Photographers who still shooting with film.

With even Polaroid dropping production of its instant film, it really does look like the end of the road for analog photography.

Or does it?

More than three-quarters of US-based professional photographers who took part in asurvey at the end of 2007 said they would continue to use film photography for at least some projects, even while they used digital formats. The reasons quoted ranged from “film’s superiority in capturing more information on medium and large format film” to “archival storage.”

That survey was conducted by… erm, Kodak, so the figures might not be as scientific as they look. But there are still a number of photographers who insist on spending time in the darkroom instead of in front of Photoshop.

These are some of the biggest.

David Bailey
For David Bailey, the British fashion photographer who rose to fame in the 1960s, sticking with film might appear to have as much to do with nostalgia for Swinging London as a preference for the old way of shooting. But according to BBC journalist’s Nick Robinson’sblog, not only does Bailey still develop with chemicals, he skips the pixels because of the quality.

While taking a portrait of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently, Bailey was reportedly asked if he ever uses digital.

“Nah” he quipped in front of the Labour Party leader. “Digital’s like socialism – it flattens everything out and makes everything the same.”

Jack Dykinga
David Bailey uses film to shoot the famous; Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Jack Dykinga uses film to capture the deserts of the southwest.

The subjects couldn’t be more different but the reasons for ignoring the benefits of digital photography are fairly similar. For Bailey, film photography brings greater depth to an image; for Dykinga, film beats digital images for the amount of information it can pack into a picture.

“There’s absolutely no better way for me to do landscape than large-format film, which in my case is 4×5 and Fuji-chrome Velvia film,” Dykinga told Outdoor Photographer magazine. “In terms of raw capture of information, if you want to look at it from a computer geek’s point of view, I’m capturing roughly 1,500 megabytes of information in a single sheet of film. That translates to about 500 megapixels.”

Sacha Dean Biyan
Sacha Dean Biyan is an award-winning fashion photographer and photojournalist who spends much of his time on the road either shooting for clients that have included Sony Music, the Gap and Lexus or collecting images for his Earth Pilgrim project.

Oddly for someone whose background was originally in aeronautical engineering, Biyan shoots entirely on film — although he might use digital manipulation in post-production. As he explains on his tech-heavy website:

“For now, despite the obvious advantages of digital, my obsession with quality always draws me back to traditional means. I use medium or large format cameras, and still prefer platinum palladium printing for my images, which unfortunately cannot be appreciated over the Internet.”

Nevada Weir
Nevada Weir is a travel photographer whose images have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian and Geo, sold through Getty and Corbis, and appeared in nine photography books.

Not all of her images are shot on film though and while Biyan waxes lyrical about the quality of palladium printing, for Weir, film cameras are simply more practical for the sort of photography she shoots.

“I could care less,” she told Shutterbug magazine, “film – digital; the only problem is that in many places I travel there is no electricity and that eliminates the digital camera.”

Richard Murai
Like Sasha Dean Biyan, Richard Murai, who specializes in shooting the world’s sacred sites, also uses film to capture his images but turns to digital technology when the shooting ends. For printing, he uses digital scanning and large-scale, dedicated grayscale digital printers.

According to his website, that combination of a traditional medium with high tech product gives him maximum control and quality without risking long-term storage problems.

“Photographers can now truly paint with light,” he told the Mowen Solinsky gallery.


Film photography survived.

An interesting video why  film photography does not die and eventually, film begins to have more photographers start shooting in this area.

The beauty of manual SLR photography.

Almost everyone gets to the point sometimes where you are fed up with the tons of pics that take up all the space on your hard drive, and you don’t even wanna bother looking through all of it. The time when you are bored with going through the manual of your DSLR again cause you don’t know what all the buttons are for.

That’s when you would consider to pick up again that old manual SLR from your bottom drawer and rid yourself of all the beeping and flashing that modern cameras tend to come with and just go back to basic once again… or for the first time, depending on your own photographical history.

Time to find out how great it can be to use a manual SLR and about the countless possibilities that come with that!

Increase the possibilities of your pictures

There are many reasons for photographers to want to try out how they would do with a manual SLR. You might discover that the normal point-and-shoot film camera, that you have been playing around with for a while, limits your progress as a photographer, as it doesn’t come with the focusing options you would need to take… let’s say sharp close up portraits.

