Mastering composition, conquering the blackest black, capturing ghosts with a DIY camera, launching your career with a grant, understanting the ups and downs of the industry, unsharpening film, unresing digital, drooling at medium format rumours, destroying sensor dust, nailing colour, cringing at 8K, freeing yourself of social media, and more 🙂
Before we start, a heartfelt Thank You to all who answered my question about the colour and b&w photographs in the past two weekly roundups. Your feedback is appreciated. And it has prompted me to start wrting a post about how to choose between the two.
That is a tall order and an ambitious subject, possibly arrogantly so 😉 But the extraordinary work of photographers such as Ernst Haas or Saul Leiter in colour, and of Pentti Sammallahti, Peter Turnley, Andre Kertesz, Josef Sudek, Sally Mann, or Ansel Adams in b&w, does beg the question of what makes each style important and which bests suits our needs. Even more important is how to use either successfully, a topic about which not a lot has be written convincingly.
So that’s for next week, if I find the right words for the proper ideas 😉
WOLFEN NP100 is a very fine grain 100ASA filmstock, and the company’s first new product in half a century. The move comes after the merger of German film companies, FilmoTec and InovisCoat. Film is here to stay.
The film look is soft. Can new, sharper filmstock lower sales ? This post not only suggests it, and I wholeheartedly support the author, but also suggests alternatives to sharpness for innovation directions. Double whammy.
As a teenage telescope builder, the blackest black was once an obsession (the interior walls of telescope tubes must be as black as possible). This isn’t the darkest product in the world, but it comes close and is afforable.
Not a lot can teach you more than looking at a familiar problem tackled by different people. Filmmakers take a very different approach to colour management than most photographers. And theis video feels like an interesting investment of your time if those topics matter to you.
According to the post, “Instagram use (has been linked) to things like depression, body image concerns, low self-esteem, anxiety, and other mental health issues.” And there’s far worse to add. So, if you ever needed a how-to to set you free, this is for you.
In other news, I will soon be launching Trust Issues #1, a newsletter about … trust 🙂 Issues, here, refers to the episodes, not problems.
I strongly believe – and all of my adult and professional life confirms it – that trust is one of the most underrated assets in our lives. So Trust Issues will be all about understanding, nurturing and benefiting from higher levels of trust.
I’ll start with two issues a month and see where that takes us. DS subscribers will be my test audience 🙂 I hope that’s OK with you!
There are two reasons for starting this way.
(1) You know me and have been warned, so you will know it is not spam.
(2) Over the years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have a readership largely composed of really great people. So I’m hoping for interesting feedback.
However, these emails will be sent using a separate list, so feel free to unsubscribe at any point, it will not impact DS emails. I do hope you enjoy the new newsletter. Issue #1 will be about The Beatles.
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