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Film has gone from a hobby to a profession and obsession in a matter of years. I’ve only been shooting film since 2015, but I’ve done a lot of research and have slowly been observing what’s been happening in the analog photography world.
The first thing to address is the new types of film that are coming out. You’ll notice companies are trying out film with “special effects” like Revlog, Psychadelic Blue, etc…
I’ve shot a few of these rolls, and I’m unimpressed. Why? Film, to me, is supposed to be natural. Every film has it’s own “effect” in a sense. Kodak Ektar is a very different film from say Fuji Velvia. Different colors, different grain structure, etc… I don’t believe adding gradients or overlays to photos helps the image, but in actuality destroys them. That being said, it’s an acquired taste and I still have a few rolls in the fridge. We’ll see what happens as time continues.
Bringing Back the Classics
One thing I can say I’m in support of is bringing back older films. Last Year, Kodak’s re-release of Ektacrhome was a huge hit, and photographers all over ran to their local shops to buy a roll for upwards of $15.
But, there’s plenty more coming back. Ferrania recently brought back their classic, Black & White filmstock P30. It’s an 80 ISO film, wildly irregular in this day and age. Because of it’s fine grain, it looks incredibly cinematic. It has a crazy, old school history and is now back in business for producing film!
Disposable Cameras are “in”
Every photographer has looked down upon disposable cameras. Okay, that’s a big generalization, but I’m pretty sure it’s still true. You’ll always find them in the back corner of a CVS, dust on the box, with a price double what it should be and expiration date long past.
Now, they’re starting to come back. In a world of social media, people want physical, real photos. The disposal cameras are one of the best ways to do that, mostly because developing and scanning is cheaper, because they go to Target or back to that CVS.
Either way, disposable cameras a great way to discover film. Sure, the cameras aren’t great, but the film doesn’t lie. And more companies are coming out with disposable camera versions with their film. Ilford & Fuji being two.
Shooting with a classic polaroid is cool, but isn’t worth it
Like myself, I’m sure many of you have dreamed of having a Polaroid SX-70 or LAND Camera. While spending upwards of $100 on a Polaroid camera might not seem too ludicrous, the cost of film is.
There’s been a lot of talk and confusion around Polaroid, as a brand. Are they still a company? Did they just re-brand to Polaroid Originals? Are they still making cameras under a different name? It’s hard to say, but because of their classic cameras, people will spend the money on the film for them.
A sheet of 8 exposures can cost as much as $20 from Polaroid Originals. For only 8 polaroid shots, that’s really not worth it. Sure, shooting with a classic Polaroid is awesome, but it’s not worth the excess of money you’d be spending on those photos.
San Francisco is a beautiful city, and I’ve had the pleasure of having it as my backdrop for almost the past two years. Living on a boat in the heart of downtown San Francisco has been an incredible experience. The waves rocking you to sleep at night, the central location in the city and so many other things made it such an amazing experience.
One thing that wasn’t quite amazing was the lack of a kitchen. This made cooking more difficult than it needed to be. Until I got a small, charcoal grill. Because of it’s small form factor and it’s easy to clean, it’s the perfect accessory for a boat.
What’s the first thing you think about when you think about summer on a boat? For me, it’s throwing some meat on the grill, blasting music and drinking a beer. It’s a great weekend tradition. One that brings a lot of joy to me, and creates a lot of memories with my friends.
Now, I’m not the greatest at cooking, and specifically on a barbecue. I’ve only done it once, and that was 6 years ago when my dad did most of the work. But I wanted to give it another go, and see how hard it could be. I was more than happy with the results.
I wanted a simple hamburger, but because Trader Joes only offered a packet of 4 patties, I decided to go with two patties. After letting them cook, I added an assortment of three cheeses to one of the patties and threw the brioche buns on the grill to give it that crunch and grilled flavor. Because there’s nothing worse than having your patties sit between buns straight from the bag.
I also used this as a test to try out Mango Street’s new Grid Presets! I absolutely love them so far. The colors, tones and cohesiveness of this set is just awesome. If you don’t know, Mango Street is a husband and wife photography duo running a YouTube channel out of Los Angeles. They’re honestly just really cool people, which is why I’m highlighting them here. I have no affiliation with them in any way. Check out their presets above!
I’ve been interested in doing a blog for awhile now. I remember first embarking on this journey back in 2009. But, the only real good blogging platform out there was Blogger, and I just hated it with all my heart. But I always liked writing and felt that I could spread my voice through the internet through this. So, now seems like a good time to do so.
I do a lot of writing for Braille Skateboarding, a YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers which has the purpose to push skateboarding everywhere. It’s my job to come up with interesting blog ideas and engage the user enough to direct to our shop or our YouTube videos.
But after writing for Braille for the last couple of months, I’ve realized I need something else. Another outlet, so to speak. But I couldn’t quite pin what I wanted to write about, because I have so many interests. I could write about coffee, photography, technology, film, etc… I obviously couldn’t create a single blog for all of those things, except in the one thing those all have in common; me.
I’m writing to document my journeys. This could include travel posts, different products that help me in life or different activities to challenge myself. This blog in itself is a challenge for me. I have to keep to a consistent schedule, write good content and shoot good photos and videos when needed. It’s going to be work, but I’m also really excited.
Consider this the beginning of something new. You can expect to see posts about photography, travel and general creativity.
I look forward to taking you along this journey with me.