A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: ALTERNATIVE FILM PROCESING

This here photograph (an outtake of Ms. Grace Kelly) is from a favorite Flickr photographer, although in retrospect he may not want to be referred as that so I shall recant and just add him on my list of favorite photographers, does that work for you Mr. Palumbo?  I sure hope so.
As promised I was going to share an amazing photo processing workshop. It’s called the Photographer’s Formulary and it’s located in Montana.  I want to go so badly it hurts. If you are like me and are on a shoestring budget they do offer kits.  The only problem I have with that is that I am not known to follow directions very well and when you are working with caustic chemicals that could be a disaster waiting to happpen. Why is this so exciting?  Well because they show you how to work with antique processes that are not readily available in this here 21st century.  I know a lot of you (like myself) have a predilection for vintage and this feels like the ultimate in creating a non-phony vintage, heirloom quality memory, but what do I know?
::RESOURCES FOR FILM PHOTOGRAPHY::
I am assuming these posts were either– A) a bust, since it’s been crickets in the comment section or B) a total success and you all have been rushing to the links.  I still have one more day of posting but Friday I think I will give you a guide to digitally achieve film looks.  It seems to be all the rage.

A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: 620 FILM FOR YOUR VINTAGE BROWNIE

This post is going to be filled with links so get ready to procrastinate!  As promised I am sharing where to buy film for your vintage Brownie and how to load it.  You can pick these cute cameras up for about five bucks just about anywhere.  If you are paying more than that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I wanna sell ya…Speaking of over paying, you will be paying quite a pretty penny to buy this film when you could re-spool your own or try your hand at modifying 120 film.  I say time is money, so just let me pay premium for the film and call it a day. You? You can save the money by developing it at Target, or Walmart (World renown for their photo developing skills) so I think this can be a win-win no matter which route you take.  Even better yet you can learn to develop the film yourself and be really smug with your film prowess.
::RESOURCES::
I’ve decided to save the coolest film photography workshop ever until tomorrow, because it really deserves its own post.  Before I close up this series, if you have any questions please let me know, I just may have a resource for you. Gosh, I sure hope I have inspired a few of you to break out those Brownie’s and shoot your heart out and haven’t just been flapping my gums here all week in vain.
::photo by tristan b.::

A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: ELLIOT ERWITT + MORE RESOURCES

Elliot Erwitt is one of my all time favorite photographers. I was fortunate enough to catch an Erwitt exhibit at the International Center for Photography (if you are in NYC they have classes too).  If you are familiar with his work you may not have realized that a lot of his seemingly spontaneous and ‘at the right place at the right time’ shots were staged. I think for any budding photographer this offers a glimmer of hope that you might be able to create your own magic. If you are looking for the challenge of treasure hunting a magic moment don’t fret, there is a whole booming community dedicated to street film photography. Photographer Nitsa is a dedicated explorer of techniques and experimentation calling her style Non-photography, her blog is filled with information and she even created an e-book guide.  I stayed up one night way too late going through her archives. 

Tomorrow I am going to share with you what looks like the coolest film developing workshop ever and where to get film to shoot with your vintage Kodak Brownie or Argus and better yet how to load them! So for those of you that have been bummed that you don’t have Photoshop to create all those vintage photo effects that are so popular you will be able to thumb your nose at those fakers (like me) and shoot the real deal.  If you can’t wait until tomorrow perhaps you would like to visit Lomo?  Did you know you can take very inexpensive photo classes at their stores? I hope you have decided to loot your parents garage for an old film camera or are planning to do some serious garage sale-ing this weekend (I bought a near mint condition 35mm Canon film camera with three zoom lenses for $40 at one) the deals are out there but people are buying them up fast and with everything you are going to learn this week you are going to want to go out and practice.
 

A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: FILM PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

As I hustle to get more images up in my shop, I thought I would continue my dedicated week of posts. This week I wanted to dedicate it to film photography sharing some of my favorite resources and  film photographs.  I know a lot of bloggers + readers have an infinity for photography and it seems more and more are interested in the nostalgia of film and the effect that you can seemingly only achieve by shooting film.  For me, being basically the cro-magnon of bloggers, I shoot digitally as if I have an expensive roll of 24 exposures in my camera. I take my time set up the shot and shoot thoughtfully, thus my progress in getting my photographs styled, shot, edited and loaded is often an epic task–I am seriously slow. I am not going to change anytime soon no matter how many times I try to tell myself that I can take as many shots as my heart desires it’s ingrained in me to not waste any film. I’m going with it.  Good thing as I actually own quite a few film cameras.  I had never even considered myself being a collector but it seems as if I have inadvertently become one.  My Fancy gave me a 35mm vintage Nikon for a birthday, it’s an amazing camera but it’s heavy, it feels like you are carrying an iron brick around, which makes spontaneous shooting not an option. I have many, many more all with equal functional obsolescence. I recently bought myself a gorgeous refurbished Polaroid which is what brought me to the Film Photography Project.  The FPP dispels any film confusion with witty banter and easy to follow along videos. It’s a film enthusiasts mecca and best yet, they are still small enough that you can probably ask any burning questions you may have and get them answered. I think the FPP is a great place to explore this medium if you are like me and feel overwhelmed by where to get started on your film photography journey. I’ll be back tomorrow with another cool resource but let me leave you a link to Jose Villa, a phenom in the wedding photography world that shoots only in film, I hope he inspires you as much as he has inspired me.

A WEEK OF E MAGS:: ANTLER MAGAZINE

Antler Magazine in a world of new media publications is a virtual veteran of the medium. The name is great because we already established that I am an antler fan. It’s definitely more on the artsy side  (so don’t expect girly, preppy or decor) but they get high marks for their superb artist finds. I find myself going back to it to discover new (to me ) creatives quite often. I say read it. 

Well, it is Friday, it went by quite fast, no?  I am going to try to pop in tomorrow and add a list of e mags to my ‘little pretties’ tab. I know there’s some amazing ones out there like Lonny and Rue, but I hope I was able to introduce you to some of the up & comers and today’s ‘oldie’ but goodie.
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