In my photographic process, scanning film has always been the most the most tedious process and always the bottleneck.
Recently, Hamish Gill of 35mmc.com announced the "pixl-latr," an affordable and easy to use solution to scan film, will soon be heading to Kickstarter.
From what I've seen, it looks like an interesting solution to a problem that many of us have.
Head over to http://pixl-latr.com to to get signed up for the mailing list and stay up to date with the product and the upcoming Kickstarter campaign!
For many film photographers (admittedly myself included), large format photography is an unfamiliar frontier. Whether it's all the technicalities (lens movements? Bellows? What does it all mean?) or a matter of price and accessibility, there's a large number of us that just haven't gotten to the point where we feel comfortable diving in just yet.
That may soon change.
Steve Lloyd, whose Chroma project I've been following for the past few months, is now live on Kickstarter.
As Steve explains, he wanted to build a large format camera that was light and easy to carry, so he did what any sane and reasonable person would do: he designed a camera from the ground-up. Weighing in at roughly 1 Kilo, or just over 2 pounds and being made of laser-cut acrylic, it can be made in any number of colors!
If you can't tell, I'm excited. This camera will be my first foray into large format photography and I'm especially excited that I'm supporting a brilliant maker and friend with his project.
I'd drop all the tech specs here, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't know what most of it means, so it's best that I just direct you to the Kickstarter campaign for all those juicy details.
Also, as we had the idea a little later on in the process, ShootFilmCo is working with Steve on creating a limited edition custom Chroma Lapel Pin available as one of the rewards. Design is not yet finalized but we're going to unveil those very soon.
Kodak just released an update about their forthcoming Super 8 camera via a short email with an accompanying audio interview with Steve Parsons, the project's Program Director, Holger Schwaerzel, Product Manager, and Yves Behar, creator of the original design concept.
One notable piece of news that will likely stand out:
"The KODAK Super 8 Camera and processing ecosystem will be available in 2018 for approximately $2500-$3000"
Pinhole is a VERY different process than what I'm used to. As "simple" as it is, I always found it a bit intimidating!
When I saw these beautifully crafted pinhole cameras by @ondu_pinhole, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. I even tried to take a 1-second portrait...fingers crossed! They also have a customized engraving option, which I absolutely had to take advantage of.
I shot some videos of my first pinhole shooting experience, and as soon as I get the results back, I'll be sharing that video and the photos.
This model is the 6x12 Multiformat, which shoots in 6x6, 6x9, AND 6x12! Of course, I HAD to shoot 6x12. The crew at ONDU are also offering you guys a pretty chunky discount of 30% for the 6x12 Multiformat! Just use code "mikeondu30" at ondupinhole.com! The code is good until November 23rd, 2017.
Oh, and another thing: you'll get a free "Analog Forever" ShootFilmCo lapel pin with the discount code, too!
I also listed ONDU in the Ultimate Gift Guide for Film Photographers, so be sure to check out that lisit!