#Filmfeb was a fantastic initiative organised by Jason Avery on Twitter. Questions related to film photography are posted everyday for a month and the community answer using the relevant hashtag. It’s a great way to meet other film photographers, find out what they are up to and have some interesting discussions. I would highly recommend joining in (or at least just following the hashtag!), this month there were also prizes to won from Silberra Film and Japan Camera Hunter. Jason runs a film hashtag 3 times a year as #filmtober ,
#filmjune #filmfeb so make sure you follow him for future gatherings.
This blog post started out as a place to keep my posts to #filmfeb so I could come back to them easily next year and see what’s changed. But then I wanted to be able to ‘bookmark’ some other responses too for future reference, twitter does not make this easy to do! And now there’s this. My posts and a collection of some of my favourite community responses from #filmfeb 2018. Thanks again to Jason and everyone who participated. It’s been a blast.
Ready for a massive wall of Tweets? Here we go…
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For you guys this means we will be offering prizes, yes prizes.
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But for now please find below the first half of the questions so you can prepare pic.twitter.com/2r5tmbBJBo
— Jason Avery (@Jaysargo) January 29, 2018
1 – What are your top 3 goals with film for 2018?
#filmfeb Day 1
Top 3 Goals for 2018
1) Turn more ideas into images
2) 8×10 (Shoot, Dev and print)
3) 4ft x 8ft silver print (Create and sell!)
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 1, 2018
1. Produce a series of panoramic Fenland salt prints 2. Start my village LF portrait project. 3. Only buy film and paper and no kit. #filmfeb
— Andrew Bartram (@Warboyssnapper) February 1, 2018
My #filmfeb top 3 film goals for 2018:
1. Shoot more slide film so that I see some of the slide I shot in 2016.
2. Develop ECN2 film without weird effects or gunk left on the film.
3. Keep up with my film development when I’m not travelling.
— Lilly Schwartz (@blaurebell) February 1, 2018
Goals this year:
1: build my 6×17 camera
3: shoot something interesting for #BIFscale18
3: shoot slide film, something I haven’t done before.
— Alun 🇪🇺 (@Alun_B) February 1, 2018
— Little Vintage Photo (@rebrewster) February 1, 2018
2 – What film are you excited about using the most?
I’m anticipating falling into the negative and never coming out.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 2, 2018
Day 2 of #filmfeb – I’m most excited about shooting the first roll from a bulk load of Delta 100. I’ve never shot it before and can’t wait to get stuck in. Or possibly some Vision 250d. Equally excited. Equi-cited.
— calor_gas_terry (@calor_gas_terry) February 2, 2018
— Charlie 🌈🦄🍄 (@mothdust) February 2, 2018
— Erin Adams (@bAlfred101) February 2, 2018
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 2, 2018
3 – One camera, one film, one location; which 3 would you choose?
(There would also be 4×5/8×10 and FP4 in the bag)
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 3, 2018
— Charles Robinson (@Charles_Rade) February 3, 2018
I went to Iceland for the first time late last year. It was extraordinary! I would love to go back with my 4×5 Intrepid camera, some Polaroid film and plenty of time 😄 #filmfeb
— MerriMayhem (@MerriMayhem) February 3, 2018
#filmfeb a3. Pentax K1000 cuz I’m kind of in love with it right now, portra 160 at Rocky mountain national park.
— Denise (@mybluephase) February 3, 2018
#FilmFeb Q3 – One camera, one film, one location.
Camera: Arca Swiss F-Field 4×5 (never used one!)
Location: Scottish Highlands, hiking + camping.
Film: I love my B+W, but I’ve always wanted to try Ektar 100 in LF.
— Martin Foot (@martinfoot) February 3, 2018
4 – Any tips for first time developers?
#filmfeb Day 4
Tips for first timers…
Take it slow, take notes and only change one variable at a time.
Iterate and experiment.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 5, 2018
The only tip is: Don’t be afraid, just give it a try and don’t worry about which developer you use (I started with Ilford DDX and still love it).
— Isabel Curdes (@IsabelCurdes) February 4, 2018
#filmfeb day 4: Tips for first time developers?
