In recent years, film photography has witnessed a significant renaissance—and not just among those who have previously shot with film. Interest in film photography and analog photography has also grown enormously among those who only have experience shooting digitally. In The Film Photography Handbook, 2nd Edition, authors Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae speak to both types of film photographers as they offer an easy-to-understand, complete resource to shooting film. In this updated and expanded edition, they address today’s working climate, including such topics as the hybrid film/digital workflow, the digitization of negatives, and using smartphones for light metering and to assist in film processing.
This book is intended for anyone who is curious about film and analog photography, whether you need a refresher course or are discovering this wonderful format for the first time. You’ll learn how easy it is to shoot and process black-and-white film at home, and that just a little special equipment is needed to get into film photography.
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Working in such an “analog” medium requires a unique approach to photography, and it fosters a completely different form of creativity. Working in film and embracing analog photography can also prove to be a great inspiration for your own digital photography, as well. The Film Photography Handbook, 2nd Edition covers it all—from the technical to the creative—and will have you shooting film in no time, whether it’s with an old rangefinder, an inexpensive Holga, or a medium-format Rolleiflex or Hasselblad.
Chris Marquardt, Monika Andrae
8 x 10in
Gloria July 26, 2019
This is the how-to book you’ll need and want when/if you try your hand at film photography — all the rage now!
I have noticed that using film cameras is becoming trendy and I think we all need a refresher course on how to use such cameras. This is the one to get! I love that the authors start by pointing out that you may need to explain why you want to shoot film 🙂 I always appreciate a sense of humor in a book.
Never having developed film myself, and now of course you can exclusively shoot digital, it was fascinating to read their description the “various combinations of camera, exposure, film, and developer“ a photographer has to take into account when shooting film. I assume the authors will say it yields great results. The authors maintain that one advantage of shooting film is that you have fewer options and that the simplicity of that can make you a happier photog. I do admit that digital cameras have far too many options for me to ever fully use.There is a useful chapter on the pros and cons of analog versus digital including the contrast range of each, the sharpness of focus, and white balance, among other things. Before I read this book I didn’t know there was that much to think about because I thought the main difference between film and digital was that film was more cumbersome to develop and that you could take many more pics with digital 🙂 Turns out there’s a world of difference is and it’s worth exploring both kinds of photography.
I did not know that the film grains of a photograph depended a lot on the kind of development used. The techie photographers will love this book as well because it gives an easily understood explanation of, for example, film grain and what affects it, and then gives an interesting technical explanation of exactly what happens in development vis-à-vis film grain. Most of the photo magazines I read occasionally mention such pre-digital cameras as the rangefinder, and discuss a medium and large format. Here I have a chance to learn what those are in short, pithy chapters. Yay!
For someone like me who has never used a light meter, the chapter on how to use them to vary exposure was enlightning and well done. They even point out apps for your smart phone to use as a light meter! The authors devote an entire section to film as well and tell us that black-and-white film today is much more sensitive to the visible spectrum than the old film.
The authors point out that having the film developed by a professional developer is the way the easiest way to go, but then they proceed to give us quite a bit of information about developing film ourselves including a detailed recipe for that very thing – how helpful is that!
Since I have never used an actual dark room and do all my post processing in Photoshop, I was delighted to see a section on scanning the photos so that you can then process them digitally.
So pull out your father’s old film camera or get a new one and start using this indispensable, easy to read manual on how to shoot non-digitally. I will be referring to it often, given that we now own a film camera. Well done book!
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