The Reading List: Film Photography

Film Photography In Brief
The history of film photography started way back in 1885 with the introduction of paper film which was manufactured by George Eastman. The film base was changed to celluloid in 1888-1889 and 'Kodak,' the first camera was introduced in 1888. 35mm film rolls were first used 1905 and 1913 and the first 35mm cameras with significant numbers in sales were the Tourist Multiple, in 1913, and the Simplex, in 1914.

Oskar Barnack, who was in charge of research and development at Leitz, built his prototype 35 mm camera (Ur-Leica) around 1913 and it wasn't until after World War I that Leica commercialized their first 35mm camera. Leica's immediate popularity spawned a number of competitors, most notably the Contax, which was introduced in 1932. Kodak got into the market with the Retina I in 1934 and introduced the 135 cartridges, now used in all modern 35 mm cameras. The affordable Argus A was introduced in 1936, and the immensely popular Argus C3 in 1939.

Japanese made cameras industry began to take off in 1936 with the Canon 35mm rangefinder, an improved version of the 1933 Kwanon prototype. The popularity of these cameras expanded in the West after Korean War veterans and soldiers stationed in Japan brought them back to the United States and elsewhere.

The Film Photography Handbook: Rediscovering Photography in 35mm, Medium, and Large Format
The Film Photography Handbook:
Rediscovering Photography in 35mm, Medium, and Large Format
1st Edition
by Chris Marquardt  (Author), Monika Andrae  (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-1681980645
ISBN-10: 1681980649

The Film Photography Handbook, authored by Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae, provides an insight to the comeback of film photography not just among those who have previously shot with film but among those who only have experience shooting digitally. As working in the analog medium requires a unique approach to photography, which fosters a completely different form of creativity, the book is intended as an opener to those who curious about film, whether you need a refresher course or are discovering this wonderful format for the first time.

The book covers numerous topics, including discussions on the current trends in the photographic environment, including topics that includes hybrid film/digital workflow, the digitization of negatives, and working with smartphones for light metering and to assist in film processing. You’ll learn how easy it is to shoot and self-process process black-and-white film, and how little you really need in terms of special equipment to get into film photography.

How To Take Great Photographs With A Film Camera
How To Take Great Photographs With A Film Camera:
A Practical Guide To the Techniques of Film Photography, Shown In Over 400 Step-By-Step Examples
April 7, 2016
by John Freeman  (Author)
ISBN: 9780754828181

A practical guide to the techniques of film photography illustrated with over 400 step-by-step examples. This simple-to-follow manual for film camera enthusiasts who are interested in improving their skills explores a range of classic 35 mm, medium and large format film cameras, from simple automatic and disposable cameras to single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Contents include a guide to equipment and accessories, such as lens mounts, telephoto lenses, UV filters, tripods, cable releases, flash attachments and exposure meters. Instructions are by example, covering popular themes and subjects - children, travel, landscapes, buildings, holidays, abstract patterns, portraits, pets, skies, water, and weather.

Devised by one of the world's leading photography professionals, this manual is an essential reference for everyone interested in learning or reviving the techniques of classic film photography.

Fundamentals of Photography
Fundamentals of Photography:
The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras
Paperback – Deckle Edge
November 25, 2008
by Tom Ang  (Author)
ISBN 0375711570
ISBN13: 9780375711572

A thoroughbred, featuring a selection of Ang’s most inspiring images, Fundamentals of Photography is award-winning photographer Tom Ang's hands-down and explicitly detailed bottom-to-top understanding of modern photography. Explained with all the techniques that will help both amateur and enthusiasts improve the quality of their photographs, the book is everything you need to know - from fundamental facts about light sources to how light is measured through photometry, from the basics of the camera functions to the finer points of framing with an LCD viewfinder.

For users of film cameras, the book looks into the differences between types of film and details the various methods of processing and darkroom techniques. For the digital camera contingent, a new insight about the cameras and about processing, digitizing and outputting the images. Content includes discussion on subjects not normally available in manuals but of interest to all photographers, including critical theory, the presentation of images, the function of the human eye in the perception of images, and ethical and copyright issues.

Ansel Adams:
The Camera (The Ansel Adams Photography Series 1)
Paperback – June 1, 1995
by Ansel Adams  (Photographer), Robert Baker (Contributor)

Ansel Adams (1902-1984), one of the great artists and environmentalists of the twentieth century, has a remarkable career spanning more than sixty years, making over 40,000 photographs. As well as being a master photographer, Adams was also a master teacher. From 1955 until 1984 he conducted annual photography workshops, first in Yosemite and later in Carmel. His most important and lasting contribution to the world of black-and-white photography was through his technical series (revised several times since the initial publication in the early 1950s): The Camera, The Negative, and The Print, a legendary triad of books about photographic technique that has become the most influential how-to series on photography ever written.

The Camera covers 35 mm, medium format, and large-format view cameras and offers detailed advice on camera components such as lenses, shutters, and light meters. Adams' concepts of visualization and image management are the philosophical cornerstones of the book. Illustrated extensively with photographs by Adams as well as instructive line drawings, this classic manual is one to be on every serious photographer's bookshelf.

Film is Un-Dead:
Reasons you should get (back) into film photography and ways to truly enjoy the analog experience
(D18-Foto Books) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 2, 2015
by Dennis Eighteen  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1519628803
ISBN-13: 978-1519628800

Did film die? Yes, it did. However, you will find that film is still around. Film, as well as analog cameras, are best described as un-dead.

If you look closely, you will find that in the shadows there is an army of enthusiastic film shooters. Professionals and hobbyists alike keep the art and craft of analog photography from dying completely - and they’re doing a great job. First and foremost they are creating great photos. Their pictures are seen on billboards, ads, galleries, books, and all over the Internet. Once you start looking, you’ll realize analog shooters are everywhere. Like all good vampires, they walk the earth with grace, are pretty darn sexy and don’t really care about hype and current trends, for their magic has been around for ages and will never disappear.

This book was written as a labor of love of one passionate film photographer to all those digital shooters who are thinking about getting (back) into analog picture taking. It offers tips, pieces of valuable advice and is simply a fun read for any and all who love photography in its purest form.

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