Sunday, April 28, 2013

What's in Your Camera Bag No. 3

What's in your Camera bag?
Hello readers! This week (kind of last minute) we decided to have one of our own writers compose an article on his film equipment. Here it is!

Hello Analog Revival! My name is Jacob Stordahl and I am a film photographer from Minnesota. In this article I will show you what I will usually bring on a regular shoot. 

First off, my bag. I found this old bag in my garage when I was moving and it's perfect! It's an old Panasonic VHS Camcorder bag. It holds everything I need and is easy to handle. 

Next is my film slr setup. I shoot on the Minolta Maxxum Platform with a Maxxum GT and a 5000i both sharing an AF 35-80 macro lense. The GT was my fathers and was only sold in Target Department stores. It's a nice little slr to have around and takes great images. It has minimal settings, however, for the work that I do, I'm usually in good natural light so there aren't a lot of issues. I just recently picked up the 5000i and haven't yet gotten to test it out. From what I've seen the camera looks in great condition and I'm very excited to use it. Lastly the lens. The 35-80 is a great portrait lens because it has pretty shallow depth of field. I love using this lens although most of the time I end up shooting in manual.

Up next is my Polaroid Colorpack II. I picked up this camera online and it really was a shot in the dark. If you don't know much about Polaroid Pack cameras, Polaroid stopped making the peel apart 100 type film a long time ago BUT Fujifilm still makes Color (FP-100C) and Black & White (FP-3000b or FP100B) that fits in most Polaroid pack cameras. I like bringing this camera on a shoot because it's a conversation starter and it also takes some pretty
 good images. Shooting with the black & white is easier because it has a fixed focal length of 5 ft, while the color takes some practice because you have to focus the camera your self. Also for shooting inside, you either need photography lights or flash cubes (pictured below).

Up next might be a camera you're familiar with. I found a bunch of disposable cameras at Goodwill for very cheap, I use them to take a "silly" portrait of who ever I'm shooting. This is just a way for me to keep track of when I shoot and also have a fun way to end a shoot. 

Lastly is my assortment of other things in my bag. I always have my portable reflector since I don't normally use flash. It's compact and easy to work with. I also bring my nook to portrait shoots. I have a bunch of different pose books on there that really help me out when my imagination is running dry. To keep warm I always have a hat, gloves and hand warmers in my bag. Shooting on those cold winter days can be rough without these. One other vital thing is my lens cleaning kit. This little bag has saved me many times for shooting with a dirty lens. 

Thank you for reading! We look forward to having you back next week for our next Film DIY project.
As always, keep shooting.
#filmisnotdead , #shootfilm

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Analog Revival

Monday, April 15, 2013


Hello from Analog Revival!
First off we want to say thank you to everyone that views this blog weekly and has helped us in any way. We have recently reached over 5000 page views which is AMAZING, and all thanks to you people!

Secondly we invite you to join us on facebook! We will be treating out page as a place for people to chat about film related things and also post photos that they want to be seen. We will also be posting photos of our own and ones we find else where!

Thank you again to everyone!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 2013

Brian Finke:
"...a formal graphic simplicity that stayed with me."
There are photographers who only use film when they see it fit. For example, Brain Finke, author of "2468: American Cheerleaders & Football Players" and many other collections, doesn't shoot exclusively with film, but still uses it non the less. In this interview we spoke about film in general, and two of his collections, "Construction" and "Flight Attendants". 

Q: How did you get into photography?
Way back when, as a freshmen in high school I took my first photo class, yearbook/ newspaper that route and then as a senior I was taking four photo class and spending most of my day at school in the darkroom listening to Smashing Pumpkins and printing.

Q: When and how did you discover the medium of film?
It's what I grew up on, Tri-X and TMAX p3200, shooting, developing, hands on loving the process of photography.

Q: Do you have a favorite brand or format of film?
My go to film that I used for shooting my book projects and gallery exhibitions was Fuji ProH.

Q: What inspired your “Construction” and “Flight Attendants” collections?
The next project is usually what's right in front of me,  With Flight Attendants, it was when I started shooting a tone of assignment work and flying around, a lot of what I photograph is in the everyday, it's just a slightly new or different way of looking a relating to the subjects.  My way of working is very simple, I pick an idea, a very relate able subject and shoot the hell out of it.

Q: What camera and film did you use for these collections?
Hasselblad 503cw, Quantum Q flashes and Fuji ProH film printed on Kodak Endura paper

Q:Do you have any tips for people just getting into photography
Love it, promote yourself every day, and credit cards... 

Q: What are your favorite locations to shoot at?
It's whatever is next...  Recent assignments have been in Belize photographing John MCAfee at his compound on San Pedro for Wired Magazine.  This past Fall I spent a week driving along the Texas, Mexico border from Brownsville and El Paso working on my U.S. Marshals project, each day waking up at like 5am, shooting then driving 3-5 hours to the next city to do it all again the following day.  And as writing this I'm on a plane to San Francisco to shoot on the west coast, being there for 26 hours, then hooping on a red-eye back home.

Q: What experiences has your career as a photographer, allowed you to experience?
I travel a lot for personal shoots and assignments, it's always new, fresh and changing.  For many years I fought the traveling thing, cause having a family I'm ya know suppose to be there but this is just the life, I didn't necessary intend to choose but it's my life and I enjoy it.

Q: If you could go back and redo anything in your career, would you? If so what?
No regrets...  always looking forward, right...

We asked Brain to list his film equipment used on a usual shoot:

Hasselblad 503cw

Quantum Q flashes with turbo batteries

Fuji ProH film printed on Kodak Endura N paper.
We chose our top ten photos from "Finke's Construction" and "Flight Attendance" series

Some kind words from some rad people about Mr. Finke

“Despite my reservations, several images, among them a worker centered in a symmetric grid work of high iron, the use of space in a bisected frame portrait, and the dynamic swirl of high cirrus clouds over a worker in another bisected frame, had a formal graphic simplicity that stayed with me.”- Ed Barnas

"Brian Finke is a prolific photographer of American culture. Brian’s commitment and ability to access popular culture icons is formidable and at times brilliant." - Todd Johnson Digital Darkroom Blog

Go give Mr. Finke some love

Also Purchase the books here

Thank you for reading! 

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Analog Revival

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Film DIY

Recycle 35mm film canisters

Here is a list of different ways to reuse and recycle 35mm film canisters

One: Storage and Organization!
Use these little organizers to store all of your little things you hate losing. For example...

Memory Cards

Phone-ography lenses

Other ideas include
Safety Pins
Sewing kit
Bobby pins
Push pins
Small screws and nuts
Rubber bands
Guitar Picks

and lastly...


Exactly six dollars in quarters fits in a 35mm film canister.
Use them to keep track of your college and/or thrift store fund
(like we do)

Two: On a less serious note


Also check out our February Film DIY post for a fun photo holder made out of a film canister
Thank you for reading. We look forward to our interview post next week with photographer Brian Finke. Make sure to come back Sunday 4/14 for that!

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Analog Revival