shooting lomography film with christy ku

Following the epic fail first attempt with the Yashica T2, Christy is back on Old Cameras. This time she was equipped with my favourite camera - the Olympus 35RC. We needed a 400 speed film to match the overcast weather and the camera's 1/500 maximum shutter speed so we stopped by Lomography near Carnaby Street, London, to see what we could find.

We basically picked the cheapest option - the Lomography CN400CN stands for Colour Negative I guess. I'd shot this film once in the past and I remember not being too excited about the colours. I much prefer the 100.

As expected, Christy brought her A game. She's not really a film shooter - she uses a DSLR in real life. You can follow her on Instatram where she posts some of her lovely snaps.

Since Lomography don't currently offer the 1 hour service at their store, and we needed the photos developed and printed same-day, we had them done at Snappy Snaps in Covent Garden. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the pr…

How to choose your first 35mm film camera

If you're a seasoned digital photographer and you use a 'real' camera with settings and all that, then you already have all the information you need about picking a film camera. Unless you're looking for something completely different from what you already know, you can stop reading now. Just go buy a film camera, go out and shoot. You'll be fine - you already know how to use a film camera. It's the same beast, except the image is being recorded on a piece of film instead of a digital sensor.

Now, for the rest of us beginners, noobs, padawans, young grasshoppers, e.t.c., here are some insights;
What is 35mm Film?
"Film", or photographic film refers to a thin sheet of transparent plastic coated with a photosensitive material. Said material is an emulsion containing very tiny particles of silver halide.  Exposing the emulsion to light creates a latent image of that light on the emulsion. It is this latent image that is then developed via the correspond…

pez sweet pez

You've seen them everywhere, those PEZ sweet dispensers. Why are they so popular and why are they so addictive? A little insight;

"PEZ" is an abbreviation of the German term for peppermint which is Pfefferminz. It is a candy that was first made by an Austrian company in 1927. They also made a dispenser for the candy which was designed to look like a cigarette lighter. Apparently, along with the breath mints sweets, they were marketed as an alternative to smoking.

So, you have breath-mint-like sweets and cigarette-lighter-like dispensers; i.e., a psychological aspect of addiction (associated with a lighter), and a sugar pill :). I think the addictiveness question answers itself.

As for why they're so popular, well, there were many flavours of candy, but many, many more dispenser designs. The dispensers were usually fashioned after characters from the popular culture of the day such as Disney's Mikey Mouse and Father Christmas.

The original characters from the 192…

layflat, panoramas have a new home

I took this photo on the island of Mallorca, Spain last summer. Like many islands with rocky terrain, you get truly breathtaking views from sea-side cliffs and hill tops and quickly find yourself taking dozens of snapshots in an attempt to capture the whole thing. One tool I use in this scenario is panorama. Nothing captures the awe of a panoramic view as well as, well, a panorama photo.
If you follow my blog, you already know that I'm a huge fan of photo books - both mine and other people's. I love to print my photos in books not only for archival reasons, but also to display on my coffee table for the enjoyment of my family and friends. Printing a panoramic photo on a standard 4 X 6,  (or worse, square), aspect ratio doesn't quite do it justice. Of course you can print half of the photo on one page and the other half on the other page but this is usually a lossy process, where the middle of the image is either lost or doesn't line up correctly.
I am pleased to infor…

the very best portable power bank

This little thing is simply awesome and this is why;

Unlike many power banks out there promising to charge your phone twice (even thrice), this one actually lives up to the promise. It manages to charge my iPhone 6s almost twice. I believe the promise is 1.5x but the Anker Astro E1, with it's 5200 mAh of juice, has got my phone to 1.8x at one point.

It's so small it fits into any pocket. I usually pop it into the same pocket as my phone, with the charging cable connected. Though light weight, it has a solid, high quality feel to it. The proprietary PowerIQ technology means it charges compatible devices like iPhones very quickly indeed. Most of the latest Android phones will also charge very quickly with this tech.

The one things that may annoy some is the glossy piano-black finish which attracts a lot of fingerprints. However it has a fabric pouch that prevents this. I normally prefer a matte finish, and would have enjoyed this product more had it been matte, but it's not …