Photo by Mr Jeff

Simplicity that makes you concentrate

Sometimes it is hard to comprehend all functions of your semi-professional DSLR, which makes you want to go back to a simpler camera, to be able to concentrate on the essentials of focusing, framing and the right exposure. Also, since film and developing of the pics will all cost money, you are likely to choose your objects more carefully and spend more time with composition and the right framing.

Photo by Cai Shun’an

After doing that you can pick up your DSLR again with greater confidence, after mastering the basics on a traditional model that makes you actually do the thinking. Instead of training yourself on a fancy DSLR, that makes you worry to much about mode of metering and hundreds of white balancing options, you can fully concentrate on your object and still get great images without too much post production.

Photo by Shawn Hoke Photography

Used by professionals

Traditional SLRs are still used by many professional photographers who value them for their robustness, which makes them unimpressed with difficult weather conditions. So you might very well come across photo-journalists who like to include an old SLR in their setup.

Photo by brook9457

You might be remembered forever

Today, traditional SLRs like Nikon’s FM2 or Canon’s F and A series – though out of production – are still easy to find on online bidding platforms at reasonable prices. For those who want to dig a little bit deeper in their pockets, you might as well go with one of the famed Leica models. Most of the pictures still regarded ahead of their time today were taken with these cameras, just like Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” was shot with a Nikon FM2.

Photo by Steve McCurry

Put you and your objects at ease

But still, the biggest treat of using a traditional SLR is how it makes you calm down and puts you at ease. The preparations for a day out are enough to put you in the right mood. Take your camera out of where ever you keep it. Look at it from every angle to see if there are any new scratches from the last time of usage. Pull the film advance lever slowly to see if it goes smoothly, and then press the shutter release button to hear that down-to-earth sound, which is just loud enough for you to know that your camera fired, but silent enough to not make you the center of attention. Then you fill it with life (meaning the film) and you are ready to go.

Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Maybe you will stumble across one of those rare moments meant to be remembered forever.


Voigtländer Vitoret DR.

Voigtländer Vitoret DR, 35mm rangefinder camera 1965.

Manufactured: 1965
Film: 135 (35 mm cartridge film)
Frame size: 24 x 36 mm
Lens: f/2.8 Color Lanthar 50 mm
Shutter: Prontor 300 leaf shutter

Image Rights

Voigtländer Vitoret is a 35mm film viewfinder camera manufactured by Voigtländer & Sohn AG, Braunschweig, former West Germany and produced between 1961-1971

The Voigtländer Vitoret series were a very successful range of consumer level inexpensive cameras that were produced from 1961 to 1971. Vitoret series were more inexpensive than the Vito range cause there were the choice of lenses and shutters and a more simple internal design. All series produced with quantity ca 700.000. Many Vitoret cameras are often still useable and capable of providing good results.


How to view Black and White negatives.

Viewing black-and-white negatives before developing larger photo prints is a useful way of discarding unwanted images and selecting only the optimal shots.

To view black-and-white negatives, you will need a light box or a loupe, depending on how much detail you wish to see before development.

A light box is a flat, backlit surface, and a loupe is a type of hand-held magnifier that shows more detail and gives a better idea of what the negative will look like when printed as a larger photo.

Viewing photo negatives is a simple process that amateur photographers can undertake.


How to make prints from 35mm negatives.

This is the basic process how to print 35mm negatives.

Versatile Blogger Award.

Late, too late to thank to Livia Mihaela Firincă Photography for nominate my blog to Versatile Blogger Award, in this post.

Shame on me and sorry for the huge late response Livia, and thank You again.

But for this there are some rules to follow, here they go…

The rules for receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So lets jump to the 3rd rule, the first two are accomplished.

For the Versatile Blogger Award I nominate the following 15 blogs:

MyBlog – solaner

Luddy’s Lens

Mondrak’s Blog

Images of China through English Eyes


Lucas Ranieri Photography

Roho Ya Chui 


Beverly’s Playground 

Dravasp Shroff Photography


Becca White’s Travel Blog

A Touch of the Divine

The Myth of Photography


Now and to finish 7 things about myself:

1) In the top of course, my wonderful daughter.

2) Photography, photojournalism.

3) 70’s, 80’s, 90’s music.

4) Travel.

5) Films, series, documentaries.

6) Humanitarian causes.

7) Social networking sites (twitter, facebook and so on).

I’ll sent this link post to all blogs I’ve nominated.

Thank You and regards.