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Film Cameras Have Personalities It’s certainly an intangible, non-quantifiable aspect of film p...
Film Cameras Have Personalities
It’s certainly an intangible, non-quantifiable aspect of film photography, but different cameras seem to impart unique qualities to the images they produce. Sure, one could make a similar argument for digital cameras, but those who love film cameras have access to some of the most functionally exquisite and unique devices ever designed. And many of them can be obtained for next to nothing. None of this will make you a better photographer, but the wide wacky assortment of different cameras out there will keep things interesting.
Shooting Film Teaches Discipline
Discipline, in all areas of life, is a virtue. When you’re confronted with limitations you’re forced to be particularly smart about how you use the resources available to you. A roll of film represents a limitation: typically you get 12, 24, or 36 shots per roll. Each costs and each roll costs to develop. Given the significant shrinkage in demand for film services, the costs can be substantial. This should be seen less as a put-off and more as a call for discipline. You can’t afford to waste frames. There is no delete button with film. So it is in your best interest to be more prudent about both what you’re shooting and how you’re shooting it. The convenience of digital photography might cause some to become lazy with their technique; film will rid you of that lack of discipline.
Shooting Film Helps Improve Your Technical Proficiency
While I’ve never placed technical perfection above creativity, the fact remains that knowing how to create a competent exposure is a vital skill. Digital cameras are more than capable of doing most or all of the work for you, which is why some people never learn to shoot in manual mode. With a fully manual film camera, on the other hand, it’s almost like being in a boat without a lifejacket. Everything better go right or else. In time you will become a master of reading light, which is arguably the most important technical skill any photographer can posses. Achieving proper exposure with a manual film camera may be a unique challenge that will require some experimentation (and possibly lead to the dreaded waste of film), but assuming that you process your own film you will be happy to discover that film can be rather forgiving.
Shooting Film Makes You a More Studious Photographer
I suppose this is just another way of saying film slows you down. But that’s not a bad thing at all. Too many digital photographers have grown comfortable relying on a run-and-gun method of shooting, hoping to capture a keeper and simply delete the rest. The slowness associated with shooting film is very much related to the idea of discipline mentioned above; it’s not wise to burn through a whole roll of film with the same frames-per-second induced abandon as you would with a digital camera. With film, the less room for error; you have to slow down, think about your composition and exposure, wait for the scene to unfold in front of you before you press the shutter button. A more measured approach is likely to result in more keepers, something that should be a priority for any photographer, regardless of the medium.
You Will Love Film's Imperfections
Just like the cameras mentioned above, different films have different qualities. The particular quirks of a film become more pronounced as it decays and reaches its expiration date. To be sure, expired film is perfectly usable but the results you get can be a bit…surprising. Whether its vignetting or extreme color shifts or some other visually perceptible oddity, film is a medium whose aesthetic qualities simply can’t be replicated by even the best digital filters and presets. Again, this is mostly about the fun factor of film photography, but what’s the point of trying something new if you aren’t having fun?
Themes We currently have five beautiful and unique themes to choose from. Take a look and try them ...
We currently have five beautiful and unique themes to choose from. Take a look and try them out. We'll be adding more soon, so stay tuned.
Your Administration Area
This is where the magic happens: pick your theme, upload your photos, create your galleries, and you're all set. Add personalized pages and e-commerce to give your site an extra edge.
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Ask anyone reasonable with a love for the art and they'll tell you that photography is one o...
Ask anyone reasonable with a love for the art and they'll tell you that photography is one of the honorable disciplines. However, hand them a glamorously bound book erupting with samples of photography and they will place it underneath the coffee mug to protect the table from stains.
This is a list of our top 5 favorites representing an attempt, however incomplete, to reseat the photo book in its rightful place lining your books shelves or at the very least spark some compelling conversation around the coffee table.
