Lightroom alternative for a film shooter?

 

Several months ago I’ve subscribed to Adobe’s photography package with Lightroom and Photoshop included. At the time the idea of having both magnificent photo tools for only $9.99 a month seemed quite legitimate, but after some time using or should I rather say NOT using this software I faced a dilemma.

As I’m shooting mostly film and hardly ever edit my photos, say nothing about post-processing in Ps, the question I came up with is quite simple: do I really need this software? When I mentioned not using Lightroom and Photoshop I meant not using them to their full potential or at least to some reasonable extent. To be honest, I didn’t care about Photoshop from the beginning, I just accepted the fact it came as a bundle with the tool I really needed or thought I did. Lightroom was my main focus and it is a great product without a doubt.

After working with it for some time I realised that the most useful features for me were cataloging and direct export to my blog or Flickr. All those amazing editing capabilities and stuff most of the time were left aside unless I was working with my rare digital pictures.

To add more fuel to my Lightroom controversy were several articles and blogs on the topic with some alternative suggestions. And while most of the blogs were full of rightful criticism towards Adobe and their products, almost none of them were by film shooters and the alternatives mentioned played into digital yard anyway leaving me wondering.

The last nail in this coffin was Adobe’s announcement of Lightroom CC and Classic CC. I’m sure they have their own sane reasons to do it but for me, it became really hard to justify why I need Lightroom at all as I’m definitely out of Adobe’s focus audience.

For the meantime, it seems I’ll continue using it as I don’t have any alternative in mind and I’m on a one-year commitment plan.

But I’m really curious about what tools film photographers use instead of Lr and Ps. If you’ve got any advice or ideas please do share them in the comments.

Thanks.

 

 

 

My Lucky Developments

One of my colleagues, having seen me with a film camera, brought his old Nikon F65 and gave me as a present. In a camera bag, I found an unexposed roll of Lucky film and decided to test the camera with this roll. As it hasn’t been refrigerated for a long time I expected it to be something completely different from what I’m used to seeing in my colour film. And oh boy different it was! As you can see below everything came out with this magenta colour tone, and some shots also have a kind of stripes across the frame. Thanks to modern technologies I can save those pictures a little bit in post processing, but anyway, that was fun.

My other roll in this batch was Fujifilm C200 and it turned out really good despite being an expired film as well. Now I don’t remember if I shot it as ISO 100 or at box speed, but I love the results. Check out some of them.

The experiment with the Lucky film got me thinking about cross-processing slide film in C-41 chemistry. I think I might give it a go once I get my hands on some cheap colour slide. Until then I’ve got my b&w film and chemicals waiting so I’ll be back with more home developed stuff to share here. Cheers!

The Camera That’s Always with Me

At the swimming pool. Nikon F3, expired Fujifilm 800

Like many photographers out there I have several cameras. As I shoot film the majority is vintage cameras of the yesteryear. Once in a while I decide to take one of them and shoot for some time, then I choose another one and so on. But there is one camera that’s always with me.

This camera has literally seen all my photos, the good and the bad ones. It is with me all the time and most importantly it is always ready to shoot. No matter where I am and what is going on, if I see a picture, bam! goes my camera and the photo is taken.

I love this camera. It has never let me down and the pictures I get from it are always technically perfect. But it has one major disadvantage compared to other cameras: I can’t transfer photos to my computer. In fact, I can’t get them out anywhere. The reason?

It’s simple, and you must have already guessed why. If not, here’s the truth. That camera of a lifetime is not of the gear world of bodies, shutters etc.

It is my eye.

Even when I don’t have any camera with me I can still see photographically and capture those potential photos. Actually, they are not very much potential if you saw them. It’s just that you can’t show them to anybody. But this doesn’t bother me much because the photos I made with my eyes left some impact on my vision, and hopefully made me a better photographer.

So I’m actually very glad I can take pictures with my eyes. The only thing that upsets me is that I tend to forget those great shots.

 

It’s this time again…

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200

And I’m not going to talk about the holiday season, sorry.

It’s been a hard month, a hard year. If you ever read my posts past the photos you might know that almost three years ago I moved country. We’ve lived at one place since then until this December when we moved house.

It’s not nearly as stressful as starting a new life in a new country of course, but it’s not a Sunday parade either.

Needless to say that because of all this turmoil my photo activity has suffered greatly. Almost no new frames shot on film, very few pictures done with the phone, not mentioning social activity – this is the first post in a long time.

It’s all quite understandable and I’m not complaining. There’s another thing that bothers me.

With all this stress accumulated lately, I find it really hard to take pictures. I mean, what could be more inspiring than a new place to shoot, right? Well, one could say, but here I am, struggling to see anything worth photographing around. And what is even more frustrating that I’m living in a town now, which should give me a creative boost for new street pics.

And yet, it doesn’t seem to work this way.

I was wondering: what can I do to rekindle my street photo spark and feel the taste of shooting streets again?

How do you prefer to deal with such blackouts caused by stress and troubles in life?