One of my tutorials got published yesterday at the photography site CÓMO LA HICE. It is a tutorial about how to turn color images into black and white photos and emulate the Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Again, the tutorial is in Spanish, but the good thing is that it includes a free Photoshop action that you can download and use in any photo you want.

You can take a look at the tutorial HERE. And go to the end of the article to get the link to download the action. Hope you 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.

As a photographer, I always like to see what other artists are doing and see what I can learn from them. I have always been a fan of Ibai Acevedo’s work so it was a great pleasure and an honor for me to write an article about one of his pictures.

It is a wonderful image from a series called “Cierta certeza” and it got published today at the photography blog “Cómo la hice”.

You can take a look at the whole article and photos right HERE or by clicking on the image below. I hope you like it as much as I do.

The image used on this post is Copyright of Ibai Acevedo.

I wrote a new tutorial in Spanish for the photography site CÓMO LA HICE and this time I included a Photoshop Action that will apply to your images all the steps described in the tutorial.

You can take a look at the tutorial HERE and download the Photoshop Action at the end of the article.

If you feel lazy and just want to download the Photoshop Action and see it working on your images, you can download it HERE.

Please leave a comment below if you downloaded the Action, used it and it worked for you. Let me know if you liked it or hated it with a passion. This Photoshop Action should boost the colors and contrast of your images as well as adding some grain to make it look a little bit like a Kodachrome or Fuji Velvia film slide.

I just published an article over at the photography blog “Cómo la hice” called “Singapore nights“. It features images by photographer Jon Siegel and I can tell you he is one talented artist that knows how to capture light and colors in a way I hadn’t seen for a long time.

As usual, the article is in Spanish, but do take a look at the images and make sure you check Jon Siegels Flickr’s gallery also, it’s packed of beautiful captures.