-Take plenty of notes and focus on consistency.
-Test out different developers and film combinations.
— Thomas Way (@tmway84) February 4, 2018
#FilmFeb Q4 – Tips for first time developers
– If you have a large changing bag, put a cardboard shoe box inside it. It gives you plenty of space to play in rather than fighting the fabric
– Learn spooling film with a practice roll in the light
– Get a film puller for 35mm
— Martin Foot (@martinfoot) February 4, 2018
My tips for first time developers:
1. Make sure your reels are 100% dry.
2. Practice, practice, practice loading your reels in daylight with some scrap film.
3. Relax and enjoy the process, it is really easy with a bit of practice and so satisfying.
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 4, 2018
1) Test your fixer
2) Use hypo clear to save water
3) Use distilled water for your final rinse (with photo-flo)
4) Mise en place and the massive dev chart app are your friends
5) Have a towel handy
6) Make sure the lid is on TIGHT before you invert the tank 😳
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 4, 2018
5 – What’s your favourite instant film & why?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 5, 2018
#filmfeb 5 : all of them, and none of them. All, because I’m glad there are new instant materials available from Polaroid-possible and Fuji. None because I honestly have no interest in shooting any right now. Maybe one day… But am pleased the option exists at all!
— Paul Glover (@artXchemistry) February 5, 2018
Day 5 #filmfeb The only instant film I’ve ever loved was a short love affair, it was discontinued right after I discovered it. Fuji FP-3000B stole my heart and left it cold with it’s rapid departure from the scene. A shot of my inlaws on their 50th anniversary. pic.twitter.com/zAHJVTdQyT
— Don Kittle (@donkittle) February 5, 2018
#filmfeb day 5:
I love both Instax mini and Instax wide. Both can produce beautiful (and meaningful) results. pic.twitter.com/o8R8klq2bp
— Lina Forrester (@linaforrester) February 5, 2018
6 – Do you use the zone system? Any tips?
#filmfeb Day 6
The Zone System.
I use a version of it – metering for the various zones, working out where I want detail to be.
From these readings you can work out the dynamic range and contrast.
Low contrast -> push the film.
High contrast -> pull the film. pic.twitter.com/9Kc6zsbUcE
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 6, 2018
#FilmFeb day 6
do you use the zone system?
— jeph foust (@jephfoust) February 6, 2018
Day 6 #filmfeb Yes I do. Remember the benefits of the zone system are for making Silver gelatin prints . Tips test, test test and be consistent in your process. Example Yashica 124G Ilford Hp5 120 developed in Ilfolsol-3 printed on Ilford MTG FB in Dektol 1-1. pic.twitter.com/rkEel1DNWi
— Douglas King (@rainrider101) February 6, 2018
#filmfeb day 6: the zone system is still on my list of things to learn. I think this is the year when I finally make the effort.
— Lilly Schwartz (@blaurebell) February 6, 2018
#FilmFeb day 6
I did read on it but never used it. But I’m willing to learn more about it and apply it my projects this year.
— Jasjit (@JasjitCo) February 6, 2018
#filmfeb Day 6, Zone System. I think I use it to a degree without consciously doing so. I don’t think “zone system”; however I will meter for maybe 3-4 different areas. I am only using it for my initial shot. Haven’t started to use it on negatives in the dark room though.
— Scott (@scottsphoto1218) February 6, 2018
7 – What film cameras are on your 2018 wish list?
and now thanks to @EMULSIVEfilm a Hasselblad. 😉😀
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 7, 2018
#filmfeb day 7:
Already got two cameras from my 2018 wish list for my birthday: Diana F+ and Instax Wide. An Holgaroid is always on my list, but I’m not sure I’ll be getting one this year.
— Lina Forrester (@linaforrester) February 7, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 7. I can’t say I have any dream film cameras on my radar. If anything, going to cull the herd some. Maybe a Nikon F4.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCCunningham) February 7, 2018
Day 7 – What film cameras are on your 2018 wish list?
OLYMPUS MJU II!!!
