1/2 Schreiben – Ein Bestandsaufnahme: Rückblick

Einer meiner Vorsätze bereits für das Jahr 2016 war es, dem Schreiben wieder mehr Raum in meinem Leben zu geben. Diesen Vorsatz konnte ich unverändert ins Jahr 2017 übernehmen, das ja nun auch schon bald wieder “Halbzeit” hat. Zeit für eine Bestandsaufnahme.

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You don’t need much



One of my favourite places.
Shot on film! Porst CM 135 Auto (A.K.A. Cosina CX, A.K.A Poor Man’s Lomo) on very much expired Kodak Gold 200 film.

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

Share your Photographic Knowledge to get a roll of CineStill 120 film!

As some of you already know, the Brothers Wright, makers of the CineStill film –  a fantastic cinefilm material by Kodak that they have made available for still photographers – are currently looking for support to offer their film in medium format as well. I have already backed their Kickstarter campaign and now I want to give you the opportunity to do the same even if you don’t have the funds to do so. How? By sharing your knowledge! Find out more after the jump

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Phot-O-Type: Fun with Typewriters and Film

Ever since being a kid I loved flea markets and antique stores.

Film strip on a piece of paper waiting to be typed upon.

Film strip on a piece of paper waiting to be typed upon.

I love old stuff. First, it was mainly old books. Later on I fell in love with old tools and machinery, particularly cameras, as you should know if you have been to this blog before.

However, I also own and love a 1936 Wanderer Continental typewriter that I got almost ten years ago. (It’s the one in the banner of this website.) The thing about the stuff I hoard is that I also want to use it. Otherwise it would only be old junk. I have used my typewriter extensively for creating faux historic documents for the German Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game publisher. I also used it for, err, “artistic” purposes, that is in connection with film photography. I have been meaning to write a little how-to about this for ages but never really got around to do so. Recently I discovered that there’s a whole movement of people out there who geek out about typewriters, the Typosphere. That finally made me write that article about what I call “Phot-O-Types” (*g*) and how to create them.

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Apps for Film Photographers: Useful or Not?

Over the last few weeks I looked at different pieces of software and hardware that work with mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) to make the lives of film photographers easier.

Today, I want to do a little recap and also ask the question: To app or not to app?

Smartphones have been around for quite a while but since the iPhone appeared on the stage mobile developers have produced a staggering number of mobile software application to cater for almost every possible need. From useful, to fun, to questionable to downright silly – there is an app for everything. In fact, most of the time there plenty of apps for a particular task. Just check how many calendars and to-do list apps are out there!

But how does using mobile devices together with film photography change the photography process – for better or worse…

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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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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 3: Keeping Track of Your Film

I admit I am a bit unorganised at times and whilst I am trying to be more diligent when it comes to my photo equipment I sometimes forget which film is in which camera. Sometimes I forget to take out (or put in) that little cardboard piece from the film pack and some older cameras don’t even have a holder for it. (Yes, there is always the sello tape option which is what I currently do). And even if I do know what film is in my camera at the moment I might have forgotten all the details about a particular film when I get around to developing it weeks later. Today, I want to look at two apps and services that can help to be more organised about your films and how you used them.

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