REVIEW // Kodak Ektachrome 100 (E100)

By Damien Woods

News of Kodak bringing back their famous Ektachrome broke about 3 years ago? And eventually coming available late last year, I knew I had to get some. 5 rolls later, my first experience with slide film. I took some with me to a relative's home in sunny Pomonaon the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland. Photographing some of their garden whilst taking a small break over Christmas. With my Canon A1 and 50mm f/1.4 SSC (my current favourite both in size and performance). Different textures, colours, arrangements. Later some more plants in my own backyard. Even in low sun the colours remain vibrant.

Some other samples of E100 shooting a local car meetup, with occasional spot of cloud, waiting for early morning sun to bring out some colour in vintage cars. 
Favourite colours: burnt orange and green. Perfect.

Tech Stuff

  • Low Speed (100) Color Transparency Film (E6, Slide)

  • Exposed from 100

  • Film Manufacturer - Kodak Alaris *Probably Rochester New York

All shot on Kodak E100 Ektachrome, Canon A1, Canon 50mm f/1.4 SSC

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VIDEO // Scanning Film With VueScan + Epson Scan Comparison

In this video, I go over my film scanning workflow using VueScan software and an Epson V500 and then compare the results with Epson Scan. I've only been using VueScan for a short period of time, but I've been incredibly happy with the results, and feel like I finally have a workflow for scanning at home that produces the results that I'm after.

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1975, Kodak, Steven Sasson & the Digital Camera.

by James Estrin

Imagine a world where photography is a slow process that is impossible to master without years of study or apprenticeship. A world without iPhones or Instagram, where one company reigned supreme. Such a world existed in 1973, when Steven Sasson, a young engineer, went to work for Eastman Kodak.

Two years later he invented digital photography and made the first digital camera.

Mr. Sasson, all of 24 years old, invented the process that allows us to make photos with our phones, send images around the world in seconds and share them with millions of people. The same process completely disrupted the industry that was dominated by his Rochester employer and set off a decade of complaints by professional photographers fretting over the ruination of their profession.

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POST PROCESSING // VSCO Kodak Portra 400 in the studio

I’ve become a huge fan of VSCO Co's "VSCO Film" presets for Lightroom. They add a clarity and richness to the digital images that takes them far beyond the original capture. I’ve only recently had a decent chance to test out my favourite colour preset, the Kodak Portra 400 preset, on some real studio portraits.

Cleaning Up The Preset

VSCO's Kodak Portra 400 preset introduces a moderate grain that, while great looking, isn't the best idea for professional use. I still want to achieve a high quality image while retaining the beautiful colours the preset provides.

I took the original version of the Portra 400 preset and created a new version with more subtle grain, akin to Portra 160. I also added 25% chroma noise reduction to help remove the digital colour noise while still leaving the natural looking luminance noise in the image, along with the pseudo-grain. I also added some sharpening and turned on lens corrections to correct for vignetting and distortion.

This made the preset suitable for professional use as the it stills imbues some analog characteristics into the image while keeping the image quality high for professional use. I think the results speak for themselves.

Comparing The Look

Here is a comparison of the Adobe Standard look from Lightroom, the Canon Camera Standard camera profile (changed in the Calibration tab) and the final Kodak Portra 400 preset in full.

No retouching has been done on this image.

Default Lightroom settings with Adobe Standard camera profile chosen

I've always found the Adobe Standard camera calibration profile to look very bland and lifeless. I suppose this is Adobe's way of zeroing out the differences between cameras in a consistent manner.

Default Lightroom settings with Camera Standard camera profile chosen

The Camera Standard camera calibration profile goes a long way to restoring some of the richness of the image, but isn't quite enough. This calibration profile is equivalent to the camera's Standard picture profile.

VSCO Film 01 - Kodak Portra 400 preset

As you can see, the Portra 400 preset adds a richness to the tonal range and colour saturation. It brings out a subtle green in the dark grey background and makes the highlights roll off and the skin tones smooth.

You can see the project I'm working on here.

Nick Bedford is a freelance Photographer & DOP who regularly contributes his time and experience to WECC. Cheers Nick

Kodak discontinues BW400CN film

Gemma Padley

image Antonio Ragni

Kodak Alaris has said that it holds “a steady decline in sales and customer usage” responsible for its decision to discontinue Professional BW400CN film.

The company, which formed in September 2013 following Kodak’s reorganisation, said in a statement: “We empathise with the Pro photographers and consumers who use and love this film, but given the significant minimum order quantity necessary to coat more product combined with the very small customer demand, it is a decision we have to make.”

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Photography News // New Kodak company to continue selling film

Kodak Alaris, the new company born of KPP's purchase of Eastman Kodak's personalised and professional imaging businesses, has no plan to reduce its portfolio of films in the short term, its bosses tell BJP

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Earlier this year, the UK Kodak Pension Plan acquired Eastman Kodak's personalised and document imaging businesses with the plan to "preserve the heritage and legacy of the Kodak brand, while embodying greater speed and agility to meet market needs and changes." The acquired businesses now form part of a new company called Kodak Alaris, which will be headquartered both in the UK and in Rochester, New York in the US.

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