(I tried to ‘get’ one from eBay but there’s no way I am paying or bidding over hundred pounds for it. Nah)
— Jannine Smith (@JanninesPhotos) February 7, 2018
8 – Light meter or spot, and why?
#filmfeb Day 8
Light meter or spot?
In-camera light meter for 35mm, everything else hand-held spot meter.
(Subject to change based on subject/lighting!)
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 8, 2018
— calor_gas_terry (@calor_gas_terry) February 8, 2018
#filmfeb 8: I use sunny 16, in-camera meters, and handheld meters, depending on the situation and camera choice. I use a spot meter for LF and occasionally for the other formats. I use the Pinhole Assist app for pinhole.
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 8, 2018
Day 8 #filmfeb
Despite my being a big fan of the Zone system (see my previous tweets😂) I use a lightmeter (moreover, the iPhone one). Good spotmeters are a costly pleasure. I want to get one some day though. #filmphotography #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm
— Konstantin Nemudrov (@vordumen) February 8, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 8
At the moment I’m using matrix metering on my Aria because it’s accurate and I never have to think about it. Although I’d really like to learn how to read the scene and shoot without a meter.
— Jack Crowe (@InvisibleElvis) February 8, 2018
9 – Do you have conventions in your area?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 9, 2018
Day 9 #filmfeb we have a few great photography conventions or camera shows in the area. My fav is the Photographic Historical Society of Canada and their spring fair – at the last one I landed a beautiful 115mm f6.8 for my 5×7 so I can go WIDE!
— Don Kittle (@donkittle) February 10, 2018
#filmfeb Day 9: Camera Conventions in my area. I haven’t paid that much attention since I moved back to Colorado. I know most of them are geared towards digital shooters. With that I haven’t paid that much attention. (one of us is a snob. I think it is them)
— Scott (@scottsphoto1218) February 10, 2018
#filmfeb day 9 – not so much Camera conventions but I regularly meet up with Film folk I have known on twitter – here in the UK and around the world. (Actually I’m not sure what a camera convention is 😃)
— Andrew Bartram (@Warboyssnapper) February 9, 2018
— Erin Adams (@bAlfred101) February 9, 2018
10 – Would you give a camera to a friend to get them started in photography? If so which one?
#filmfeb Day 10
Camera to give to a friend.
Probably Nikon FM3a. A dream to use, manual or auto, experiment with a variety of lenses and 35mm is a cheap way to start with film.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 10, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 10:
I’ve given two friends Holgas so they can give film photography a go.
Both still occasionally use them.
— Michael Sturgess (@MikeySturgess) February 10, 2018
#filmfeb day 10 I haven’t loaned a camera to a friend but my wife takes most of the collection to her primary school once a year to go with their ‘Flotsam’ book project.
— Matthew Walters (@MatthewJWalters) February 10, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 10, I gave a friend a Canon AE-1 Program. He found the immediate feedback from digital too compelling to continue w/film.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCCunningham) February 10, 2018
#filmfeb 10 – Probably just a manual SLR with a built-in meter. Maybe aperture priority to make things a bit easier in the beginning.
— Christof Dorner (@chdorner_photo) February 10, 2018
11 – Share your best Image from 2017
#filmfeb Day 11
Best Image of 2017
These Fungi only existed for a few days and I was lucky to be able to capture them with sun on them.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 11, 2018
#filmfeb Day 11. There are images I have taken this year that I am proud of mainly because I achieved something I either though I could not do or conversely achieved exactly what I planned thus
1&2. achieved what I wanted, 3 a new direction for me & 4 trying night photography pic.twitter.com/tkB9V0tWch
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 11, 2018
— Alun 🇪🇺 (@Alun_B) February 12, 2018
Day 11 – Best image from 2017
‘Dancing In Pride’ taken on a Fuji disposable camera that I had purchased from Argos. It was a random choice but somehow I like it pic.twitter.com/HMkLAhZq2g
— Jannine Smith (@JanninesPhotos) February 11, 2018
— Matt P. (@mparry1234) February 11, 2018
#filmfeb – Day 11 – I’ll pick two faves.
