If there's one thing that's keeping traditional analogue film still alive, it's lomography's relentless pursuit to keep the medium alive with unique cameras that always seem to bring a new approach to film photography. This time around it's introducing the Konstruktor: a $35 build-it-yourself plastic camera that gives photographers a crash course on how they're soul-stealing device really works.
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I've been thinking a lot lately. About everything. The business. Our "craft" and the economics and sustainability of what we do as creatives in this ever changing world. But that's for a later post perhaps, and I always tend to think too much anyway...
As part of a final project for a photography class, two students at Kingston University in the UK swallowed 35mm film and let their internal organs do the heavy lifting for them. After "collecting" the slides in a dark room, they fixed the silver and scanned the film with an electron microscope. The result is quite lovely.
Polaroid might've ditched the instant film business but it doesn't mean they can't make digital equivalents. The Polaroid Z340 looks like a great digital compromise: classic body, digicam innards like 14 megapixels, flip-up LCD, etc. and ink-free prints.
Unfortunately, Samsung's lost camera prototypes that appeared on their website back in May were developed for "internal purposes" only, but one of their product managers has confirmed that the boxy model was a digital medium format camera.
Sure, the immediate impetus of Pop Photo's list of 12 film cameras to buy is the creeping price of DSLRs in the wake of Japan's giant mess, but really, now is the perfect time to get into film, the perfect time to make seriously artsy photos.
I was only joking last week when I said I wanted to develop some film in vodka after seeing photos developed in lake water, but photographer Casey Holford beat me to the punch, by soaking his Kodak Ultramax roll of film into some rubbing alcohol for around 10 minutes before shooting on it.
Just because that awesomely retro film camera you bought on eBay or at the junk shop uses film that's no longer in production (case in point: 126 film) doesn't mean you can't get any photos out of it. Through-the-viewfinder photography can be pretty effective when done well, by pointing a digital camera's lens through the viewfinder of ye olde camera, and snapping away.
I'm in love with these bespoke pinhole cameras, made from vintage hardbacks. But at $US200 each, I'd almost rather cut out a cereal box and make my own. Nonetheless, it's got a magnetic shutter and comes with a manual.