Please Support THE CIRCUIT

There is a new Kickstarter project going, asking for your support to realize a SciFi anthology series: The Circuit on Kickstarter. The makers behind the project are (among others) Manu Intiraymi, Walter Koenig and Tim Russ, all Star Trek alumni.
The rest of the cast and crew are also experienced actors and filmmakers coming from a wide range of genre shows.
The premise sounds fun, but even more fun is the fact that the producers want to include their supporters and fans to contribute to the project in a creative capacity.

I decided to take up the challenge and wrote a short script which I am going to hand in tomorrow. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I don’t have high hopes for my script – the competition will be hard and I have hardly any experience in script writing. Nevertheless, it was fun writing it and if the crowdfunding campaign is not successful I don’t even have to worry about the quality of my writing. Therefore, I am asking you to chip in if you can. If you like genre shows, if you believe in new ways for creative people to reach an audience, please consider supporting the Circuit. Give some money, share the campaign on your social media profiles, any help is appreciated.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/836297110/the-circuit-urbiessa/widget/video.html

Growth Mindset: What to do when you fail

What do you do when you fail? Your short story got rejected? The photos you spent hours taking came out looking like shit?
Do you despair? Do you say, ‘ah, sod it. I’ll do something else’? These are signs of a fixed mindset, as opposed to a growth mindset. I just had one of those failure moments, and this is what I’ll do to pick me up. Continue reading

Photography and Geekery around Lake Geneva: Part 1 – Lausanne


I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days around Lake Geneva. It was the perfect opportunity to combine two of my passions, i.e. film photography and my love for all things “phantastic” (art, literature, film). In the first installment of blogs about my trip to Switzerland I want to share some of my experience in Lausanne. Expect some tips for analog photographers. Also, you can win free entry to Lausanne’s awesome photography museum. Read on to find out more!

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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 5: Bridging the Analogue/Digital Gap

When I started listing some mobile apps that are useful for film photographers I did not know that there would actually be such a lot of apps out there.
Some of them don’t require anything but your smartphone (or tablet, or similar mobile device). Others use dedicated hardware that links up to your device. In today’s post I have again a bit of both.
Today we want to look at ways to bridge the analogue/digital gap both ways.

Let’s face it. Even though many of us still shoot film, most of our images ultimately end up digitally. We share them on the internet, send them to friends, or post them on Facebook. So, what are the little helpers out there to turn analogue to digital and, wait for it, digital to analogue?
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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 4: Reciprocity Failure

Last week’s blog post about incident light metering apps was not only  relevant for film photographers to be honest, but also for digital. This time I want to have another look at apps helping you with the right exposure but it’s going to be more relevant for film. I’m talking about reciprocity failure. (If you think r e c i p r o c i t y is an awe-inspiring word you should know that the German translation Schwarzschild-Effekt is even cooler!)
So what is it? In short, it means that film does not behave the same at all exposure times. At longer exposure times (usually longer than one second) films require even more exposure than calculated by your ASA/f-stop combination. So, if your light meter tells you to expose for, say, 3 seconds in reality it might be 3 seconds plus another x seconds.

Now, there is a physical law behind this, but unfortunately the effect is not the same for every film. Some films are more forgiving than others and have been optimized for long exposures. With other films though, the Schwarzschild-Effekt (I couldn’t resist) kicks in much earlier. So, what can you do?
Film manufacturers provide the details on the film data sheets that you can download for every film type (well, most film types), so that you can calculate the necessary adjustments.  In the field, however, you might not have every data sheet handy and it could  be inconvenient to consult them for your shot. Thanks to the Gods of Photography there’s an app for that!

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Get it before its gone: Agfa film

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Ah, Agfa. Their old APX is one of my favorite b/w films. So forgiving, yet really nice. (The new stuff that’s coming out is not real Agfa. It merely comes packed in an Agfa box)
Believeinfilm has a little give-away where you can get two rolls of AGFA colour film. It’s branded as Rollei Digibase but there is Agfa inside.
Find it here: http://believeinfilm.com/stuff/win-2-rolls-rollei-digibase-cn200-pro

Best of luck

Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 2: Incident Light Metering

A few weeks ago I already blogged about useful apps for analogue photographers. In the meantime I have discovered more digital helpers that I would like to share with you.

Let’s focus on light meters this time, incident light meters to be more precise.There is quite a range of light meter apps for iOS or Android devices. Most of them use the reflected light of an object via the built-in camera, just like the light meter in your camera would. However, once you saw how light metering is done at film sets or in fashion photography you will see that the pros hold their light meter right next to the object they want to photograph. In this case the actual light that falls on the object is measured. This is called incident light metering.

Up until now you could only do that using dedicated devices and those don’t come exactly cheap. Luxi, Lumu, and Incident Meter all promise to do this with your mobile device, yet all use different methods to do so.

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Nützliche Apps für Analogphotographen – Teil 2: Lichtmessung

Vor einigen Wochen bloggte ich bereits über nützliche Apps für Filmphotographen. In der Zwischenzeit habe ich einige weitere nützliche digitale Helferlein für die analoge Photographie entdeckt.
Der Schwerpunkt liegt diesmal auf der Belichtungsmessung.
Belichtungsmesser für iOS und Android Geräte gibt es mittlerweile einige. Diese beruhen aber meist auf der Messung des reflektierten Lichts über die eingebaute Kamera des Geräts (die sogenannte Objektmessung). Wer mal gesehen hat wie aber z.B. bei Filmdrehs oder in der Modephotographie gearbeitet wird, der weiß dass die Profis einen Belichtungsmesser direkt an das zu messende Objekt halten. Hier wird also die tatsächlich auf das Objekt fallende Lichtmenge gemessen. Man spricht hier von Lichtmessung.
Bislang war dies nur mit speziellen Belichtungsmessern möglich, und die waren und die sind nicht eben billig. Aber auch hier lassen sich die Möglichkeiten moderner Mobilgeräte nutzen und so versuchen Luxi, Lumu und Incident Meter alle eine echte Lichtmessung über das Mobiltelefon wenn auch mit unterschiedlichen Ansätzen.

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