“The Scream” because it’s fun – from #SummerFilmParty
— Back East Photo (@BackEastPhoto) February 11, 2018
— Kevin Collins (@KevinCollins00) February 11, 2018
#filmfeb 11: The tunnel pic is my favorite I’ve taken of my typical subject matter. However, I do get some decent snaps of my family occasionally, and those are really special to me. They are the ones I really care about. pic.twitter.com/D5vueRqFF0
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 11, 2018
— Joe Pitz (@joe_pitz_photos) February 11, 2018
10: yep, I’ve done that before! Don’t know if she ever took any photos with it though. 11: from my double exposure roll. I love the magical feeling, swirly background and slightly trippy focus. #filmfeb pic.twitter.com/iK8kXpYxgq
— Charlie 🌈🦄🍄 (@mothdust) February 11, 2018
#filmfeb Day 11: Fav Image of 2017. One of the first images of 2017. The wind came through the trees so fast as I saw the snow coming out of them, I had one opportunity to shoot before I was covered in a complete white out. About 4 F degrees that day. MF, 100 ISO FP4 pic.twitter.com/ydh5uYJkUB
— Scott (@scottsphoto1218) February 11, 2018
12 – Are you trying a new format for 2018? If so, which one?
#filmfeb Day 12
New format for 2018?
If you hadn’t guessed by now, I’m starting 8×10. 😉😀
Fear and excitement.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 12, 2018
— Douglas King (@rainrider101) February 12, 2018
#filmfeb Day 12. Probably not. I want to spend more time shooting 120.
— Adi W 🎹📷 💻🎬✈🌈 (@adiw1202) February 12, 2018
#filmfeb Day 12
1. Yes I will definitely try any decent pinhole. I made pinhole from a basic point n shoot but I didn’t like the results.
2. I am working on 35mm panorama. That I’m actually very excited about.
— Jasjit (@JasjitCo) February 12, 2018
Probably will be giving Instax a go this year, Jollylook will hopefully arrive and I have a few hack ideas.
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 12, 2018
13 – Are you film only or do you have digital too?
and by my own guidelines that means I should probably sell it. 😉
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 13, 2018
#filmfeb Day 13:
Nothing against digital camera’s but I have no desire to pick one up from the drawer at home. People ask “why film”, it’s similar to asking sculptor “why stone” or a painter “why oil”.#believeinfilm
— Andy Clarke (@AndyClarkePhoto) February 13, 2018
Personal photography is film, and work is digital.
— Sam (@samsnch) February 13, 2018
Day 13- I’m film only after many years of digital. I got sick of the easy of use and spending time on photoshop/Lightroom and still not being satisfied with what I got.The slowness of film really changed that.Nowadays digital for me is just my camera on the phone.
— Jorge Carqueijo (@jorgecarqueijo) February 13, 2018
#filmfeb Day 13: Film and/or Digital. I have a DSLR and it does a great job at holding down papers and such. I do use it at family gatherings and a few other events, but am film probably 98% of the time.
— Scott (@scottsphoto1218) February 13, 2018
Day 13 #filmfeb My focus is fine art medium and large format B&W film. I use my digital SLR for occasional commercial work and nature (birds and wildflower macro) . I wouldn’t need it if I could still get short dated Provia 400 for $1.50 a roll and had a local 3 hour E6 lab.
— Douglas King (@rainrider101) February 13, 2018
14 – Do you have a darkroom or plans to build one?
#filmfeb Day 14
Yes, I’ve got a darkroom – although I’m currently in the middle of building The Darkshed. 😀
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 14, 2018
#filmfeb 14: I don’t have a darkroom, or any plans for one ATM. I would like a proper developing sink and to escape the dark bag eventually, but I haven’t been bitten by the printing bug, yet.
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 14, 2018
#filmfeb day 14 have a darkroom – transformed a former shed that housed rabbits into my darkroom, lovely in summer, too cold to use in winter … #filmphotography #believeinfilm pic.twitter.com/MNbtmhS2RE
— Sabine R. Schmidt (@SabineRSchmidt2) February 14, 2018
— Maki (@hanakai2001) February 14, 2018
— Andrew Bartram (@Warboyssnapper) February 14, 2018
15 – Recommend a fabulous photography shop.
