Darkroomist Photographic culture of the analog variety from the fresh coast.

3Apr/150

Cost Comparison of Film and Digital Photography

Pdexposures.tv put together a nice info graphic of the cost difference between film and digital photography. Considering you're lucky to get 5 years out of a $3k digital camera the film path is looking pretty good, but that's only taking two thousand pictures a year. A big number in film but a small number in digital photography.

Cost comparison between film and digital photography

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3Apr/150

Skillshare and Lomography Tag Team

Lomography and Skillshare are teaming up to bring you an introductory class to shooting with Lomo and film cameras. Shoot film, upload to lomography.com, tag the images and you can win a Deluxe Diana camera kit. Free online class, free camera competition, if you've been thinking about shooting film this would be a good start!

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2Apr/150

What’s in My Bag – Light Weight Photo-Walk Edition

Yesterday me an a couple friends got together for a couple beers and an evening stroll around Carrolton which is in Saginaw County Michigan. There were old schools, store fronts, grain elevators, trains, wheat grass in the sunset, concrete plants, all kinds of stuff to see. I wanted to shoot film mostly and leave the digital to my iPhone 5. This is what I packed to keep it light and easy. Not a whole lot of thought needed for any of these cameras which means your mind can focus more on composition. So here's what's in my bag:

Olympus XA rangefinder
Konica Big Mini 25mm
iPhone 5
Holga (circa 2003 that I customized)
Konica Big Mini 35-70mm Zoom
Zoom Digital Audio Recorder
2x Rolls of Tri-X 400 120
Roll of Kentmere b&w100
Roll of Arista Premium B&W 400
Roll of Kodak 400vc
UTG Multi-functional Tactical Messenger Bag

What's in my bag

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1Apr/150

Konica Big Mini Zoom

Konica Big Mini Zoom

Today's film camera is the Konica Big Mini. I was reading an Ed Templeton interview some time ago and he was talking about the cameras he uses. The Big Mini was towards the end of the list but I was interested. Now he probably meant the 35mm fixed lens version of this camera that usually goes for north of $100. I found this zoom version for south of $25. Takes pretty good pics considering. Haven't printed any but the #negatives look great. Yes it's a P&S with not many controls. But it's tiny the zoom range is ok and it's a great camera to take when the family wants you to keep the gear to a minimum. Fun camera for fun times capable of taking some seriously good images!

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31Mar/150

Mondo2000: A Users Guide to the New Edge

From my library Mondo2000: A Users Guide to the New Edge. I loved this book and it was a huge influence on me. It came at a point when computer graphic design first became usable and images were first digitized and manipulated. Mondo2000 is an incredible glimpse into the primordial ooze that birthed a Digital Pre-Cambrian Explosion of experimentation, diversity, and ultra-visual communication. It started as a magazine which I often bought at the only book shop in town that carried it. Great art, exciting technology, visionary thinking. It was super cool to a 17 year old in 1992. While some of its prophesies have come to pass (people read hyper text every day!) and some have not it still holds a special place on my shelf and I like to flip through it both for nostalgia and inspiration. Amazon has copies used for $0.10 so it's about the best almost free book out there in my humble opinion. Every image that wasn't CGI (and you can easily tell) was most likely shot on film and scanned as digital cameras were extremely expensive and had poor resolution back then.

Mondo2000: A Users Guide to the New Edge

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29Mar/150

Intax TLR? Sweet!

MiNT has released the Instaflex, a true TLR instant camera that uses Instax film. It has a lot of great features, like aperture auto exposure, 4 F stops to pick from, bulb setting, flash, real ground glass to focus on, etc. The major bummer is the $319 price tag.

PDExposure's review of MiNT's Instaflex, TLR Instax camera

Check out MiNT's site to learn more or purchase:
Instaflex TLR instant camera

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28Mar/151

Batman Loves the Film.

Batman loves the film.

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26Mar/150

An old article on making a really tiny darkroom!

Article on closet darkroom

Ok, here's an old article on making a darkroom in as little space as possible. It's hard to read but if you click the pic you should be able to make everything out on the full resolution version. I would not recommend working this way, but in a pinch it'll do. I myself had a bathroom darkroom at one point. Perhaps more on that later. Point is, you can make do with very little space. At some point you will need running water for washing film or prints but that can be done in daylight. Still carrying fixed, unwashed, wet, prints around your house is far from ideal.

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25Mar/150

Th Canon AE-1 in Black

Canon AE-1 Film SLR

This is my Canon AE-1 in black. Back in the 70's and 80's black cameras were considered more professional. With a black AE-1 a pro could carry a less expensive body as a 2nd or back up to an F1 or A1 and still have compatibility with lenses, flash, etc. The Canon AE-1 is one of the best selling SLRs of all time. It is shutter priority with and the first with a microprocessor controlled metering that is still considered exceptionally accurate today. If you want a good, all around beginner's SLR to start shooting film with, you can't go wrong with a good Canon AE-1. It was my first SLR that my father gave me when he upgraded to an EOS. In fact the 50mm/1.8 lens on this camera came with the kit my Mother bought or my Dad in 1980.

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25Mar/150

John Deakin

John Deakin

John Deakin was a photographer for Vogue magazine back in the day. His work was largely forgotten and poorly handled. Much of it shows the ravages of time. He was very much about raw, truthful portraiture which of course put him at odds with the golden age of Hollywood glamour photography.

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