Sunday, March 24, 2013

FILM NEWS: Fujifilm to Raise Film Prices

As of April 2013, Fujifilm will raise their prices on all photographic films. This includes Color Negative Film, Color Reversal Film, Black and White Film and Quick Snap. This is in spite of the price rise implemented in May 2012. The press release even is worded almost identically to the once posted last May. They have said the change is due to a decreasing demand for film, so here's some advice to stop that common misconception. 

Advice from A.R. :

  • Tell EVERYONE about film, and it superiority in the photography world.
  • Start a film photography club.
  • Get friends that shoot digital to try film out.
  • Most of all, keep buying film. Not just from Fuji, but from Kodak, Lomography, Ilford, and others. 
The only way we can keep the film market alive and healthy, is feeding it. Keep buying film, and tell everyone you know, about the wonders of film. 

What's in Your Camera Bag? No. 2

What's in Your Camera Bag?

March Issue
Written by Leslie Lazenby

First a little bit about Leslie...

She wasn't quite born with a camera in her hands, but it wasn't long before she discovered the art of photography. Teaching photography and always working in the industry, she was never satisfied with the "norm" and found the many avenues of alternative photography kept her inspired. She is an avid promoter of traditional film photography with a life long love and passion for Polaroid and instant imaging. People are curious when they see her use classic cameras, and she always takes the opportunity to educate them on the joys of traditional film photography. Currently she is the owner of Imagine That and The Mecca Studio in Findlay, Ohio and can be heard occasionally on The Film Photography Project's internet radio show sharing her passions for all things related to traditional photography. 
You can view her Flickr photostream at: 

My camera bags, yes bags are packed for each adventure or assignment, then usually stay packed with this equipment until the next event. Sometimes certain items stay in there for years.  Both bags shown are packed for adventure rather than an assignment.

Like most females I don't have just one bag, I have a few, each for different situations. So "What's in Your Camera Bag" first requires an explanation of my two camera bags and their reason for being my favorites.  My two main camera bags are a Tundra Chameleon and a 20+ year old Domke Reporter's bag. 

The Tundra is a lightweight  ballistic nylon bag called the Chameleon. It is nice and slim when minimal equipment is packed, but when needed the body unzips to expand the main section and the padded walls become customizable pockets and dividers. The front is also smartly laid out with all kinds of pockets and the back contains a large zippered document pocket. I can customize it to hold my medium format cameras or even my Leonard wide 8x10 pinhole and a few film holders.  I replaced the original shoulder strap with an Op/Tech weight reducing non-slip version. This loaded bag is currently housing top to bottom:

Polaroid SLR680  - I never go anywhere without a Polaroid Camera.

A Demekin, Pop Eyed Fisheye 110 film Camera with a roll of Lomography Orca attached. I was glad to find this little camera. I didn't know where it was; it had swam to the bottom of the bag!

Imperial Satellite 127 1960's camera with matching flash attached. This "toy" camera is so much fun to use. It  never fails to start conversations. It is loaded with Murano color negative film. Tucked in beside the Satellite is a Minolta IV exposure meter. 

Sharpie Fine Point markers - and Frog painters tape. Two very indispensable items. The frog tape is used for repairs, labeling, notes, holding 35mm film in 120 cameras and many other uses.

A chop stick for manipulation of  Polaroid photographs. Although I can manipulate with anything from a dinner fork to car keys this chop stick is my tool of choice. It has been with me for 20 years.

P-Size Cokin filters - Red, Yellow, 81B warming, circular polarizer and hidden in front of these not seen is a TIffen 62mm enhancing filter. You may notice that there are no Cokin holders in here, I never take the time to attach them, I just hold them in front of the lens, shoot and move on. I use the large P size as they not only cover the lens but the electronic eye or sensors on cameras that are not reading exposure through the lens. 

Olympus XA-4 - It's a nice compact, quick, wide angle and macro 35mm camera with an exceptional lens. 

My newest love a beautiful Fed 5b Soviet 35mm camera. 

Minolta Maxxum 7 with Minolta AF 28-85 lens and pop up flash, this or the 600si have become constant traveling companions.

Re-leathered in green snake is an OM1n with a standard 50mm Zuiko f1.8 lens. The Olympus OM camera system was my first SLR and is still a given in my camera bag. This one is loaded with Polypan F and currently has a modified back as an experiment with this film. 

Miscellaneous films Portra 400 & 800, Ilford HP4, Kodak Ektachrome, a roll of Kodak Plus-X, Impossible Silver Shade, and original Polaroid 779.

