It's a New Day!

There's not a whole lot better in this life than finding what you're good at, and having the opportunity to do just that.  Recently I left a job at a creative agency that I had been working at for about a year.  I must say...it was 1 year too long!  I'm not the type of person that thrives working under people and taking orders.  A couple of the guys I worked with moved on as well and together we've formed Saint West Filmworks.  

Recently Saint West headed out on a road trip from San Diego to Portland to capture some stock footage.  What a great time of total creative freedom, I highly recommend it!  Below are some captures of the trip taken by the talented Sean Horton

2 Youtube Channels To Check Out

I know that time is not something we all have an abundance of, but if once every week you can spare 10-ish minutes of your life I've got 2 pretty cool Youtube channels to knock some film photography wisdom into your head.

 

1. The Art of Photography

This channel and website from photographer and filmmaker Ted Forbes is one of the best resources for learning more about film photography.  You can find reviews of older cameras, in-depth bios of amazing photographers, how-to guides and even a free give away here and there. 

I'm so happy I found this channel when I first started shooting.  I had a lot of questions (and still do) about not only film, but the cameras I was using.  I watched a ton of his camera reviews and a lot of his thoughts on photography techniques and it helped so much during a time where I really didn't know much at all.  Here's a taste of what you'll find:

 

2. Matt Day Photo

Matt's channel is similar to Ted's, but seems to be more strictly focused on film photography only. He has less about history of other photographers and more show and tell of how he does his thing along with some great reviews here and there.  I think any photographer could learn from Matt's videos, but those using film will get the most out of his stuff.

I found this channel through The Art of Photography.  Ted talked about his favorite channels, and Matt Day Photo was one of them.  I'm glad he did too, I've learned quite a bit from Matt's videos.  Here's one of my favorites from him:


The Work of Julian Martin

It was a ton of fun getting to film Julian Martin for the second story in the Analog Series.  His work really shows his passion and love for film photography.  In all the craziness of getting the video done and online (and even though his work is in the video), I don't want to forget to show some of his best shots.  Below are some that Julian sent over...enjoy!

Philly Love

A little while back I had a video shoot in Philadelphia and brought my Pentax 645 along for the ride.  We went around filming lots of different landmarks for stock footage...I snuck some cool film photography shots in there too.  Driving around Philly was really a different experience for me.  I've done lots of shooting on the east coast, but I've never been to a place and seen so many abandoned buildings.  It seemed as though every corner had some sort of run down or outright abandoned building, even in the downtown area.  It was crazy!  Not complaining though, makes for some good photography.

One of the nights we got inspired to go on a photowalk.  I'm not very experienced in shooting film at night, so this was my first attempt at pushing Kodak Tri-X to 1600 ISO.  Surprisingly it turned out half decent... 

Next Up in the Analog Series...

It's great to see the first story in this series do so well.  Brooks is a super talented guy who deserves a lot of eyeballs on his work.  It took me a little while to find the next person for the series, but ended up finding him in Encinitas, CA.  Julian Martin is a fantastic photographer who shoots a little of everything, but is putting most of his focus and energy these days into fashion.  He's a rad guy and I'm really excited for everyone to hear what he has to say about the art of film photography.

Hopefully everything will be done and put up on the site and social some time at the end of May.  Thanks to Sean Horton for the great digital captures of our shoot day!  

To get an idea of who Julian is and to see his great work, check out the info below...

Instagram - @juliangoulian // Websitejulianmartinfilms.com

To Scan or Not To Scan...

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had some people asking me what scanner I use to scan my negatives.  My answer?  I don't use a scanner.  I send my film to a lab in Carlsbad, CA called North Coast Photographic.  Now, to some people this doesn't make any sense because it seems like such a waste of money.  To me, it makes all the sense in the world...here's why.

I'm a noob. 

I strongly believe that if you are new to the world of film photography, like me, you should think long and hard about sending your film to a lab.  When I first picked up my Hasselblad and a roll of 120 film, I had no idea what I was getting into.  I knew that certain films were more forgiving than others, and with a good light meter I had a shot at getting the right exposure.  That's pretty much it.  Sending film to a lab means that I know if something's messed up, it's probably something i did wrong on my end.  A good lab will show me what my film should look like when developed and scanned well.  I don't want to have to think of anything other than learning how to use my cameras and film better at this point.

I want this to last. 

My biggest fear when I started shooting was that I would get so caught up in all the time consuming technical stuff like developing film or scanning, that eventually I'd just switch to digital or even worse...give photography up all together.  I think as time goes on I'll introduce a little developing and maybe some scanning, but I want to make sure that comes out of growth and an interest to do more.

It's not easy. 

Scanning your own film is not super easy or fast.  Some people make scanning look really easy, and then I find others saying it takes a lot of trial and error to get exactly what you want.  From what I've seen out there, scanning film can consume a lot of your time.  I don't have a ton of extra time to devote to scanning...right now, I'd rather spend that time shooting film and making more Analog stories.

That said...

What it all comes down to is a few questions.  Do you want to scan your film?  Do you have the money to send your film to a lab?  Do you have the time to scan your film?  That's really all that matters.  If scanning is something you want to get in to, then just go for it.  Maybe start small and just scan black and white film so that you don't have to worry about color reproduction.  Then go from there.  I don't want to discourage anyone, just make sure you don't get into this amazing art form of film photography only to have it take to much of your time and effort and ultimately push you away from such a good thing.  Take it slow!

Below are some videos from Matt Day and Ted Forbes I've found interesting and helpful if you're looking to start scanning.  Another place to go for more info would be this scanner group on Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/isf_scanner/

2 Trips to DC...Lucky Me!

I've had the amazing pleasure of shooting in Washington D.C. twice in the last month.  By pleasure, I mean whatever the exact opposite of that word is.  It has nothing to do with the shoot itself, that went great!  The long flights, the weather and the not so nice people didn't help at all.  We had to stay an extra 2 days on the first trip due to a massive snow storm...that sucked!  At least on the second trip I had the forethought to bring my Pentax 645 with me.  It's amazing how having a camera to take shots of all the cool D.C. stuff made the second trip so much more enjoyable.  Well, that and not being in a snowstorm.  All pics below are from the second trip.  Color shots are Kodak Ektar 100, black and white shots are Ilford HP5 and Delta 3200.