#filmfeb Day 15
Recommend a photo shop.
Shout out to @AgPhotographic for their always friendly and helpful service. Low priced film, paper and chemicals are the icing on the cake.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 15, 2018
— Jasjit (@JasjitCo) February 15, 2018
#filmfeb 15) maybe not “fabulous”, but surely a great help for film photo, Punto Foto Group, Milan. And some others here, still alive and well. Of course in Germany you find more…
— Sergio Palazzi (@CanonF1) February 15, 2018
— Don Kittle (@donkittle) February 15, 2018
I would definitely recommend my local, Marriots in Hastings. The guys are really helpful and great for a chat. They stock a bit of film and darkroom stuff like paper and chemicals, there’s a nice stock of second hand kit and they also have a repair guy. 👍
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 15, 2018
16 – What is the weirdest thing you have ever photographed?
Weirdest thing you’ve photographed?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 16, 2018
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 16, 2018
#filmfeb day 16. Weirdest thing I have photographed? In the last 12 months it was probably the Thermo-gradient plate from the laboratories at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place. pic.twitter.com/QpvAO5jvNY
— calor_gas_terry (@calor_gas_terry) February 16, 2018
#filmfeb 16: Not sure how “weird” it is, but I have an unnatural fondness for isolated traffic cones. I started the #lonesomeconesofinstagram hashtag, but it didn’t exactly take off. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/ac7dIaeNHo
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 16, 2018
What is the weirdest thing you have ever photographed?
– As a friend told me once: “Fernando you are an innocent photographer”, I don’t have much weird material, but this one is a WTF that I found in Prague Metro few years ago. pic.twitter.com/I11P1rALnb
— Fer Lavín | film.lav (@f_lavins) February 16, 2018
Nothing really weird but it was a bit strange when the valve on this delivery truck failed (liquid nitrogen or something). Also I wandered around taking pictures in an entire abandoned town in Belgium, that was odd. pic.twitter.com/hQshAdIcEV
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 16, 2018
17 – What are your top 5 films?
#filmfeb Day 17
Top 5 Films
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 19, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 17
Fujifilm Velvia 50
Ilford Photo XP2 400 Super
Kodak 5222 Double X
Kodak Vision 3 250D
Fujifilm Provia 100F
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 17, 2018
#filmfeb day 17. Top 5 films, in no particular order: Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Superia 400, Fuji C200, Ilford XP2 Super 400
— melissa🐝 (@mellonicoley) February 17, 2018
#filmfeb 17 Top 5 Films:
1) Kodak Pro Image 100
2) Fuji Superia 400
3) Ilford HP5+
4) Pan F 50
5) Ferrania P50
Clean and nostalgic
Colorful and readily available
Versatile as anything
Clean and smooth
Clean and classy
— James Cockroft (@jam_esc) February 17, 2018
#filmfeb – Day 17
Too difficult. I’ll cheat….
— Back East Photo (@BackEastPhoto) February 17, 2018
18 – Have you ever built your own camera? If not would you?
#filmfeb Day 18
Have you built your own camera?
Nope, never tried this…
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 19, 2018
Yeah I’ve built/hacked a few cameras. My latest is a 4×5 pinhole made from a cigar box, super proud of that one as the results are great. I’ve also hacked an Agfa Record lens on to a 6×12 Holga and used the leftover body to make a 6×9 rollfilm pinhole. pic.twitter.com/WLnWSr8OPK
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 18, 2018
— Kevin Collins (@KevinCollins00) February 18, 2018
Have you build your own camera? If not would you?
I have build a pinhole cam, a Tefau, it was lots of fun and got interesting results, although…the pinhole I did, was too big and the photos came out of focus.
— Fer Lavín | film.lav (@f_lavins) February 18, 2018
— Toby Van de Velde (@TobyVPhoto) February 18, 2018
— Toby Van de Velde (@TobyVPhoto) February 18, 2018
19 – Have you ever used chromogenic film?
#filmfeb Day 19
Ever used Chromogenic film?
