Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Each year, The Lavazza coffee company hires an influential photographer to shoot an extravagant, fashion editorial-style series of photos for their limited edition calendar. This year it was British photographer Miles Aldridge, taking his inspiration from well known Italian songs.
I'm loving the bright colors, the technicolor feel, and most of all, that he's shooting on film.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
With pinhole photography, you can turn a matchbox, a can of spam, or really any light-tight box into a working camera. All that's really required to purchase is the film and developing.
About developing: Most hour photo labs have to send out for 120 format film like the Holga uses. As much as I dislike Walmart, it does do a fair job of developing color 120 film and will even cross process you film if you specify that on the package. There's a nice how-to over here.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Today my Moo Business cards arrived! Moo is a printing company based out of Europe, but they have a printing press here in the US on the east coast. They make it very easy to have custom cards printed using your own images. But what really makes them special is that not every business card, mini card or postcard need to be the same image for the whole set. In fact, if you get a pack of 50 cards printed, each and every card can have its own photo on the front!
I used their handy Flickr tool to upload images to Moo from my Flickr account. The whole process moves seamlessly and was extremely intuitive. And now, a week later, I have my very own Foto Go-Go business cards right here in front of me!
A word on the quality. Most noticeable is that the cards are not your typical business card size. They are a little bit wider and not quite as long. If you're very particular on the size of your business cards, they may not work. I found the proportions to be extremely composition-friendly, however. That is to say; working out cropping on this slightly different aspect ratio was much easier than a traditional business card.
The heavyweight paper and the finish really make these cards sing. The color is especially nice. Shadow detail is a little muddy, but that could have been I was working from scans of prints instead of film scans. I will reevaluate the black & white cards after getting my next batch, now that I have a film scanner and can work directly from negatives.
All in all, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the cards, and the handsome, rugged display box is a nice touch! They arrived quickly even with standard shipping, and order tracking let me know where the cards were and when they'd get delivered.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Photo Credit: Tom Overton
At its most basic, photography and printing really is a simple process. The right chemicals and an understanding of the process are within almost anyone's ability to grasp. And though it becomes extremely nuanced, layered, and at times seemingly arcane once you start talking about camera types and emulsions and graded papers etc., photography is a hobby like anything else. It's my focus to bring a little simplicity and understanding to film photography, whether you're into lomography and toy cameras, or pinhole or fine art photography.
That said, I was overjoyed when I found this article about developing and printing using coffee as a film and print developer. It does not get much simpler than that! I'm excited to try this out sometime soon! If anyone has any experience in this process, leave some comments for others to read.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Exceptional little clip from a documentary about Ansel Adams working in the darkroom. Touches on his use of burning in and dodging to highlight and add drama to compositions.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Today I set up my flickr account and linked it to this blog. One the right column you should be able to view a small sample of recently uploaded pictures. Or just click here for the gallery.
I also ordered some photo business cards for the blog from moo.com. They have a printing service that allows you to send images over from flickr and have them printed out as business cards. Up to 50 different designs per pack! I'll post a review of how they came out after they get here.