Film Photography

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Julia Blaukopf is not afraid to think big, particularly when it comes to her photographs. She’s also not afraid of blurring the lines between fine art and commercial enterprise. Equal parts photographer, designer, visual artist, and entrepreneur, Julia is the founder of Fotografica—an arts-products venture with the goal of re-envisioning options for photography and photo-based products. Above photograph © Julia Blaukopf In this week’s podcast, Julia leads us along her inspiring path—from her early days working with alternative processes and
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There is no denying the classic beauty of film photography. In this class, Sandra Coan teaches you to get started with off-camera lighting as a film photographer. 0:00 - Introduction 1:52 - About Coan 4:11 - How to Create Your Own Light 8:08 - Exposure Between Film & Digital 14:54 - Light Meter 23:33 - B&W Film 26:25 - Working with Slide Film 28:05 - Equipment 34:44 - Light Modifiers 40:18 - Coan's Go-To Gear 41:43 - How to Place the Equipment 44:13 - The Sandra Coan Method 47:58 - Final Thoughts 50:50 - Q&A Ready to tackle off-
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1950s America proved fertile ground for photographers Robert Frank and Todd Webb, who both received Guggenheim Foundation grants to traverse the country in 1955 and record their respective visions. While Frank’s resulting book, The Americans, eventually made him a legend, Webb’s photographs remained unpublished, and were all but lost to history due to a 1970s-era business deal gone bad. The saga of Webb’s unaccounted-for archive and its eventual recovery is one of the juicier tidbits from today’s show, which focuses on the long-awaited
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In an era brimming with instant gratification, some things are worth the wait. This is an apt takeaway from our chat with photographer Charles Daniels about his long-outdated film from the legendary Boston Tea Party and other ’60s-era music venues, rarely processed until recently. Joining Daniels in conversation is his long-time partner Susan Berstler, and Gerald Freyer from Film Rescue International, the unique image processing and digitization specialists entrusted with his mother lode of 4,000-plus
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Berty Mandagie discusses film photography tips that beginners need to know! 0:00 - Intro 0:14 - Tip 1 - Shoot with Confidence 0:36 - Tip 2 - Know Your Camera 1:06 - Tip 3 - Try Them All 1:43 - Tip 4 - Prime Lens 1:59 - Tip 5 - Remember Your Camera Settings 2:35 - Final Thoughts What are your final thoughts? Tell us how you really feel in the Comments section, below!
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In 1966, a twenty-one-year-old French woman bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam, where the American military involvement was becoming a full-scale war. The young Catherine Leroy was an admirer of photographer Robert Capa and the “reportage” she grew up seeing in Paris MATCH magazine, but she had little photojournalism experience. Despite that, and despite her particularly small physical frame, Leroy began as a freelance “stringer,” photographing the growing
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On today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we talk to an old friend about a new book―two-time past guest Amy Touchette joins us to discuss her book of street portraits. She also brings a friend with her, none other than photographer Larry Fink. Is it fair to call Fink a photo legend? We think so, and clearly the people at the
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Since its debut in October 2015, the B&H Photography Podcast has offered weekly conversations with insightful and entertaining guests, on topics most important to the contemporary photographer—from gear and technique to history, science, and art. To commemorate Black History Month, we present to you this compilation of episodes celebrating photographers of color who have appeared on our show. Photograph "Looking Out"  (detail) © Earlie Hudnall Jr., Courtesy PDNB Gallery,
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Join George Tice as he discusses his photography career, from its beginnings to his various photography assignments through the years. What has most inspired you about George Tice’s career? Join us in conversation in the Comments section, below!  
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Every now and again there are conversations that flow and sparkle; they seem laden with professional insights and creative gems. Our chat with photographer Mona Kuhn is one, and perhaps it’s Kuhn’s self-awareness, her quiet confidence, and an ability to articulate her motivations that make it so. There are few who will disagree that her visual stories, her portraits, nudes, landscapes, and photo essays are among the most assured in contemporary photography, and on this episode of
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This is the second episode of the B&H Photography Podcast produced with the collaboration of Leica Camera, and we are pleased to welcome photographer Stella Johnson to the show. It is the “in-between moments of life” that Johnson describes as the subject of her work, work that includes books and
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We cannot be certain, but it is a fair bet that the folks who invented the modern digital cameras, be they DSLR or mirrorless, did not envision that they would be attached to large format view cameras. Can you do it? Yes. Does it work? Yes… I guess. Is it practical and easy? Nope. Should you do it? Maybe. Is it fun? Yes! I will admit, I’ve never shot large format film. I have friends who shoot large format and it always looked super cool watching them adjust focus on a view camera and compose the scene from an inverted image on a beautiful
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Despite digital being the prominent and popular photographic medium, I’m here to count the ways in which film is still better than digital photography. It’s a bold claim, sure, but it’s a subjective topic that is still worthy of discussion. It’s no surprise that digital technology is still, to this day, modeled after film and made to produce photos that look like they were taken with film. Things might be easier and more efficient with digital, but film is still where it’s at. Film Looks Better This is the area where the debate between film
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The years between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries were some of the most inventive for photographic processes. As the camera began to be taken seriously as an expressive tool, photographers started exploring the creative possibilities offered by various printing processes, including pigment-based printing techniques such as carbon printing and later carbro printing. Above photograph: Harry Warnecke, Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937, 1937, carbro print. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution The
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We asked some long-time film-shooting B&H experts and B&H Creators: What is your favorite film/camera combination? Below are their answers and their photos. Don’t forget to check out the B&H Used Department, where you might be able to grab some of the cameras mentioned below! Allan Weitz, B&H — @allanweitz “If I