Now for the Domke. This bag in general is smaller than the Chameleon and heavier. It is all leather and ages beautifully. The contents bottom to top:

First a pair of classic Nikons, a newly gifted Nikon F with a f 1.4 lens - it is in the testing stage. I have it loaded with 400 color negative film. Keeping it company is a Nikon FM2 with a Nikkor 28-105 AF lens with a 25A red filter attached. This camera has a modified pressure plate and is loaded with original Kodak HIE high speed infrared. 

The newest addition to the bag is an Olympus OM-G with a 50 mm f1.8 Zuiko lens. This camera looks new and was being tested for a resale student camera. It did not pass all the tests, it will need some service first. It has been marked as such with aforementioned frog tape. 

Among the film in this bag are two boxes of instant film, Impossible PX-70 CP and original Polaroid SX-70, Time Zero. The latter is used for manipulations. 

Another test camera in the form of a Canon 110ED Pocket Camera - This little guy takes 110 film and was tested with Lomography Color Tiger. If it passes all tests it will be given away at a future film photography event. 

Loose film in this bag includes Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Tri-X, Polypan F, Lomography's Tiger and Peacock in 110 size. 

In the pockets are:

My original Polaroid folding Sx-70 camera, a Alpha 1, Model 2 SE. No outing is complete without a Polaroid camera. 
A roll of Frog tape and a Sharpie fine point marker, more must haves.
A chop stick for Polaroid manipulations and a flash bar.
The Rollei Prego Micron satisfies my need for a super quick, ultra wide and ultra slim camera.
Minolta flash meter V. 
A map of Gettysburg, PA.
Behind that in the white envelope is a love note from my husband.
And finally in the document pocket a folder with notes from my last visit to the Film Photography Project's studio to record podcasts. 

There you have it! The contents of my camera bags filled with fun, adventure, education and the satisfaction of film photography.

Thank you for reading, and BIG thank you to Leslie for writing this article for us. Show her some love on Flickr!

Copyright 2013 Analog Revival

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 2013

Jonathan Canlas:

Film is not dead

By Jacob Stordahl

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To sum up the work of film photographer, Jonathan Canlas, is easy. Real people, in real settings. You can see by the shots below that he manages to capture the most real and fun moments in a shoot. As he said in the interview below, he loves to take shots of his family, and you can get more real then that. His images are sharp, and of the highest quality. He is truly a fantastic advocate for the medium of film photography. 

We interviewed Jonathan, and here is what he had to say...
Q: What got you started inphotography?
I was living in Japan and a friendof mine Eriko Aoya lent me a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I really had noidea what I was doing so I shot on A quite a bit.  I ended up getting a degree in Japanese andAsian Studies and then went back and did a BFA in photography. I never aspiredto be a wedding photographer. Like most people in my industry, I startedbecause friends found out I did photography and asked me to shoot theirengagements, which lead to hey will you shoot my wedding which lead to shootingup to 74 weddings in one year.  I’vesince slowed my weddings down considerably focusing more on commercial andpersonal work.
Q: What is your earliest memory ofusing a film camera?
Again, while living in Japan at age19.  I mean, I’m positive I had takenphotos before that but I had no interest in it. I always thought I was going to be an architect when I was little.
Q: What have you done to get fromthe “Amateur” level to the “Professional” level of photography?
Hard work, hard work and a hell ofa lot of hard work.  I shoot a ton, andam still working on what I’m trying to say and how to say it.  There is no real way to say you’ve gone fromamateur to pro.   I guess what changesthat is once you start charging money/providing services and more importantlyactually get said money you are asking for. 
Q: What otherartists influence your work today?                          
Chuck Close, Richard Avedon, andWilliam Eggleston.  I also love AaronRuell’s work.  I love new topographicsand shooting things people would not call “interesting” or “beautiful.  I take pride in making the mundaneinteresting.  One of my biggest expensesis buying photo books.  I usually acquirearound 30+ books a year. I’m always looking for inspiration.
Q: What is your favorite format offilm and in that format, what is your favorite brand/maker?
My favorite format is medium formathands down. I’ve shot 35 but it is just too grainy for my taste.  I’ve shot some 4x5 but I don’t have thepatience for it. My favorite color films are made by Kodak no questions asked. IfI had to choose one to shoot the rest of my career?Probably a close tie betweenKodak Portra 160 and Portra 800.160 because it is in 220 and the amazing skintones.  And 800 for the saturation/color.ForBW, I am in love with Fuji Acros 100. The tonality is unreal.  No otherbw film out there gets the tonality that I want other than this film.  I just wish it was a faster ISO.
Q: Are there any formats of filmyou haven’t tried?
8x10 and larger…I’ve shot aboutevery film stock out there minus some obscure agfa, ilfordbw films.
Q: What are your favorite subjectsto photograph? Favorite locations?
My family and kids as subjects andanywhere I call home as a location.  Imean, all of my personal works stems from where I call “home”.  I don’t have a favorite location.  People used to ask me this all the time.  And not to sound ungrateful but some of themost exotic and amazing places I've visited were never as great as home.  Locations do not matter to me.  Great photos are always 5 ft away from you atall times.  You just have to see/find it.
Q: What have been the most excitingexperiences, shooting for clients?
Giving back is the most rewardingexperience for sure.  Exciting wise, I’malways excited about every shoot that I do regardless of how cool it really is.  Once that excitement leaves, I think I’d bedone with photography.  I will say thebest job I ever had was 6 days shooting on the island of Kauai for a companycalled Kukuiula (  It was an absolute dream.
Q: How long do you think you willcontinue to be a film photographer?
At least 1 year after they stopmaking film as I have it stock piled. But honestly, I don’t think they’ll ever stop making film so I don’tthink I’ll ever stop being a film photographer. Even if the big 2 companies that currently make film stop making film,someone will come in and take over the reigns. It will just get more expensive to shoot film.  But I own my own lab which helps a ton.
Q: Any tips for people wishing tostart photography?
Get out and shoot and do it often.  No online site, book, video, or workshop willteach you more than you getting out and shooting for yourself.  EVER.
Q: How about people that haven’t experiencedthe medium of film yet?
I think if people knew how easyfilm was there would be more people shooting it.  It seriously is a beautiful medium and theexperience alone of not looking at the back of your camera is somethingeveryone should experience.
We asked Jonathan to list his film equipment from a regular shoot... Here it is!
Contax645 w/ 80mm/35mm/140mm/210mm. 
Leica M6 with Voigtlander 35mm 1.4/Nokton 50mm1.1. 
Fuji GA645. 
Mamiya RZ Pro II w/110mm/90mm/50mm/127mm/180mm. 
Toyo 45cxw/210 
Schneider 6.3.
Kodak Portra 160/400/800.
Kodak Portra 160vc/400vc.
FujiAcros 100. 
Fuji FP-3000B/100C. 
Ilford Delta 3200. 
Alien Bees 800ws x4 w/varioussized softboxes, umbrellas, beauty dish, honeycombs etc. 
Nikon SB80dx x2

