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Impossible Project’s new B&W 2.0 film develops faster and sharper thanks to a new formula

 
 

The story behind The Impossible Project has been an inspiring one. After Polaroid ditched its instant film department, Impossible came to fruition when it purchased Polaroid’s old machinery and brought back to life a production plant where Polaroid’s infamous film was created.

After much trial and error with chemicals...

Is film dead? Far from it according to Ilford’s latest survey

 
 

Towards the end of 2014, Ilford Photo conducted an international survey to audit the film market and see how it compared to previous years. Saturday, they released the results from the survey and they’re quite surprising.

According to Ilford, ‘thousands of users from over 70 countries completed the survey.’ Of the...

Mastin Labs Ilford B&W Preset Pack takes film emulation to the next level

 
 

In the age of digital photography, it’s slightly paradoxical that we look to the past for inspiration on how to bring to life our images of today. Specifically, I’m referring to the trend of using analog-inspired presets to bring character to our otherwise sterile digital images.

To some people though, it’s not about...

Where’s the picture? Kids React captures children’s bewildered responses to the film camera


 
 

With the possible exceptions of cat videos, people taking pratfalls, and the latest meme du jour, there aren't many videos on YouTube with the staying power of the Kids React series. Now, the Kids React team have taken on the humble film camera in their latest videographic rebuttal to the older generation's...

Epson Perfection V800, V850 Pro scanners promise faster, better quality film scans


 
 

Do you shoot film, either alongside your digital camera or exclusively? Perhaps you have a treasure trove of old photos you've never brought into the digital age, or maybe you did so years ago with a scanner of dubious quality, and feel you could extract more from those old negatives and slides. Either way, the...

The show must go on: Can Kodak movie film be saved at the urging of the Hollywood greats?


 
 

Like it or not, digital imaging has erased film from most of our lives. There are still some who still hang onto film, though, whether for nostalgia or for its remaining benefits over digital. The same is true in Hollywood, where certain directors -- Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and J. J. Abrams among their...

Crazy-cool: Behind the scenes for the creation of “Gradus” - Pinhole-camera Bullet Time!


 
 

Meet Brandon Griffiths: sports photographer, designer, and innovator. He is fascinated with exploring new ways to capture live action using modern technology, and does so in a unique fashion, by placing special emphasis on maintaining ties with the traditional roots of photography. Griffiths is in pursuit of the...

A glimpse under a mountain at the world’s largest photo archive

 
 

Think that your cloud backup, off-site hard copies, and RAID setup will keep your photo collection safe? Well, probably. But some folks go to more extreme measures to preserve their archives.

Underground, a 16-minute documentary by the Carnegie Museum of Art, takes a look at the Bettman Archive, owned by Corbis Images....

A photojournalist’s Sochi, through a 4x5 view camera

 
Photo: Guy Rhodes

When Guy Rhodes covered the Winter Games in Sochi for USA Today Sports a few months ago, he not only brought his typical digital gear for work, but also hauled along a 4x5 large format view camera and 34 sheets of Kodak Tri-X 320 film for a personal project.

That project, essentially, was to “let go” of...

Wanderlust’s Kickstarter-funded large-format film camera to go on sale this summer for $149

 
 

Medium-format digital cameras are newly “affordable” thanks to the upcoming Pentax 645Z, which will sell for a smooth $8,500 (body-only, of course). But if you’ve ever been tempted by the bounties beyond 35mm and can’t quite afford to spend your house’s down payment, your most affordable option might be the $149...

Pentax Film Duplicator helps you scan 35mm and medium-format film quicker

 
 

Back at the CP+ tradeshow in Japan last February, Ricoh announced quite a range of new photo gear for its Pentax brand, but perhaps the most interesting for film photographers who haven't transitioned their old photos to digital was the Pentax Film Duplicator. Now, the company has provided a release date for this...

Jezebel explores lingering weakness in photography: making dark skin look good

Gawker blog Jezebel takes a broad look at a lingering problem in photography and videography: Cameras often struggle to make dark skin look its best.

In the post, the author argues that the photo and film industry has traditionally treated pale skin as the “default,” so to speak—color cards from the 1940s and 1950s used a solitary, white female as the reference for balancing...

100 year old time capsule reveals perfectly preserved glimpse into Oklahoma City’s past (VIDEO)

 
 

In 2013, Oklahoma City dug up a century old timecapsule, diving into all manner of item stashed away from the early 20th century. What they didn't know was what was inside a perfectly preserve package of Westfall Drugstore wrappings, which they've only now opened. Its contents? An immaculate camera, and a developed roll...

Photographer builds automatic film developing robot out of Lego

 
 

If you've spent any time in a darkroom at all, you know the actual business of developing film can be extremely tedious. Swapping out chemicals, agitating, and rinsing, waiting for a timer to go off to let you know you've been doing it for the right amount of time. But Dutch photographer Jan van den Broek has managed to...

The Lux is a 3D-printed open-source medium format box camera

Building things yourself can be an incredibly satisfying pastime -- be it as mundane as Lego, as sophisticated as a model railroad, or as useful as furniture. For us photographers and photo enthusiasts, the ultimate DIY job of course is a full working camera. There are several DIY camera kits available for purchase out there, such as the Last Camera...

Once upon a time, there was a thing called film


 
 

In BuzzFeed user Henry Goldman's short video for children, “Film Photography Explained to Modern Kids”, the narrator says, “The way you shared a photo of someone back then was you put it in their hands and they looked at it.” This wonderful sentiment permeates the whole video, which is designed to teach modern kids...

Danish duo to make new Super 8 camera

 
 

While 35mm film might be struggling, analog photographers have nothing on those who love Super 8 film for video. With production on cameras long since ended, and ever decreasing film stock, there's not a lot of development going on for 8mm film. But a father/son duo from Denmark are bucking the trend, and have designed...

Ever wanted to build your own interchangeable-lens camera? Now you can!


 
 

As an enthusiast, getting out and taking photos is endless fun, but have you ever wished you could go a step further and build your own camera? Now you can, for very little money and not an unreasonable amount of effort.

With many other hobbies -- computers, model railroads, radio-controlled cars and planes,...

“Long Live Film” documentary explores the continuing fascination with analog photography

 
 

As you might guess from its name, Indie Film Lab is a small film lab based in Montgomery, AL. The lab has teamed up with the folks at Kodak (now Kodak Alaris) to put together a documentary looking at why photographers still shoot film. The documentary is called "Long Live Film," and while we don't know when it'll come...

Kodak Personal Imaging becomes Kodak Alaris — but don’t worry, your film isn’t going anywhere

 
 

Yesterday, Kodak exited bankruptcy, leaving behind the world of consumer products to instead focus on its commercial services. But where does that leave Kodak Personal Imaging, which was sold to Kodak's UK pension plan earlier this year? That sale officially went through today, and what was Kodak Personal Imaging is now...