Film Isn’t Dead: The Resurgent Interest in Analogue Photography Video

Thanks to Matt Stuart from In-Public for sharing this short 8-minute film about the resurgence of film photography.

Personally I still love shooting film for the added challenge, how it slows me down, the aesthetic, as well as the surprise when I finally get my film developed. Shooting film (I think) has made me a more disciplined photographer, and also improved my street photography in general. Shooting film isn’t necessarily “better” than shooting digital– it is just different. If you’ve never shot film (or it has been a while), I recommend giving it a go in 2015!

If you want to learn more about shooting street photography on film, I recommend reading some of these articles below:

  1. Introduction to Shooting Film in Street Photography
  2. A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)
  3. Video: Introduction to Darkroom Film Developing and Printing with Taylan Bagci in Istanbul
  4. The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography

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

My Leica MP

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

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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

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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

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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.