We found some reviews of Jonathan's work 
Beautiful and uniquewedding photos...loved this photographer!....4.6/5”- Anonymous User(

Jonathan was recommended to me by a friend withimpeccable taste. She hired him for her engagements and wedding photos, and Iloved the results. So I, along with most of our friends, have since used himand have loved our pictures as well. If you are repulsed by standard,"prom-posed" wedding photos, then Jonathan's candid, artsy stylemight be what you are looking to achieve. What impresses me most is his abilityto capture a couple's chemistry and style, and to adapt to it without losinghis art in the process.” – Angie S., Chico, CA (

Jonathan Canlas will amaze you with his beautifulphotography. You will not regret hiring him.”- Anonymous User(  

We have picked out top TEN favorite photos shot by Mr. Canlas, and here they are...

Show some love for Jonathan and visit his site and blog!
                                            Jonathan's Site                          Jonathans Blog           
Thank you for reading! 
Come back next Sunday for the next 
"What's in your camera bag?"

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Friday, March 8, 2013

On leave for a week

Due to a week long trip to Riviera Beach, Florida in the US, the A.R. Crew will be on leave until the 16th. Our interview with Jonathan Canlas will still be posted on Sunday March 17th.

You can still check out photos from our trip on Instagram with the tag #stordahltrip01

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Film DIY

How to make a DIY 
Light Reflector
This homemade light reflector can be used with digital OR film cameras. Its uses include mostly product, indoor and outdoor photography.
Here we go!
This reflector can range in different sizes depending on your preference and how you will use it.
For the sake of time and resources we have created a small (8x5.5 inch) reflector. 
You will need some cardboard, a box cutter (or scissors), aluminum foil (larger then the size of the cardboard), and any kind of adhesive tape. 
Step 1: Take the cardboard and cut it to the preferable size. TAKE NOTE: this will be the size of your reflector. 

Step 2: Line up the cardboard and the tin foil so that the cardboard is completely covered on one side. Begin to fold the tin foil over the cardboard (pictured below). 

You want the more reflective side of the tin foil facing AWAY from the cardboard. This will allow your reflector to catch more light.


Step 3: As you fold over the tin foil, you want to tape it down to the card board to make sure it stays in place. 

Continue folding and taping until the cardboard is completely covered.

Step 4: ALL DONE!

Use this reflector to do product photography or even model photography if you make it big enough! 
Check back every Sunday for a new article!
Thank you for reading and we hope you will continue to read and enjoy this blog.

Keep shooting!
Photos by Jacob Stordahl
Article written by Jacob Stordahl
Analog Revival Copyright 2013