DX code is an elaborate system originally designed by Kodak, as a solution to the passage of information between film cartridges, cameras and film development machines. Such information includes film speed, film type, manufacturer, frame count etc. This article explains how it works and how to use it.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Definitive Guide to Pushing/Pulling C-41 and b&w Film
This guide covers all basics about pushing and pulling black and white and colour negative film. A downloadable pdf is included that contains the time charts for pushing and pulling common black and white film stocks. Detailed but easy to follow explanations are provided regarding the effects fo pushing and pulling film.Read More
[Pho.Snap] All About Kodak D-76 Powder Developer
D76 is one of the most classic developer that is highly reliable and versatile. It is often taken as the industry benchmark against which newer developers are compared.
In this article, we will study various properties of the D76, in relation to its storage, dilution and usage.Read More
[Pho.Snap] What you Need to Know About Film Grain
This article walks you through the basic mechanism behind film grain, so that you can make the right decisions to achieve the look that you like in your work.Read More
[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.Read More
[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.Read More
[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.Read More
[Pho.Snap] FULL GUIDE on Developing Film with a Lab
This article covers the factors that beginner film shooters should consider before deciding where to send their films for processing, and what to look out for in the various service offerings.Read More
[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.Read More
[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.Read More
[Pho.Snap] Ultimate Disposable Film Camera Guide & FAQ
This guide contains all essential information on using a disposable film camera. It covers basic information on its operation, camera settings and other common questions regarding more specific aspects of the disposable, the purpose of shooting on a disposable, and example of images taken using a disposable for your reference.Read More
[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.