Give Film a Shot! And Ode to Analog Photography

By Emanuele Faja

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We are in the 21st century. The world has gone digital. It has changed the way we communicate, watch movies, listen to music and take photos.

Nowadays you can take a photo on your mobile phone and it will already be on your home computer when you get home. Everything is synced in the cloud and computers are getting smaller and more portable. We used to talk about kilobytes and megabytes we now talk gigabytes and terabytes. Computing power keeps doubling every 18 months and the forward march of technology is seemingly unstoppable.

Who would dream of using a camera that doesn’t require batteries to operate?

The answer is: A surprising number of people.

The real question of course, is why? That’s what I will be discussing in this post.

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It’s Different

Everybody is going around with the latest DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and smartphones. Film is quite rare. Anyone below the age of 20 might just about remember using a film camera in their childhood, if at all.

When you carry a vintage film camera people want to try it and ask you questions: it sets you apart, and so it’s always a conversation starter. It’s also nice to disconnect from the digital life once in a while. Using something that doesn’t have an LCD screen and batteries is refreshing!

I have also noticed that most people tend to be less camera shy if they know that the camera is not digital. I think the reason is that the picture is not available immediately to review and that they feel more reassured that it won’t end up online. I think that it has a lot to do with the personality of the photographer as well.

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Peak Design launches smaller 'Everyday Messenger 13' bag

Peak Design has launched a more compact version of its Everyday Messenger bag designed to hold a 13″ laptop. The bag maintains the same Everyday Messenger design, but offers it in a lighter 42oz/1.2kg (versus 47oz/1.33kg) package with two FlexFold dividers instead of three.

The Everyday Messenger 13 has a 6L to 14L capacity, whereas the original bag — now called the Everyday Messenger 15 — has an 8L to 18L capacity and room for a 15″ laptop. Though perhaps better suited for smaller mirrorless kits, the Everyday Messenger 13 can accommodate up to a full-frame DSLR with three lenses and assorted accessories.

Other Everyday Messenger 13 features include a MagLatch, a pair of dedicated Capture clip attachment points, a front access panel, upper zipper, 2″ padded shoulder strap, removable waist strap, a tablet sleeve that is separate from the dedicated laptop pocket, a pair of side pockets, Hypalon-reinforced and bar-tacked stress points, a waxed outer shell, and water-resistant exterior zippers.

The Everyday Messenger 13 is priced at $219.95, and the Everyday Messenger 15 is priced at $249.95. Both are available now through Peak Design’s website.

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Lowel's New LED Lights Minimize Nasty Color Spikes

By NFS Staff

The location lighting company promises full color with their new Tungsten and LED products.

Lowel walked No Film School’s Andy Zou through their new line of lighting products at NAB 2016. They were quick to show off their new models of LED Hollywood Fresnels, which they claim have a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 98% of the visual spectrum. While historically many LED lights haven’t included enough of the red spectrum, Lowel’s new fresnels are designed to keep a full range of color throughout their entire dimming range. This dimming range can be controlled digitally from a back panel to go up in increments as small as one percent, and Lowel claims that the unit has a life in excess of 50,000 hours. You’ll be able to find these lights in a few different models once released: the smaller, 650 watt Aura Lux as well as the larger, 1k and 2k watt Vega Lux.

They also introduced us to a new, weather resistant LED array light, designed specifically with parameters from The Weather Channel in mind, and an upgraded model of the Pro Power LED.

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Landscape Tutorial Inspires You to Get Out of that Creative Rut

By DL Cade

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Photographer Sean Tucker is not a landscape shooter. But he recently took a break from his usual work in the studio to escape ‘autopilot’ and drag himself out of the creative rut he’d been stuck in lately by experimenting with some landscape photography in Snowdonia in Wales.

His thinking, he explained to us over email, was that giving himself a new challenge would hopefully recharge his passion for photography again by shooting in a genre he’s not as familiar with.

The resulting video is a lot more than a landscape photography tutorial, although it is that as well. Throughout the video Tucker shares his shooting style, the philosophy behind each shot, apps he’s found helpful, and more. But he also shares his struggle to say inspired, his need to set his ego aside, and the reasons why this trip helped him to do all of that and more.

Check it out for yourself below:

Sean captured some beautiful images while out soul searching in Snowdonia, and he was kind enough to share some of them with us here at PetaPixel.

Check out his favorite keepers from the trip below:

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Protest Photography Tips: How to Capture the Action and Stay Safe

By Luke Dray

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I have always been interested in protest and civil disobedience. What first caught my eye was an episode of Whale Wars on Discovery Channel some years ago where activists were going to Antarctica and using direct action techniques to intervene in illegal whaling. Several series on, and last year I decided to go and photograph a protest against Japan’s hunting of whales and dolphins.

Since then I have covered over 50 protests in all sorts of shapes and sizes—be it nice peaceful ones to anarchists going on a ‘stroll’—so I decided to write an article on protest photography tips. Here goes:

1. Get in close

Unlike normal street photography, you don’t need to be overly cautious about sticking your camera directly in someone’s face, it’s precisely what most people at the protests are asking for… media attention!

Like all things though, you need to use your common sense. I once didn’t and ventured into a Black Bloc. For those of you who don’t know what that is: a black bloc is a tactic where a group of protesters wear black clothing to conceal their identities to hinder criminal prosecution, by making it difficult to distinguish between participants.

As you can now guess, a camera in there didn’t go down to well…

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2. Capture Emotion

There’s going to be all sorts of different emotions on display at a demonstration. People shouting, cheering, crying, etc… Go to where the action is and try to capture it.

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6 Reasons You Should Be Printing Your Photos

By Brady Cabe

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As a photographer I spend a lot of time taking photos, editing, blogging, and posting to social media. To what end? Are the photos meant to be viewed for the 24 hour period that Facebook displays them and then just gone forever? And then I scrounge up another photo to share and the cycle just continues.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sharing my photographs online. But am I just feeding into the noise? Part of my move to start printing my photos comes from my desire to create and share something tangible and special in this age of digital noise and the culture of “now” and “more.”

This post is written to other photographers who might be considering buying and using a photo printer. I’m printing exclusively with the Canon Pixma Pro 100 and couldn’t be happier with the results. Below are some reasons why you should start printing.

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1) It makes you a better editor

When you print a photo and hold it in your hands, you start to notice details that maybe you didn’t on your computer or phone screen—particularly if your screen could use a cleaning like mine.

Dust spots in your sky do not make for an attractive printed image. You start realizing the benefit of zooming in close and panning around your image to inspect for problem areas. You start paying closer attention to your histogram, and so on.

Check out my blog post outlining my printing process for a more in-depth look at preparing your image for print.

2) It makes you a better photographer

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