For many years, photographers everywhere trusted Kodak Tri-x not only for its reliability, but also because it was simply just an incredible black and white film emulsion. Over the years it evolved and these days only the ISO 400 variant still remains. It’s a high speed film that is still in use with street photographers, documentary photographers, and well honestly a lot more than that. It’s prized for its look combined with it’s price point.
“When a photograph is captured on film, you are freezing a moment in time that would otherwise only live in your memory.”
There was a period of time in the evolution of photography from film to digital where it was inevitable that perhaps every single film emulsion would disappear: but the one that stood out as impossible to disappear in everyone’s mind arguably was Kodak Tri-X 400. For years, this film has been on the front lines…
“…documentary photo projects have had the potential to change the world; exposing atrocities and ending wars.”
Sometimes the best camera is the one you have one you. But these are better I’m sure.
Remember: All anyone sees are the images.
These are some incredible resources for documentary photographers to check out.
“When trouble forms the very heart of a story, journalist must seek out subjects who are most likely to see it again, and allow us to witness it though their eyes.”
These documentary style photographers are bound to get you excited to go out there and shoot.
Documentary Photography’s effectiveness is still there; but the way people consume media has changed.
The good thing about digital cameras dominating in popularity over film these days is, many photographers have ditched their film equipment, therefore all the items needed can be found for pretty cheap from thrift stores, eBay, Craigslist, and local photo schools.
I began analog photography very shortly after I took interest in photography as a hobby. It was a really beneficial way to learn the fundamentals, and depend on my knowledge rather than the “digital safety net.”
We also need to talk about loading 120 film, because even if you have experience with 35mm film, 120 is a totally different beast in terms of how you load it. You see, 120 film comes on rolls, so it’s just one long roll of film.
The pinhole camera has been a classic DIY project for students discovering photography for many decades. If you want to get a deeper appreciation for the basic DNA of a camera, build a pinhole camera. Pinhole cameras are bare-bones cameras; they consist of a black box, a place to put photo-sensitive material, and a pinhole-sized opening that projects a faint image on light-sensitive material. Stripped of the bells and whistles, all cameras—film and digital—follow this design. Some (OK, almost all) cameras are more advanced. But DIY is making a comeback, especially among millennials, so, let’s make a pinhole camera!
“Since typical street shooters need to capture fast-changing moments, the faster the film the better.”
“I compare black and white photography to a language that comes from the past.”
“…going into your shoot with some sort of story that you want to tell can be a great way to help you keep a good flow and have those 36 exposures count.”
Hi everyone,In the spirit of all things analog being featured this month, one lucky La Noir Image subscriber will be the winner of our current giveaway: two packs of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome. This film can be used to great effect with a number of really cool cameras. You can shoot pinholes with this using…
Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 film is an exciting entry into the film photography world. It’s designed for street photography and is also designed to be nice and sharp. For the most part, it really is a sharp film. All of my testing has been with the Hexar AF–perhaps one of my favorite 35mm cameras of all time and perfect for capturing candid moments. So if you’re a street photographer looking to work with something different, then this is probably the film to get.
If you are just getting started in B&W film photography, before you decide which brand of B&W film to go with, you should first consider what your subject will be. This will determine which speed of film to use in order to have the best results.