Nope, but got a roll of XP2 waiting to be shot…
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 19, 2018
— Dan Smith (@DanSmith74) February 19, 2018
— Adi W 🎹📷 💻🎬✈🌈 (@adiw1202) February 19, 2018
— Kevin Collins (@KevinCollins00) February 20, 2018
20 – What style of photography would push you out of your comfort zone?
#filmfeb Day 20
Photography to get out of comfort zone?
Staged photography, creating a full concept, working on location, models, complex lighting.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 21, 2018
I would likely be out of my comfort zone shooting high-speed events, like football for example. I’m quite a calm and paced person, which is how I approach photography also 🙂
— Andy Clarke (@AndyClarkePhoto) February 20, 2018
Day 20- fashion photography or just asking people to pose for photographs. Hate it and not good at all doing it.
— Jorge Carqueijo (@jorgecarqueijo) February 20, 2018
#filmfeb day 20
kind of photography thanking me out of my comfort zone?
portrait. I am most used to photographing things that don’t talk back nor care what the photos look like.
— jeph foust (@jephfoust) February 20, 2018
Day 20 #filmfeb: After walking the streets of #Raleigh for the past 2-3 years almost every week, not many types of photography push me out of my comfort zone. If I had to choose, it would be studio portraits mostly due to the lack of experience & knowledge. #believeinfilm
— Thomas Way (@tmway84) February 20, 2018
21 – What film developing chemicals do you recommend and why?
#filmfeb Day 21
Dev chemicals recommendations?
I tend to use @ILFORDPhoto ID-11, making up 5L batches.
Then use @TetenalUK Protectan Spray to increase the storage life.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 21, 2018
#filmfeb a 21: I haven’t tried many developers, but for c-41 I like the tetenal kit with the bleach and fix combined into one step, and for B&W I like DDX at 1+6 cause it seems to give nice balanced tones.
— Machine.Generated (@okimaspambot) February 20, 2018
#filmfeb Day 21:
Send my films off to the lab at the moment so can’t give a recommendation.
If LabBox is happening I might give home developing a go.
— Michael Sturgess (@MikeySturgess) February 21, 2018
#FilmFeb day 21 I use Ilfosol 3 and Ilford rapid fixer, mainly because that was recommended to me and I’m not inclined to experiment. Swapped from washing up liquid to Photoflo for the rinse as I had some issues with it marking 4×5 sheets.
— Matthew Walters (@MatthewJWalters) February 21, 2018
Day 21 #filmfeb
My favourite dev chemical is Ilfotec DD-X. Liquid convenience and Ilford themselves recommend it across almost all categories (best overall quality, grain, speed, convenience) for almost all of their films.
— Alex P (@35mm_etc) February 22, 2018
Day 21 #filmfeb Arista film developer re-branded Clayton F76+. Fine grain, multi-ratio, push processing. Very inexpensive, long shelf life. One shot or replenish. Very nice results. I store my stock solution as pictured below pic.twitter.com/Ymf6ppuTPC
— Joe Pitz (@joe_pitz_photos) February 21, 2018
22 – If you could spend a day shooting with any film photographer, dead or alive,
who would it be and why?
#filmfeb Day 22
Spend a day with a film photographer?
It would have to be Giles Duley @gilesduley .
Fantastic and powerful story teller. A day wouldn’t be enough! 😀
Check out his videos with @ILFORDPhoto…inspirational.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 22, 2018
#filmfeb day 22. My first thought is Ansel Adams. I’ve had “Ansel Adams In Colour” checked out of the library for well over a month now, I just love flicking through it! Would have loved to work with him and learn more about his image-taking process.
— melissa🐝 (@mellonicoley) February 22, 2018
#filmfeb day 22
That photographer would be Steve McCurry. I just love his work and what he did with Kodachrome and other Kodak films. I would like to spend day with him in Rajasthan, India photographing what he did best.
— Jasjit (@JasjitCo) February 22, 2018
#filmfeb 22… Any photographer? Hummm… maybe Stephen Shore: I’m quite interested in his “photography as problem solving” ideas, and would hope to come away with something that would germinate into problems to solve via photography.
— James Cockroft (@jam_esc) February 22, 2018
#filmfeb 22 part 2: Not exactly the question, but if I could watch Michael Kenna or Jerry Uelsmann print, that would be amazing.
