talkin bout cameras


a blog by Branden Frederick

expired ektachrome

more film gone bad

expired ektachrome

more film gone bad

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30 May 2015

This was a roll of expired Kodak Ektachrome 200 I found in a camera bag that had been stored in a garage. Sometimes expired film leads to fun unexpectedness, but sometimes the unexpected results are ... disappointing.

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The Dumb Story of APS Film

The Dumb Story of APS Film

Forever Haunted by 1996

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film
17 Feb 2020
The Advanced Photo System ("APS"), aka Kodak Advantix, had a brief, dumb existence. Claiming to be an upgrade to 35mm film, APS was actually the opposite, making the entire format dead on delivery. Flawed as APS was, it was also launched in 1996, simultaneous to the first digital cameras. Even though digital photo sharing was nascent, digital photography grabbed people's attention in precisely the way that APS did not. APS is dead, but it has had one lingering stain that nobody has been able to wash away: the digital sensor size "APS-C". Let's look into the details. continue reading »

LomoChrome Metropolis

LomoChrome Metropolis

A New Film

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film
26 Jan 2020
In summer 2019, Lomography introduced a completely new film stock. Into their existing lineup of traditional (i.e. Color Tiger) and non-traditional (i.e. LomoChrome Purple) films, they were adding a new beast: LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100-400. With muted tones and a cool color balance, they pushed it for urban street photos. Instead I used it to shoot my normal junk. continue reading »

Tear your backing paper

Tear your backing paper

See what happens

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film
18 Jun 2019
When I got the Hasselblad 500C/M, the previous owner showed me how to use the camera. One of the pieces of advice was to not be too aggressive spinning the film loading crank. Last week I decided to ignore that advice. continue reading »
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This website's goal is to make us all better photographers.

talkin bout cameras is a one-person blog all about digital and film photography and its techniques, concepts, and accessories, and the search for the perfect photo. This project is created by Branden Frederick, a life-long photographer.

Photography advice should only be taken as seriously as the advisor's photos are good, so I encourage you to check out my photos before deciding how much weight my opinions carry.

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about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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