Cassie Pope, Golden Veil Photography: Harper

These photos literally stopped me in my tracks.

Simple. Beautiful.  Absolutely timeless.

And yes, after I spent some time drinking them in, I went to B&H and ordered several rolls of HP5!  That film just kills me!

Beautiful work Cassie!  Thank you for sharing with us!

-Sandra

From Cassie: “Harper was born with a diaphragmatic hernia in December 2014, an experience that can only be described as difficult and painful. After undergoing a successful surgery at just a few days old, she began a long road to healing and recovery. One year later, she is a beautiful, happy, and spunky little girl who truly brightens the world around her. I can hardly express how special this one-year session was for me to photograph. ”

Camera:  Contax 645 + Zeiss 80mm
Film:  Fuji Pro 400h & Ilford HP5
See more of Cassie’s work: website | facebook | instagram

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Christina on Instagram: These Photos Make Me Think This… Plus, A Trash Cam Campaign

Hello and Happy Instagram Wednesday!

This weeks images are all black and white, with the exception of one.

They were all so strong and I really wanted to showcase how much feeling can come from a limited color palate.

Also, I have an idea!!!

As you know we here at Little Bellows have decided get back to the roots of photography, film and although my Instagram Wednesday post will always feature both digital and film work, I thought it would be fun to encourage y’all to get on the film band wagon. That was a long sentence.

So, if you are curious about film and want to give it a shot in a very fun and low risk way, keep reading.

Go out and buy yourself a very cheap disposable camera. You can find them at the grocery store, the drug store, or amazon.

First, take a photo of that camera and upload it to Instagram so I know you are playing along. Be sure to hashtag that image and any images relating to this project #littlebellows_trashcam .

Take that camera around with you and since you have a limited amount of shots, 24 probably, you need to be really selective in what you shoot and how you do it.

It will feel unfamiliar and you might find yourself looking at the nonexistent LCD screen but hey, we’ve all done that.

So, shoot your camera and take it to Walgreens, or send it somewhere special, like to a fancy lab. Really, it doesn’t matter.

Be sure to have your negatives scanned, because you need those scans so in 4 weeks time, so I can feature your fabulous images in Feb. 18th post.

Hey, I’ll even play along, which means I’ll post whatever I have from my own disposable cameras, the weeks leading up to the big reveal on Feb. 18th.

upload your photos to Instagram and hashtag them #LittleBellows_trashcam , or if you feel too shy, you can email them.

Have fun with this.

Shoot many cameras or one.

It will feel reckless and scary but you’ll adapt.

Congrats to the featured photographers below!

Cheers,

Christina

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Jason Watts is quite possibly the nicest man on the internet. Also, his work is unique and I can always spot it without seeing his name, much like Sandra talked about in her post about branding, where she talked about Meghan Boyer.

Jason’s black and whites of his children are moody and dark. I admire someone who isn’t afraid of the dark and shadows. The photo below is also by him.

His kid isn’t mine but I would hang these two images in my house as if they were.

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This is such a classic image. The cropping, the timelessness of it all. I don’t need to go on and on because I know you see how beautiful this image is.

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I thought this was an appropriate image for this week, but even if it weren’t crazy winter time on the East Coast, I would still post it because I think it’s clever and lovely.

I love and image that is seemingly black and white and then when you look closely you realize it’s actually a naturally monochromatic scene.

The textures and the directions of the grass and branches is so interesting.

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Lana Bell: A Golden Family Session

Oh my!  What a dreamy session!

These gorgeous photos by Australian photographer Lana Bell show what I love about film!  Those colors!!  That grain!!  Swoon!

Thank you for sharing Lana!

– Sandra

“Combining an outdoor location, a 2 year old AND the family dog sounds like a tough assignment but this cute family were such a pleasure to photograph! I was blessed to have the use of a private farm for this session, it sits atop a hill and the afternoon light is spectacular – creating golden, sparkly images. All images shot on Contax 645, 80mm f2 lens, colour images Portra 800, black and white images Tri X 400. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.”

