I shoot film a lot but now and then I take the digital camera for a spin. What I also like to do is creating Lightroom Presets. They help me keep post processing consistent and make editing a bunch of images a lot easier. The latest preset I made already gets me in the mood for autumn. Sharing is caring, so here is a free Lightroom preset for you.
If you drink too much alcohol, you get sloppy and might end up with a baby. True story, after several Margaritas I ended up with a Lensbaby. Kids, don’t drink and have a look at online shops. But the truth is, I’m very happy with my Lensbaby and we are inseparable.
Buying stuff at flea markets and from thrift shops runs in the family. For some years now I find myself visiting shops and markets more and more often. Sometimes I think I should open a vintage shop and fully indulge into my passion for old stuff. While I try to be more minimalistic when it comes to stuff in general, I can’t resist (older) cameras. I’m writing this as I look at a Polaroid Image System camera I just purchased two days ago. Here’s what I learned on my hunts after vintage cameras:
Autumn is finally gone and days are getting shorter and darker. Everything slows down – including me, who seems to be the only person who enjoys dark days and the crisp air on a foggy morning. I even walk to work and back home more often than I do when days are warm and sunny. There are a few things I always do when winter arrives, using my Holga camera is one of them. This winter I decided to slow down in my kitchen lab as well: Hej stand development!
Time passed quickly the last few weeks and I just realized that the best part of autumn is almost over. With fall as the most stressful time of the year I hardly ever carry out my projects and plans for this season. Every year, when September approaches, I make plans and a photography bucket list: a weekend in Prague, a getaway to the countryside, more hiking, more walking. A lot of events and a lingering cold did the rest – here I am, at the end of October, with my bucket list still filled. At least I made it to Barcelona!
When I bought my first Lomography camera, I spent hours and hours on the company’s website, on YouTube and photography blogs. All the time in search for an answer to the question: Which Lomography camera should I get? Since then, I bought and tried a few so today I’ll give you some advice on Lomography cameras for beginners, that are not too pricey.
There was a time where I did quite a lot of live music photography – everything from tiny to big venues. Most of the time, shooting a concert is a challenge: Not enough light, not enough space to move around, not enough time. Still, digital photography makes it quite easy: You compose your picture, fire away and maybe check the photos on your screen occasionally. After the concert you go home with hundreds of pictures and use your photo editing programm to get the most out of them. Film photography is more of a challenge. You can’t check the photos at the back of your camera and when your films are gone, they are gone.
For quite some time I was eager to shoot a concert on film. Last weekend I went to a concert at a small venue and for that, I packed one of my analogue cameras and some rolls of film. Let me show you what’s in my camera bag:
- Yashica 230 AF + Yashica Lens 50mm 1:1,8
- Ilford Delta 3200
- Ilford HP5 Plus 400
- Kodak 400TX
- Some batteries
It stays in the family
The camera belonged to my father who was kind enough to give it to me (Thank you Dad!), the lens I bought on Ebay. I had some issues with the 35-70mm lens so I decided to go for prime lenses and got a 28mm and the 50mm lens.
From all the films I brought with me, I ended up shooting just the Ilford films. The venue was very dark so I decided to shoot and push develop both films at 6400 ISO. I already developed one of the films and I’ll show you in another post how the pictures turned out (spoiler alert: quite dark – but I had fun!).