A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)

1x1.trans A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)

My Leica MP

I know a lot of street photographers who have gotten into film recently, and have recently invested in film Leicas (specifically Leica m6’s). I wanted to write this guide to share everything I personally know about shooting on a film Leica based on my 3 years of experience.

Disclaimer: I am not a Leica expert, nor do I claim to be. But I will to share some practical tips and insights about film Leicas and how to shoot them on the streets.

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Experimental Color Street Darkroom Prints by Sean Lotman in Japan

1x1.trans Experimental Color Street Darkroom Prints by Sean Lotman in Japan

Sean Lotman is a street photographer based in Kyoto. I recently met up with him in Kyoto and he showed me his beautiful 8×10 color darkroom prints. I was amazed by the colors, poetry, and beauty of the images– and wanted to share some of his work on the blog. You can see my past feature with him here.

Sean is a storytellercritic, and occasional haiku mechanic.

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Review of Rollei Digibase CN200 Color Film for Street Photography

1x1.trans Review of Rollei Digibase CN200 Color Film for Street Photography

Hong Kong, 2014

Recently I hooked up with my buddy Vishal from Hong Kong (he runs Camera Film Photo) and he hooked it up with some Rollei Digibase CN200 film. I was quite excited about the film (as it is new) — and decided to have a go. I shot around 2 rolls of film, and wanted to share some images and share some thoughts about the film.

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The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography

1x1.trans The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography

Digital. C/ Jt White

This guest blog post is by JT White, a street photographer based in Seoul, Korea.

JT: I get asked a lot about film versus digital.

I use both film and digital cameras. Which, depend really depends on a lot of things. It can depend on my mood or on the lens I want to use. I don’t think I really have much of an aesthetic style as opposed to a way of shooting. I decide what camera to use depending on what I have and what my subject is going to be.

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Introduction to Darkroom Film Developing and Printing with Taylan Bagci in Istanbul

While I was in Istanbul teaching my Week-Long Travel Street Photography Workshop with Charlie Kirk, we both attended an Introduction to Darkroom Film with Taylan Bagci. I hope this video can give you some helpful insight into the developing and printing process, if you’ve never done it before. The entire film is quite long at 2 hours, so I’ve chopped it into the relevant sections below:

Part 1: Introduction to Taylan and Darkroom (Beginning to 10:00)

Part 2: Developing the Film (9min:50)

Part 3: Inspecting the Processed Film (1hr:11mins)

Part 4: Printing Preparation (1hr:22mins)

Part 5: Printing the Test Strips (1 hr:55mins)

If you want to learn about darkroom printing in Istanbul, contact Taylan at taylan@taylan.net or check out his website.

Interview with Jesse Marlow from In-Public on His New Street Photography Book: “Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them”

1x1.trans Interview with Jesse Marlow from In Public on His New Street Photography Book: Dont Just Tell Them, Show Them

Jesse Marlow is a street photographer based in Melbourne, and a member of In-Public. He recently published his book: “Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them.” The images were shot over a 9 year period on the streets of Australia and Europe and features 50 color photographs. I interview him on his start in street photography, the book-making process, and his interest in color film.

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Interview with Todd Breslow: Developer for the free “Develop!” iPhone App

1x1.trans Interview with Todd Breslow: Developer for the free Develop! iPhone App

Screenshot of the free “Develop!” iPhone Application

Eric’s Note: I am excited to share this interview with Todd Breslow, a street photographer and the developer of the free “Develop!” iPhone App — which helps you process your own black and white film. He loves street photography with his Leica M3 and working in analog, and lives in Philadelphia with his spouse, two sons, and two cats. When not developing film he can be found tending to his beehives or taking a bike ride. Todd works in the Automotive industry.

Check out my interview with him on how/why he made the application for the community!

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Street Photography is What Keeps Me Sane: Jerry Pena from New York

1x1.trans Street Photography is What Keeps Me Sane: Jerry Pena from New York

Eric’s note: Earlier this year in NYC I bumped into Jerry Pena, a street photographer living in upstate NY. Funny story, he took a street photograph of me, and then I ran after him (not to beat him up) but to just chat. We shot a bit together, chatted about street photography, and I saw some of his color film work – and loved his refreshing style and aesthetic. See more of his color street photos below.

Jerry: My name is Jerry Pena and I’m a 27 year old construction worker living in upstate NY. I have a lot of time off in between jobs and street photography is what keeps me sane. I have always noticed the strange characters and interesting moments that happen on the streets of NYC and always wondered how I could captured them.

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An Introduction to Shooting Street Photography With Film

1x1.trans An Introduction to Shooting Street Photography With Film

So many choices, so little time. Dotwell Camera in Hong Kong

For the last year and a half or so, I have been shooting my personal street photography on exclusively film. After shooting digital for around 7 years or so, it has been a great experience so far and I have learned a ton.

When I first wanted to start shooting street photography I had a lot of fears. What if the photos don’t turn out? What settings should I use? What film is ideal? Where do I get my film processed? Or should I process it myself? What camera should I use? What chemicals do I need? The list goes on.

I am certainly not an expert when it comes to shooting film, but I wanted to write this article as a primer for those of you who want to get your feet wet (but may not know where to start). I will use my personal experiences and opinions– but of course, feel free to experiment. And if you see any mistakes in this article, please correct me in the comments below and I will revise it.

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