Sunday, 27 February 2011

FUJI FP-3000B - My UVU Peeps

They are a lot happier after the 9am roll call...

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

FILM IS NOT DEAD - A digital photographer's guide to shooting film

As crazy as this sounds, I just released a book. A book you ask? Yeah, a book. It is called :

FILM IS NOT DEAD - A Digital Photographer's Guide to Shooting Film

It is not even March and there are 8 FILM IS NOT DEAD workshops sold out for 2011 with 5 spots left for the 3 day workshop in Miami in Dec.

I have my Formspring, I have my emails, and every once in a while a phone call will come in. All of them being questions about shooting film, and how to get into it, where to start, what to buy, the list goes on and on.

Now, let me preface this, I am in no way claiming in ANY WAY that I know everything. I don't. But I will say this, I know my craft. I know what the exposure is at a low lit reception within a 1/3 stop and without a light meter. I know how my film is going to react to certain lighting situations. I know all kinds of super geeky info about cameras, where to get them, how to get them on the cheap, how to make your viewfinder brighter than a leprechaun riding a unicorn over a rainbow (no joke). I know my stuff.

That being said, I also have a family, who I love, and they deserve as much time as the effort and time I put into answering questions. I cannot do 9 FILM IS NOT DEAD workshops a year. I just can't.

However, I am an open book, and I don't believe in secrets in any shape or form. I am not a rocket scientist and what I'm doing is not some kind of industry secret. It is a camera in my hand, me pushing the shutter. Simple.

So, I've created this book. There are so many people coming back to film for so many reasons. And this book is here to help and demystify what many seem a daunting task: shooting film. I want to help you shoot film.

Why? Is it because film is rad? Is it because it looks beautiful? Yes, yes, and yes. But mostly, I want to help you find your vision. Film makes you slow down. There is no spray and pray in film, unless you are Daddy Warbucks (each click costs money people). But once you do slow down, and start to hone your vision, not only will your work improve, but you will find direction in your work, more importantly, your voice. There is nothing more important to you as a photographer than your voice.

You know what is amazing about film? The thing that I'm loving the most during the last 2 months of my life? The EASE of it. Shoot, develop, have it scanned, and you are NEARLY done. There is no sitting behind a computer for days on end staring as your vision makes you see triple. Since Dec 28th, I've been to :

San Francisco
and Vegas next week

This is ALL while shooting a TON. I've been able to send my film to RICHARD PHOTO LAB and not worry about having to spend 10x the amount of time I took to shoot to get the images ready.

FILM IS AWESOME. Again, let me repeat, FILM IS AWESOME.

So, you can get this book (96 pages of design perfection, and I'm NOT kidding), by going:


PS, this PDF is on sale for $89 until Feb 23rd when it goes to the normal price of $149. Plan accordingly :)

And for the super curious, here are a couple sample pages of the 96 pages of awesomeness...

Thanks for reading, peeps. And I hope this helps you on your way, wherever it is you are headed.

Again, get your book HERE.