— Monika (@DrMarsRover) February 24, 2018
23 – Why do you think there has been a resurgence of film lately?
#filmfeb Day 23
Why a resurgence of film?
…because the advantages of film were overshadowed by digital advances for a while…
Let’s hope it stays strong, being able to make a creative choice on type of film/digital is more preferable imo.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 23, 2018
#filmfeb day 23 photography in general is accessible and good results easily obtainable using modern phones. Kids get stimulated and join college courses where some film photography is still taught – and the bug begins – let’s hope it is sustained – that’s one reason
— Andrew Bartram (@Warboyssnapper) February 23, 2018
#filmfeb day 23 – I think there’s a big resurgence in traditional, tactile crafts & skills, film photography being one. The used camera market is huge with a low cost of entry compared to digi & some use it to differentiate output from the billions of digi shots. pic.twitter.com/x8y1pA8xtC
— calor_gas_terry (@calor_gas_terry) February 23, 2018
#filmfeb 23: I think digital evolution slowed and as cams became more homogeneous, companies started cluttering menus with gimmicky junk. Plus, shooting for histograms was never fun. I enjoy a simpler, menu-free world, where I end up with photos instead of editing debt.
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 23, 2018
#filmfeb 23 – I think it’s partially the new generation (me and younger) who has seen this fast paced ever changing digital world and they’re longing for something tried and true, something calming.
— Christof Dorner (@chdorner_photo) February 23, 2018
24 – Share a picture of your film camera bag – what essential stuff do you have in there?
#filmfeb Day 24
Film camera bag photo
Here’s one of those ‘what’s in my bag’ shots.
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 24, 2018
— Marcus didius falco (@falcos2012) February 8, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 24. Meet Robert, Daniel & Christopher my @homeofmillican camera bags. Aside from work stuff they will carry my camera of choice, lenses, lens cleaner (lens pen), film, filters, shutter cable and biscuits/sweets. Choice of bag will depend on the days requirements pic.twitter.com/etZFvgB3q7
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 24, 2018
— Stefano (@plusloin_music) February 24, 2018
— Philip Constant (@pbconstant) February 24, 2018
Day 24 #filmfeb My camera bag-
20~ yr old Lowepro mintrekker holds my KB Canham DLC 4×5. 300mm, 180mm & 90mm lenses, Dark cloth, Ashai Pentax spot meter, film holders with usually #FP4plus , cable releases and focus aids. pic.twitter.com/6rrZlmitR2
— Douglas King (@rainrider101) February 24, 2018
25 – If someone said “Film is Dead” what would you response be?
#filmfeb Day 25
“Film is dead”
Errrr….you have seen the announcement from @KodakProFilmBiz , right?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 25, 2018
#filmfeb day 25. It’s usually ‘can you still get film for that’. Yes, I tell them. More and more new film is being launched. And then bore them for as long as possible about the thriving film community. They then walk off vowing never to speak to strangers again.
— calor_gas_terry (@calor_gas_terry) February 25, 2018
#Filmfeb Day 25
I usually explain how many films I still shoot/develop/print, show them pics I have in my phone, they are stunned and finally I ask them if they have any 📷 lying “dead” in their 🏠 , as I would happily give them a proper “funeral”. It’s quite funny actually !!
— Gregory Antikian (@GregAntikian) February 25, 2018
#filmfeb 25: Hardly there’s anyone around us who’s eager to put himself under such a risk like telling us that film is dead. By the way, ULTIMA II 400 (which was also known as L320) comes out to public test by the end of the next week. #film #weneedmorefilm #silberra
— SilberraFilm (@SilberraFilm) February 25, 2018
#filmfeb 25: My neighbors sometimes question the viability of film, and I launch into a lengthy diatribe about latency, physicality, longevity, & aesthetic qualities of film. I remind them of floppy and Zip disks, and ask how long they’ll be able to read their cds of pictures 1/2
— James Cockroft (@jam_esc) February 25, 2018
Simply put: 1) the film is too expensive to be more than a novelty and 2)til now the cameras were really bulky and 3)they aren’t serious enough (😉) and 4)the film’s really expensive:£8 for 10 Fuji shots v £7 for 36 shots of 35mm Ektar or 80 shots of 120 for £25 (5 pack) #FilmFeb
— LondonCameraProject (@camera_london) February 27, 2018
26 – What do you think makes the film community so strong?