1. Working the Light: A Photography Masterclass (Light & Land series)Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, and David Ward are among Britain’s best known and most respected landscape photographers. In this book, they join forces to present a unique masterclass combining stunning imagery, inspiring commentary, and practical advice. The book is divided into three sections—Wilderness, Inhabited, and Inner-landscapes—and, alongside a portfolio of their latest work, each writes knowledgeably and insightfully about the genre for which they are known. It is an invaluable compendium of collective wisdom and experience for aspiring and experienced photographers. Charlie Waite’s previous books include The Making of Landscape Photographs, Joe Cornish is the author of Light and the Art of Landscape Photography, and David Ward’s most recent book is Landscape Within.
2. Fine Art Printing for Photographers: Exhibition Quality Prints with Inkjet Printers, 2nd EditionToday's digital cameras provide image data files allowing large-format output at high resolution. At the same time, printing technology has moved forward at an equally fast pace bringing us new inkjet systems capable of printing in high precision at a very fine resolution, providing an amazing tonality range and longtime stability of inks. Moreover, these systems are now affordable to the serious photographer. In the hands of knowledgeable and experienced photographers, these new inkjet printers can help create prints comparable to the highest quality darkroom prints on photographic paper.
This book provides the necessary foundation for fine art printing: The understanding of color management, profiling, paper and inks. It demonstrates how to set up the printing workflow as it guides the reader step-by-step through this process from an image file to an outstanding fine art print.
3. Color and Light in NatureWe live in a world of optical marvels - from the commonplace, but beautiful rainbow, to the rare and eerie superior mirage. Have you ever asked yourself how a rainbow is formed, why the setting sun is red and flattened, or even why the sky at night is not absolutely black? If so, then allow David Lynch to provide you with the answers. This beautiful and informative guide provides clear explanations to all naturally occurring optical phenomena seen with the naked eye. It offers complete and easy-to-understand insights into shadows, halos, water optics, mirages and a host of other spectacles. Separating myth from reality, it outlines the basic principles involved, and supports them with many figures and references. A wealth of rare and spectacular photographs, many in full colour, illustrate these phenomena throughout, with many helpful hints on how you can best observe and photograph them. Color and Light in Nature provides a complete, well-illustrated, and authoritative guide to seeing, photographing and understanding nature's optical delights.
4. Examples: The making of 40 PhotographsEach of Ansel Adams 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject and includes reminiscences of the places and people involved.
5. Galen Rowell: A RetrospectiveGalen Rowell was the archetypal adventure photographer, his iconic images published in leading magazines and scores of books, exhibited in major galleries, and cherished by fans ranging from the Dalai Lama to news anchor Tom Brokaw. When he and his wife and business partner, Barbara Cushman Rowell, perished in a small-plane crash in 2002, he had just completed a landmark assignment for National Geographic and had begun making stunning new images of his favorite old haunts in the Sierra Nevada.
Fortunately for us, his productivity was immense and his photographs eticulously archived, making possible this first and only comprehensive retrospective of his work. It includes more than 175 images representing all phases and dimensions of Rowell’s singular career, chosen by the editors with whom he worked most closely, overseen by his family and studio colleagues, and reproduced to the highest standards of lithography from digital masters of his 35mm frames. Complementing and illuminating the pictures are essays and commentaries by Rowell’s friends and associates from the worlds of mountaineering, conservation, photography, and publishing, along with an in-depth biographical introduction by Robert Roper and an appreciation of his work by photography critic Andy Grundberg.
What are the first steps to be successful at marketing YOU. Rather than wasting time creating elabo...
What are the first steps to be successful at marketing YOU. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, learn how to adapt and adjust your approach to create and manage a successful photography business in an age when photography is everywhere.
With over 1 billion people using Facebook. Twitter has over 600 million users. Instagram has over 300 million active monthly users, and LinkedIn comes in at 300 million. Don't forget the countless bloggers out there. Blogger alone comes in at 500 million users. One might just argue that social media is in fact the glue that creates highly worthwhile user interaction on the web.
We’re not saying that every social media outlet will work for every photographer, but there’s enough real evidence to suggest that a strong social media campaign can translate into real marketing exposure and real revenue. The key point to remember is that your website is not a daily destination for your customers. On the other hand, hundreds of millions of people login to Facebook daily, so it’s important that you go where your customers already are.
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