Analog photography

A few weeks ago I got the assignment to write an article about 10 of the best analog compact cameras the history of photography has witnessed. I wrote it. And it got published in the online photography site QUESABESDE. It is written in Spanish. If you want to take a look at it, just click HERE or in the screen capture below. You might like it.

I live in a very small town and I don’t have any bookstore selling international magazine close to my house, so everytime I go to Barcelona (one hour from home) I buy photography magazines and books.

Last Saturday I bought the latest issue of the British Journal of Photography. I love this magazine: excellent articles, great stories, awesome photos and a beautiful minimalistic design that I just adore. If you’ve never seen the magazine I strongly recommend it to you. Here’s their website if you want to take a look.

I also bought the “Izis 100 photos for the freedom of the press”. I don’t know if you have seen these photography books before but they are great. They cost less than 10 euros and they include tons of stunning photos. I have the David Burnett book, the Don McCullin one and even the Magnun Photos one and they are all must-see.

Sure, we can all see thousands of pictures on the Internet, but I still love to hold a magazine or book in my hands and stare at an image for as much as I need to absorb all that magic. And for me, paper is a better transmitter than a computer screen.

I had a shooting yesterday, with model Valentina. She is great to work with. She looks gorgeous, she is professional and friendly and has this awesome smile born to be on TVs, movies or fashion editorials.

I took my usual stuff to the shooting: Canon 5D Mark II with some prime lenses (50 mm being the one I use the most), light equipment and so on. But before leaving home I thought: why not taking the Fujifilm Instax 210 and the Fujifilm Instax 50s? I had a couple of film cartridges to use and I thought it was the perfect day and shooting to use them.

We took more than 800 digital pictures with the 5D and none of them can compare to the magic and feel we got with the more than 20 images we got the both the Fuji Instax 210 and the 50s. Shooting with film is great. Shooting with those cameras was awesome. And I think Valentina look even better in film than in digital. Well, she always looks good, it doesn’t really matter if you use film or digital sensors.

Here are some photos of yesterday shooting. As you can imagine, there is no digital editing at all on any image. I just scanned them and posted them right here.

All images on this post are Copyright of Calvin Dexter. Ask me first if you might want to use them in your blog or something like that.