what happens.  It’s scary but could lead to some wonderful things. Here’s to wishing Kelly many more days of continued inspiration.

P.S. I love this deco inspired quote + illustration. I recently saw the trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby’ adapted by Baz Lurhmann and I can not wait to go see it–sumptuous is what comes to mind. It looks like there will be some serious eye candy–the costumes, the sets, the actors every detail looks magnificent!

P.P.S. Skillshare is launching what looks like will be an amazing illustrative lettering class for only $20!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.

PINTEREST CURATOR | TINA FUSSELL

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I was almost hesitant to do a mention on today’s Pinterest curator Tina Fussell as I know we all have multiple responsibilities-jobs, relationships, maybe children or at the very least pets and if you dare visit Tina’s nearly 80 boards you are guaranteed to neglect one or all of those things. You may not eat, or sleep either as she has packed her boards with carefully organized and well-labeled sections. It seems Tina and I share the same predilection for claw footed tubs in modern settings (see her bathrooms that inspire board), it’s all about the contrast, right?  Her Creative Spaces has me already day dreaming about my future studio space and I think that her Corners board is genius, corners? Really? You can dedicate a whole board to corners? 222 pins worth of corner goodness if you need proof.  And on a side note, I love the color of that door, a little blushy, a little plum-ish, a dash of nude with a pinch of gray, isn’t it divine? It’s my kind of color,  subtle, soft, works well against the neutrals and adds the perfect amount of interest, but doesn’t call out for attention. Yes, I can get behind that color indeed.  I shall leave you to go off and explore Tina’s boards, I may not hear from you for about a week or so since you will sitting there mesmerized in front of your Pinterest account, but I did forewarn you…

P.S. If you would like to be considered as a future curator send me an email or leave your Pinterest link below. I pinky promise that I will stop by and visit!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.

CALIFORNIA BOUND::JEN HUANG PHOTO WORKSHOP

Jen Huang Photo Workshop BesottedLast week I mentioned we were moving again and a lot of emails and phone calls ensued asking where? When? Etc.  I can tell you that I quite don’t know yet, but I do know we will be leaving our country home in the South this May. I have the opportunity to attend Jen Huang’s Photo Workshop next week in Santa Barbara and decided it would be the most perfect time to start scouting potential locations for our next home.  I will start my adventure in the City of Angels, drive to Santa Barbara for the workshop and perhaps get the good fortune to meet a long admired friend I met via these interwebs. I will fly to San Francisco (my favorite American city) and get to meet another lovely new friend, more scouting and then off to Seattle to scout some more and meet even more amazing people!  Yes, being isolated in the country has made me extremely social on the internet, I have broken out of my hermit shell and am blossoming into one of those people that takes initiative and actually meets people IRL (that’s in real life), how very novel!  I now know that I want to be living in a place where there are people and I can walk to get good coffee in the morning. Not too much to ask for, right?

But back to the workshop! Once I finally share my goals with you (one of which is to work on my procrastination problem), you will see that I have actually started to accomplish much of them and we are only three months into 2013! This is a great sign. I love progress. One of those goals is to focus on becoming a better photographer and to try an alternative photo process, this workshop is a film workshop which would fall under both improvement + an alternative (to digital) process. To say I am out of my mind with excitement is a complete understatement. If you have been on the internet you have seen Jen Huang’s work, it is hard to miss as she is often featured on the very best wedding blogs in the world and her work is pinned about a zillion times an hour. She is wildly talented, smart and this is the kicker–beautiful. Really? Are you allowed to possess all three things?  Aren’t there laws in the universe against this? And she’s nice too, just an all around wonderful individual. I feel so lucky that I was able to land a coveted spot in her workshop as they usually sell out as soon as she mentions them, for good reason the word on the street is she goes above and beyond your expectations. I just feel so honored to be able to be in the same room with her. I have so many unanswered questions about working with film (which I have been experimenting with on my own for the past 8 months) and it’s going to be great being around other film enthusiasts. Li Ward a photographer + lettering artist whom I featured here previously attended Jen’s NYC workshop and had nothing but great things to say and even better results. I can’t wait to start my adventure!

P.S. Next week I will be devoting the entire week to film photography, what I have learned so far, cameras, film types, resources, inspiration and even re-creating the look in the digital darkroom!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She’s traveling to the West Coast next week and can’t wait to see the Pacific.