[Pho.Talk] How to Choose your 35mm Film (ISO + Brand)

[Pho.Talk] How to Choose your 35mm Film (ISO + Brand)

This article walks you through the considerations to make in choosing a 35mm film, with recommendations of the specific brand and ISO to get your started. This article walks you through the considerations to make in choosing a 35mm film, with recommendations of the specific brand and ISO for a particular situation to get your started. Sample images are included.

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[Pho.Talk] Is the Olympus XA a Good Camera?

[Pho.Talk] Is the Olympus XA a Good Camera?

Overall, the Olympus gives excellent image sharpness and contrast at around f/5.6, though exhibiting some edge aberration and vignetting. It is extremely lightweight and pocketable even with the flash unit mounted, providing no excuse to not bring it out. It can meter from ISO 25-800, which together with a 35mm lens, makes a solid all-rounded everyday camera.

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[Pho.Snap] What Does a Good Film Negative Look Like?

[Pho.Snap] What Does a Good Film Negative Look Like?

A good negative is one that is capable of creating a good print or scan. It contains a rich range of tonalities, decent reflection of grain structure and is free from blemishes. Generally, its tonalities should touch on a majority of zones, as posited by Ansel Adams, from whites to highlights, midtones, shadows, and to the blacks. When handled properly, it should not have scratches, dust, watermarks which can lead to difficulties in printing.

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[Pho.Snap] Guide to Always Getting Sharp Film Photos

[Pho.Snap] Guide to Always Getting Sharp Film Photos

The most common reasons that lead to unsharp film photos are motion blur, caused by using too slow a shutter speed; missed focus, caused by not having enough depth of field to work with; and underexposure, caused by not exposing for the shadows. To get sharper film photos, the photographer should gain a good understanding of film speeds and choose the right film stock for a particular job. Knowing the mechanical limitations of certain film cameras is also crucial.

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[Pho.Talk] Saul Leiter Street Photography Analysis: Techniques, Influences, Philosophy

[Pho.Talk] Saul Leiter Street Photography Analysis: Techniques, Influences, Philosophy

Dubbed the ‘New York Nabi’, Saul Leiter’s work exhibited a confluence of French Impressionism and Japanese Zen. As a painter himself, he owned paintings by household French names including Bonnard and Vermeer, and was knowledgeable in the history of art. Later images also show Japanese ukiyo-e prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and Hokusai, hung up in his studio walls, together with a rich collection of Japanese calligraphy, vinyl and books. In his formative years, photographer W. Eugene Smith and painter Richard Pousette-Dart encouraged Saul to pursue photography.

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[Pho.Snap] Is 24mm Good for Street Photography?

[Pho.Snap] Is 24mm Good for Street Photography?

Any lens is good for street photography as long as you use it for the right type of situation. Street photography spans across such a wide range of subjects and approaches that no one lens is going to be ‘the best lens’ across the board. Rather, every focal length has its own strong suit, the 24mm is no different. The more relevant question is, therefore, what type of street photography is the 24mm good for? In this article, we will discuss just that.

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[Pho.Talk] Great Photographers: Light and Shadow Photography

[Pho.Talk] Great Photographers: Light and Shadow Photography

The single one most powerful asset that makes strong images is the use of light and shadows, and the endless possibilities that it can add to a scene. In this article, we will look at what shadow photography refers to, some common forms in which light and shadow are used to enhance an image’s composition, and the works of great photographers who are widely known to be masters of light and shadows.

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[Pho.Snap] Best Focus Settings for Street Photography: Manual/ Auto, Prime/ Zoom

[Pho.Snap] Best Focus Settings for Street Photography: Manual/ Auto, Prime/ Zoom

Focus techniques and getting sharp images in street photography rightly concerns many street photographers. This article discusses various manual focusing techniques including zone focusing/ hyperfocal distance, explaining how they work and when they are best for. Autofocus is also a powerful complement where manual abilities are limited. With the latest autofocus technology available today, photographers should take advantage of it.

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[Pho.Talk] Is Film Photography Worth it (vs Digital)? Costs, Image Quality, Film stocks

[Pho.Talk] Is Film Photography Worth it (vs Digital)? Costs, Image Quality, Film stocks

Film photography has been a subject of heated debate - is it work it to shoot film in an era in which digital photography is so convenient and cost-effective? This article breaks it down to you and addresses the question of whether film photography is worth it in today’s age, speaking from the point of view of costs, image quality, and how film stocks functions.

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[Pho.Talk] Ultimate Film Photography Troubleshoot Guide: Storage Time, Accidents & Hacks

[Pho.Talk] Ultimate Film Photography Troubleshoot Guide: Storage Time, Accidents & Hacks

This troubleshoot guide covers niche troubles people commonly run into when picking up or inheriting second hand, old film cameras. You will find a wealth of information in relation to storing film, key points in time of a roll of film’s lifetime, operational tips in using a film camera, how to deal with accidents, and disposable film cameras.


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[Pho.Talk] How to Build an Editorial Fashion Concept: ND Award-Winning Example

[Pho.Talk] How to Build an Editorial Fashion Concept: ND Award-Winning Example

Coming up with the concept is usually the collective work of a team, though the photographer and stylist typically play a larger role. The entire team communicates concepts using a moodboard, which consists of any images relevant to the discussion, including previous magazine covers, brand assets, or past work with a photographer with a similar style. The moodboard can be targeted at a certain fashion magazine, or at a brand’s message behind the collection to be shot. The moodboard also contains images singling out specific parts of the hairdo, makeup and props (if any).

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