See more of Lana’s work: website | facebook

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Joyce Kang: Quick Tip on Panning with Film

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I love playing with shutter speeds:  slowing it down to capture motion blur or speeding it up to freeze a great moment.  These two methods are the most popular ways to express movement in a photograph.  Another way to freeze motion while capturing motion blur is panning.  Panning is definitely a skill that comes with practice…and lots of trial and errors (omg, I had a lot of these for sure).  However, when you are panning with film, the cost can get quite high if you don’t even know where to begin.   Today, I want to share a “tried and true” quick tip on panning with film:

  • Plane of focus – make sure your subject is moving across your frame in the same plane of focus
  • Close aperture – to allow greater depth of field.  I normally start out at f8 or f11 depends on the speed of film, the light and the shutter speed I am using.
  • Slow shutter speed – slower than 1/15 of a second is the best to capture motion blur of the background
  • Switch on manual focus – pre-forcus where your subject will be using manual focus.  Auto focus doesn’t work very well with panning, unfortunately.
  • Same focus point – decide where you’d want to place your subject composition-wise ahead of the time. Because as you pan and move with the subject, you’ll need to keep your moving subject at that same focus spot in your frame through the entire shot.
  • wide stance and elbow in – this sounds like a yoga pose and can possibly end up on one of those “funny photographer poses” articles.  But, it will ensure the best and sharpest focus of your subject: place your feet at least shoulder width or wider so you have a firm and stable lower body AND tuck the elbow of the hand that’s holding the camera in and tight against your body…think tripod…sorta.
  • Body weight – starting by place your body weight on either your right or left leg, depends on the direction of subject is moving into your frame.
    • For example on the image above, I placed my weight on my right leg since my son is coming into the frame from the right.
  • Move it real slow – as the subject move across the frame in your camera’s view finder, you will need to  shift your weight to the opposite leg as you pan.  This weight-shifting motion should be smooth, fluid and controlled.
    • For example on the image above, I started with my weight on my right leg.  As my son moves across my viewfinder, while keeping him in the same spot, I move my body weight to my left leg in one smooth controlled motion.

Now you have the tip on how to pan with film, I want to see some shares on Little Bellow Facebook wall.  Happy shooting friends! xx

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Little Bellows Team Member:  Joyce Kang©Joycekangphotography-

Joyce Kang is a children & family photographer in Austin Texas.  She is also a mentor and an instructor for Embrace The Grain, an intro to film photography workshop.  She is married to her best friend and enjoys outdoors with her family.  Her favorite gear line-up includes a Rolleiflex 2.8c, a Pentax 67 and a Nikon Fe2.  She loves to indulge in a good book, and suffers from knitting-yarn-hoarding syndrome, and has a terrible addiction to any thing that tops with a heaping scoop of ice cream drizzled with chocolate fudge!  She has been featured and published in international photography blogs and magazines such as Click Magazine, Lemonade and Lenses.

Follow Joyce and see more of her work at: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+

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Tricia - This is great, Joyce. Now, to get brave enough to actually try it myself. :)

Whats your brand, baby?

Can we talk about branding for a moment?

The social media forums I follow have been exploding lately with photographers talking about needing a new brand for the new year.

Everyone seems to be re-designing their logo.  Or getting new packaging, or products all in an effort to “establish a brand”.  And while all that is nice and pretty, it’s got me thinking.  As photographers should we all be spending so much time worrying about logos and packaging?  Is that really what branding is all about?

Two days ago I was browsing Instagram and came upon this image on the FIND Lab feed.  I knew instantly who the photographer was without even reading the photo credit.

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This image is so “Meghan Boyer“!!  The use of light, the pose, the choice of film…  I have no idea what Meghan’s logo looks like, but I can spot one of her images from a mile away.

That’s good branding!

As photographers, we are in such a great position.  Everyday we create images born out of our unique view of the world.  No one else can create what we create.  No one else sees what we see in the same way.  When we are true to that voice and shoot what we love, our point of view shines through!

Want a killer brand?  Do what you do.  Do it well.  And do it consistantly.

(and then get yourself a nice logo and some pretty packaging… because everyone loves pretty things!)

Cheers,

Sandra

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Reagan | Studio Idyll - This is a brilliant observation, Sandra. You’re totally right: branding is about the work and not about the logo.

Erika - “Want a killer brand? Do what you do. Do it well. And do it consistantly.

(and then get yourself a nice logo and some pretty packaging… because everyone loves pretty things!)”

Amen!!!!

Joe - So ridiculously well said! Thank you Sandra!

Sandra Coan - Thank you Reagan, Erika and Joe!! :)

Kim Hildebrand - Very well said! Packaging is pretty but it doesn’t pay the bills.