VIDEO // The Photobook: A History | Tate Talks

MARTIN PAR

Published on 18 Aug 2016

According to Martin Parr (born 1952) the Photobook is the ‘supreme platform’ for photographers to disseminate their work to a mass audience. The increase in self-publishing platforms, specific prizes for photobooks, and a growing body of collectors is testament to the growth of the photobook genre within photographic practice.

This discussion marked the launch of The Photobook: A History, Volume III. Hear Martin Parr and co author Gerry Badger in conversation with Simon Baker, Curator of photography and international art at Tate, and Hannah Watson of Trolley Books.

Source (Tate Talks

GEAR REVIEW // DOMKE F-5XB Shoulder Bag

By Stein Beck

In the words of someone much wealthier than I ...

More than three decades ago a photojournalist in the trenches designed a revolutionary new kind of camera bag to help pros work more efficiently. His brilliant inventions and commitment to quality created a living legend.

For many, myself included, the search for the ultimate bag is like the search for the Crackerjack* prize as a kid. Exciting but disappointing, leaving you craving yet another box of caramel coated popcorn in hope of the ultimate trinket .... this was to be my first experience of consumer disappointment and the power of great advertising all in one. The search for the perfect camera bag has been no different

So when I lay my eyes on Jeremy's 10+ years rugged olive green 'Domke F-5XB' Shoulder Bag'(below) I was very hopeful. Years ago I had purchased a Domke clone via eBay, the Chinese 'Saffratto' had been an adequate home for my Nikon F4S and a couple of lenses and suffice to say I was very interested to see the expected improvements of the genuine Domke article.

Left 'New' Olive Domke F-5XB  Right 10+ years Olive around the world Dome F-5XB (courtesy Jeremy Morse) 

Left 'New' Olive Domke F-5XB  Right 10+ years Olive around the world Dome F-5XB (courtesy Jeremy Morse) 

the Domke F-5XB looked to be a dam good replacement home for my Leica Q and Fujifilm GA645, the smaller size and aesthetic of the Domke really appealed to me. For the past couple of years I had been using the Mild Enthusiast(m) which had replaced my earlier purchase of a Dry Red #2 combined with a Large Haven (all by Crumpler). Both excellent bags in their own right, however I now wanted something compact and a better designed for photography. I must state here that The Original Mild Enthusiast in medium** is a cracker of a bag. I have dragged it around for many trips away and its handy iPad pouch on the back and internal pockets for Passports, notepads maps .. whatever, is brilliant. I just now wished for a smaller street shooter contender for my trip to Japan. 

This is where the Domke comes into its own, I LOVE this bag for sooo many reasons. 

This bag just screams quality, from the water resistant fabric to brilliantly simplistic design. Everything just seems in the right place for the right reason. It holds my

  • 'Leica Q/ Leica M6' combo with charger 3 batteries, Kindle, Notepad and headphones brilliantly.
  • Fujifilm GA645, Olympus mju ii,  Japan Camera Hunter Bikkuri 120 Film Case,  Field Notes, Kindle odds and ends.
  • Hasselblatt, 120 film, light metre, Ricoh GR,  pens, notebook and stuff.a to the same awesome effect. Versatile reliable and understated and sexy. Finally

Versatile, reliable, understated and sexy. What more can a Photofile ask for!. I will leave this article right here as I LOVE this bag and think anyone sporting similar kits as I mentioned above cannot go wrong. Do yourself a favor and grab one.

Here are the TECH SPECS for those of you who need a little more then a rant and a few pics.

Facts and Figures:

  • Five compartments and pockets.
  • Padded main compartment lined with hook and loop material has two removable padded divider walls.
  • Belt loop
  • Removable Gripper Strap for shoulder use.
  • X-Large YKK® Zippers

Ideal For: 1 SLR or rangefinder camera, 1 or 2 lenses, filters, film and accessories.

Measurements

  • Exterior Dimensions: 10″W x 4.5″D x 7.25″H
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.5″W x 4″D x 6″H

 

*Cracker Jack is an American brand of snack, consisting of molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of trivial value inside. The Cracker Jack name was registered in 1896. The slogan, "The More You Eat The More You Want", was also registered that year.[1] Some food historians consider it the first junk food.[2]

**The Mild Enthusiast has been updated and now only comes in 'Medium'  no longer s/m/l, Significant increasing the price by 35% ($129 - $169). Drooped double straps on front & no longer takes an original iPad (2mm to short).

Asilda by Anastasia Petukhova

PART ONE - The Goods ...

When everything around is digital, all we crave sometimes is that touch. We're consumed with constant meaningless updates all over us and forget what's important. The idea behind their products is to create something tangible that you can carry around as a reminder of what it's all about.

Asilda by Anastasia Petukhova is a company producing some spectacular assembly of finely designed Pins, Stickers and Patches with very often a 'Photographic' theme. Anastasia was kind enough to send us a few for our bags Blog Post.

As you can see the patches ROCK, I just love them. We all started fighting strait away over who wanted what when we had finished the article. A good sign of how good a product these really are.

The pins are lovingly crafted, solid, glossy and just the thing to add to your camera bag,strap, jean jacket or shirt collar. The patches we received all revolve around a photography theme of one kind or another. The graphic work is top notch and they really have put some good thought into not just the quality of the pins but the complete design themselves as well.

Not much more to say except if you are looking for something a little different to advertise your love of photography or perhaps a splash of color to a bag, strap or article of clothing, Asilda's  pins, stickers and or  patches are a definite way to go. We plan on adding a few of the patches to a Crumple Tondo backpack soon so until then get orderring

PART TWO - The Backpack Patch & Pin Extravaganza soon.

Source ( Matt Mangham Vimeo)

VERSUS // Film Grain Simulation HP5+

Here is a straight forward comparison of the different aesthetics of film grain emulation using VSCO Film's Ilford HP5+ preset using Lightroom's grain simulation vs the grain in Google Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. We also provided an example of the full film and grain simulation created by DXO Film Pack 5. Below are a couple of examples to have a look at.

The image above was taken with a Leica M 240 sporting a Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5 lens. The colour image at the end is the original raw file with standard Lightroom settings. As you can see, the overall effect of the grain simulation between Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro is subtle at full size above, but if you look deeper, you can see just how much more accurate it is as a film grain simulation.

Lightroom tends to just add grain everywhere without trying to simulate how film actually works whereas Silver Efex Pro does. Not only that, Lightroom's "grain size" actually blurs the image depending on the setting! I've never understood this and frankly, the grain simulation in Lightroom leaves a lot to be desired, short of shooting actual film anyway.

Silver Efex Pro simulates the different levels of grain seen at different densities. Above you can see that most of the effect of the grain is in the mid-tones and tapers off in intensity as the image gets brighter and darker. It's not as noticeable at full size, but it keeps the image sharp while actually simulating film grain accurately.

What do you think? Write a comment below. Is the difference important? Does anyone care?

One might say, just shoot film if you want real grain!

GEAR REVIEW // Voigtländer 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical & Silver Efex Pro 2

Nick has been shooting with a Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5 for the last two years since he dove deep into the Leica world with his M Typ 240 rangefinder. But when he discovered the newer Voigtländer 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical, he was keen to grab it as an alternative to the very, very expensive 35mm Summilux F1.4 by Leica.

As you can see, the images are very sharp even wide open, though there is noticeable vignetting from F1.7 to roughly F4. Beyond that it is supremely sharp and clear across the board.

Nick has since started shooting the lens on his new Leica M7 film rangefinder so we'll update this post when he has some of the results developed and scanned!