#filmfeb Day 26
What makes the film community so strong?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 26, 2018
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 26, 2018
26: Been shooting film for what feels like a long time (and not that old). It does feel like film vanished for some time but maybe that was because I only found this community a few years ago. Anything that involves art has community and I’m glad this one exists also! #filmfeb
— Andy Clarke (@AndyClarkePhoto) February 26, 2018
#filmfeb 26: communities like the one here on Twitter make and make the community strong; sites like @EMULSIVEfilm and @HamishGill; podcasts too @FilmPodcast and many others. All this digital media is what keeps us together.
— James Cockroft (@jam_esc) February 26, 2018
26) There are a lot of like-minded people in the community that respects the medium and also a lot that makes discussions very interesting 27) I like the slow burn so no not yet for Instant. #filmphotography #filmfeb @Jaysargo
— rpmad (@shuttergrinch) February 26, 2018
27 – Is instant film part of your photography? If not why?
#filmfeb Day 27
Is instant film part of your photography?
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 27, 2018
#filmfeb 27: Yep! I have an SX-70 Sonar OneStep, an SLR 690, a LomoInstant Square, a Polaroid 440, and a packfilm back for my 4×5. I mostly use instant for snaps of family and friends. I also have the SP-3 Instax printer that I use to make quick prints of digital shots, too. pic.twitter.com/spQTsNuEvm
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 27, 2018
No. 27: oh yes instant film is post certainly apart of my photography. It’s one of my favorite parts actually. When a photo pops out it gets me & other people psyched. From Impossible Project to @polaroidorignls my heart 💜 goes pitter-patter for instant film. #Filmfeb pic.twitter.com/fTnOi49R6I
— Ben Soto 🏳️🌈 (@thecalifaskid) February 27, 2018
— Joe Pitz (@joe_pitz_photos) February 27, 2018
#filmfeb 27. I have an instax & Instax wide, they only tend to get used for fun. It was great giving them loaded to a 5 & 8 year old to shoot & seeing their excitement at the shots. This wide was only £10 in a charity shop! pic.twitter.com/YZS7aVSb7r
— Tony Smith (@AS0151) February 27, 2018
#Filmfeb 27: I have used instax mini a bit, but I found the camera’s (Mini 90) automated nature very frustrating. None of the other available cameras seem any better from a control point of view. I am planning to adapt some kind of back for my Bronica once my 617 is finished.
— Alun 🇪🇺 (@Alun_B) February 28, 2018
28 – Has #filmfeb taught you anything?
Learning the phrase ‘mise en place’ from @thisJasonSelf
I find myself approaching many things in life this way. And it’s great advice for first time deve’rs 😀
— John Whitmore (@thedarkshed) February 28, 2018
#FilmFeb Day 28 has def expanded my knowledge of films and developers other people find useful. Have them on my list to try.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCCunningham) February 28, 2018
Day 28 #FilmFeb As Ben indicated filmfeb shows what kind of film community we have. It was also lots of fun and very interesting to hear everyone’s answers.
— Joe Pitz (@joe_pitz_photos) February 28, 2018
— Jason Self (@thisJasonSelf) February 28, 2018
#FilmFeb 28: I learned that C41 BW is called chromogenic film and that everyone else seems to have way more stuff in their camera bag. My Speed Graphic already weighs 3.5kg, so I simply can’t carry more than one lens, light meter, 2 film holders, some filters and a tripod.
— Lilly Schwartz (@blaurebell) February 28, 2018
#FilmFeb day 28 I think its important to hear the different perspectives. This diversity of thought, ideas and processes can help me understand stuff I am may have not bothered with or understood properly.
and oh yeah at least I know its not a leap year pic.twitter.com/z5X1YjOsah
— Sandeep (@Givemeabiscuit) February 28, 2018