The Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College, Cambridge, c. 1845,
WHFTalbot © National Media Museum/SSPL
INSPIRATION + ASSIGNMENT #48
Film photography was supposed to have been killed off by the digital era, but surprisingly it is making a come back with more and more enthusiasts experimenting with analogue photography.
For this month’s assignment, inspired by the work of Fox Talbot and his contemporary photographers, we invite you to dust off your film camera, or dig out your old negatives, and give it a go.
If you never shot film before (yes, people too young to have seen a film camera exist), now it is a great time to start. Film camera prices have fallen dramatically and Lomography cameras can be found everywhere. Even if you don’t want to invest on it, single use disposable film cameras can be purchased on Amazon, for example, there are even waterproof ones.
True-to-life colour negatives, moody black & whites, slide emulsions or expired rolls can be found in shops like Film is not Dead. Each brand of film, like cameras and lenses, has its own characteristics. Warm or cold tones, soft or harsh contrast, vignetting and grain are “effects” that can be achieved.
Snappy Snaps still processes film in 1 hour, and you can even try doing it by yourself at places like Photofusion, where you can hire the darkroom by the hour. Professional services are provided by Metro Imaging or Aperture.
Rediscover your negatives (or positives) by digitalising them using any digital camera and a shoe box following this video tutorial. You can always get your negatives and positives scanned professionally as well, we highly recommend it.
If getting into film photography is too big of a task right now but you still want to get the old film look in your pictures and participate, you can use apps like Hipstamatic (where you can choose from various films, lenses and effects), Instagram or even use a wide range of Lightroom presets. Here is a list:
Mastin Labs Authentic Film Presets for Lightroom & ACR
VSCO Film Revolutionary presets and camera profiles
List of Lightroom Film Presets
Lightroom Essentials Workshop at LSP
We prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired.
Send us your images to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Fox Talbot – Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum.
Please submit your photos here (maximum 5 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: June 5th.
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