Today some left over shots from the shoot we recently did with our model Corine.
Polaroid, which photographer (and non photographer) doesn’t love the stuff?
When Polaroid stopped making the film a lot of people were feeling bad about it, but then there was “the Impossible project” rebuilding the instant film following and materials. I think they are doing pretty good because you see the film popping up everywhere and they keep making improvements.
When I visited the store in Vienna I bought some Impossible Blue film, it was already “tricky” by then and it’s now 2 years later so to be honest I kept my fingers crossed to see if something usable would come out, but to my surprise it did, it’s not perfect but it also adds a bit to the charm I think.
Shot on a Mamiya RZ67ProII / 110mm during a session with our model Corine.
As you all know I love shooting film, there is something special about it.
I won’t say it’s better than digital, just different.
I do have to add that we recently switched from the Epson V750 scanner to a Reflecta MF5000 and that difference is pretty huge, I dare to say that the scans from my Mamiya RZ67ProII actually out resolves my 36MP Sony A7r but then again you can’t really compare the two, where digital is razor sharp film is very detailed but not “razor” sharp, it’s just ….. well pretty sharp. But that is judged on screen, as soon as you print it does look razor sharp and in essence that’s where it counts.
For me shooting film is that “different look” it’s a bit more organic and I love the large frame from the RZ67ProII, I use that camera also with my Leaf Credo60 but on the RZ it results in a pretty severe crop (although the Credo is actually slightly bigger than a 6×4.5). With film all that is gone and you can enjoy the huge real estate the camera gives you.
These shots were done during a shoot with Nadine on location and were shot with the RZ67ProII with a 110mm f2.8 lens (closed down because we used strobes) on FujiFilm RPII positive film. Development of the film I did at home with the appropriate E6 chemicals.
One tip if you are into film, make sure you invest in good scanning software, this makes a HUGE difference.
I’ve been using Silverfast studio for quiet some time and when I switched from the Epson software to Silverfast the difference was very noticeable, now with the Reflecta MF5000 Silverfast really shines, it’s not the fastest to learn software but if you scan in basic mode you pretty much are good from the get go, if you dive into it there is however an enormous amount of extra detail to be extracted from the files.
Sometimes you are thinking “what can we do to spice this up”…….
Believe it or not but masks can really help to give your shoot a little bit of extra “oomph”
In this case Corine (our model) brought a what I call “Hello kinky kitty” gas mask, and I have to be honest as soon as she put it on… I loved it.
the million dollar question however is always “How do you shoot this”
One of the things I like about shooting masks is the way how it takes away the expression of the mouth and face, now one could think “that’s important right?” well yeah it is, but….. by using a mask you actually get the option to add a lot more expression on the eyes. And that’s what I really like about this, the images are actually way more intense than without the mask, eyes are indeed the mirror to the soul and the place of most expression, although normally we are more drawn towards the mouth for expression for example a laugh, a scream etc. When you take this away you can actually see how important eyes can be.
A few topics for this blogpost.
We are in the middle of Photoshopworld now, always a great show and fun to follow via our social media streams with images, small stories etc. This year I will be shooting a lot with the Sony A7r and share those via wifi so you will have a better quality images than the iPhone shots (although we will also share those) so make sure to follow our facebook at www.frankdoorhof.com/f and google+ via www.frankdoorhof.com/+
The workshops in New York are coming up (and they are gonna rock) we have 2 tickets left so if you want to join make sure to book your seats now. The date is May 3rd, for more information click here.
For today I also wanted to share a video with you guys.
We recently released our brand new video called “Live in the UK 2013″ a jampacked instructional video with tips, techniques and much much more, make sure to check out the video shot by our video guy Mark, you can order the video from this website or our brandnew store at www.frankdoorhof.com/store
As you know I’m not really into heavy processing, but sometimes everything in a shot just “screams” out for some special look.
In this case I used NIK/Googles Analog Efex Pro for some more extreme looking images.
Today some images we shot during a session with Corine.
The theme…. something a bit different… well that was for sure.
Today a serie we shot against one of our custom paint walls in the studio.
Lighting was on the first an Elinchrom Deep Octa with light tools grid, on the second and third an Elinchrom small silver beauty dish with grid.