QUICK TIP 6 // Using Smartphone Flash To Light Portraits

In this quick tip, we show how using a smartphone flash (iPhone in this case) can make an ambient portrait come alive by helping to separate the subject from the background.

Just watch the position of the light as it is a hard light source. For quick black and white portraits, it can be a great way to make a more interesting portrait.

COMPARISON // Film Emulation Is A Good Thing

There's something that strikes me every time I view a photograph I take without having applied any sort of preset, and that is just how bland the colour and tonal range is in those photos in comparison to my usual processing.

You get used to seeing through a VSCO coloured lens and forget how different it makes your photographs feel. So I thought I'd show a few photos before and after applying my favourite colour preset based on Fujicolor 800Z film.

It does something absolutely magical to the colours and tonal range in my opinion. It brings skin tones to life, smooths out highlights and shadows while still adding punch to the contrast. It can make a "snapshot" feel like a wonderful moment in time.

There was always something about film and I feel like digital cameras, while very accurate at reproducing what they're seeing, have no life in their default JPEG conversions (or the default settings in raw photo development).

That's why I love using these kinds of film emulation presets.

VERSUS // Leica M 240 Classic vs. Advanced Metering

Like most digital cameras these days, the Leica M 240 was the first Leica to provide Live View as well as sensor-based advanced metering, unlike the classic metering found on all other Leica M cameras.

I found that the Classic metering was easily fooled by back lighting so I turned on Advanced metering which opens the shutter and allows the sensor to do full image-based metering.

Results

It was able to handle complex lighting much better, being anywhere from 1-2 stops brighter than the classic metering, which was significantly underexposed.

Below are the resulting images, both with corrected exposures in Lightroom. The black and white preset used was VSCO Kodak TriX.

VERSUS // Ilford HP5+ Preset Showdown

Mastin Labs vs. Alien Exposure 7 vs. VSCO vs. DXO Film Pack 5

Another battle, this time between the different film simulation software that provide the Ilford HP5+ preset.

You can see DXO Film Pack 5 has quite a different look than the others, with a very flat look. The others, Alien Skin Exposure 7, Mastin Labs & VSCO Film 01 are nice and punchy.

Each to their own, but it's really a matter of preference with "simulating" film on digital files. Without having the same photo on a real film negative, it's hard to know who really is the most accurate.

VERSUS // 35mm Summarit vs Summicron

Simon and I own the 35mm Leica Summarit and Summicron lenses so we decided to do a quick test to compare the two.

You can see they're pretty close! Only the depth of field is slightly shallower on the 'Cron which is to be expected since it is 2/3rds of a stop wider. For half the price of the Summicron, the Summarit is definitely no slouch.

While you're here, check out the Australia Leica Collective.

LEICA M 240 & LEICA ME CUSTOM WORTH EVERY CENT

Colorful Leica cameras for a good cause

artwork by Helmut Lutter

artwork by Helmut Lutter

Dortmund's primary school children Small Kielstrasse and Diesterweg Primary School have left to the initiative of children's laughter eV unleash their creativity. You have Pappvarianten the Leica M rangefinder camera according to their own ideas painted and decorated. The result: 140 small works of art that are currently issuing the Leica Camera AG Leitz Wetzlar Park. In return for the colorful unique Leica Camera supports non-profit organization and has made two unique cameras in the children's laughter design available. The cameras, a Leica M (type 240) and a Leica ME were designed by the Munich artist Helmut Lutter true to the created by the third and fourth graders Nesrin and René motifs from two Pappkameras.

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