Episode 16 - October 1, 2010

Posted: 10/01/2010

The Amazing Giveaway Show! Awesome free film stuff! Super cool vintage cameras! Film-film-film! Pat Sansone’s “100 Polaroids” book release! Hosted by Michael Raso with Duane Polcou and John Fedele.

Show Notes

Pat Sansone

Pat Sansone’s “100 Polaroids” book is discussed.

  • Pat is one half of the band The Autumn Defense and a member of the band Wilco. While on the road with his music, Pat shot Polaroids across America and abroad.

  • Book Giveaway – We’re giving away a copy of “100 Polaroids” with a Polaroid One Step Close-Up camera! Tune in for details!

  • Pat's book is available at the WILCO "Kung Fu" Store.

The Autumn Defense sings their song "City Bells" on Chicago TV show "Corporate Country Sucks"


in your Polaroid 600 camera? You bet!


  • Duane chats about his Polaroid of model/photographer Chelsy Usher

© 2004 Duane Polcou / Mamiya RZ67 / Polaroid Back on Polaroid 669 Instant Color Film

Using “gels” in your photography. What’s a gel?

Using a second flash in your photography!


  • We’ll be attending the PDN Photo Expo at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City October 28-30, 2010

“PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the most important event in the photo industry. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Attendees are able to explore hundreds of exhibits and attend a wide variety of photography and imaging seminars.”

Pictured: Patrick DelliBovi, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing,
FreeStyle Photographic PDN Photo Expo 2009


Kodak Booth / 2009 PDN Photo Expo

PDN Images © Michael Raso
Pentax Auto 110 Camera / Kodak 110 Film (400 asa)

A Lomography Store just opened in Los Angeles!

Lomography Store LA
Image © Teylor / shaolin_sect

“If you've driven around West Hollywood lately, you've probably seen the sign "What the hell is Lomography?" outside the Lomography Gallery store on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Laurel Avenue. Turns out lomography is a cult of devotion to what used to be an obscure Russian camera called the "Lomo Kompakt Automat." These plastic, film cameras produce pictures with characteristics like over-saturated color, accidental blurriness, and darkened corners (vignetting), which can sometimes make for one pretty unique photograph (or what lomo fans like to call a "happy accident").”

From: huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/16/lomography-store-in-west-_n_718747.html

Learn all about LOMOGRAPHY! lomography.com

FPP is giving away a Holga TLR Camera
courtesy of Freestyle Photographic

Oh no! You missed this giveaway, but don't worry, just check out the latest podcast for more giveaways.

The Holga is a medium format 120 film toy camera, made in China, known for its low-fidelity aesthetic. The Holga's low-cost construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks, and other distortions. The camera's limitations have brought it a cult following among some photographers, and Holga photos have won awards and competitions in art and news photography.”



WIN FILM, SHOOT, PROCESS, SCAN & PRINTS CONTEST! Shoot a FREE roll of 35mm Kodak Ektar 25 (cold-stored since 1994 by Michael Raso!) and get it processed, printed and scanned for FREE at Sharp Photo & Portrait. 10 lucky podcast listeners will win! Listen to enter!

Image © 2010 Michael Raso
Film Photography Podcast Studio / Kodak Pony II Camera / Kodak Ektar 25 (expired 1/1994)

Sharp Photo and Portrait is a full service professional lab and award winning portrait studio, serving Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA and the surrounding communities since 1986.

Not again! You missed this giveaway too, but don't worry, just check out the latest podcast for more giveaways.

Spotlight on the Kodak Pony II 35mm camera

Michael tests and discusses the amazing 1957 Kodak Pony II 35 mm camera

John Fedele shot with the Kodak Pony II camera and
Kodak Ektar 25 Film (expired 1/1994) /
Image © 2010 Michael Raso

"the Pony II utilizes Kodak's higher quality Anastar lens (4 elements in 3 groups, similar to a Tessar but with the rear element group reversed) in a rigid mount, but has only a single shutter speed. The lens lacks traditional f/stops, but instead is marked with EV or exposure values."

From: camerapedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Pony_828/135

FPP listener Michael Calleia "heads up" the first
FPP Listener Print Exchange on Flickr!

  • That's right...FPP listeners that gather in our Flickr Group have exchanged prints! Awesome! Look for our next print exchange in January 2011.

  • Print samples from the 1st "Print Exchange"

print by nano_burger

print by Bill Millen

FPP Listener John Meadows’
Goodbye Kodachrome Retro Photo-walk

Aging Rose © John G Meadows
Nikon N6006, 55mm f3.5 Micro-Nikkor, Kodachrome 64, August 2010

  • Date/Time October 16, 2010 · 10:00am - 5:00pm. Location Kleinburgh, Ontario

  • All photographers welcome! John will have Kodachrome film on-hand for Film Photographers.

Kodak Kodachrome - 90 Days and counting!

  • Kodak discontinued their famous Kodachrome film in 2009 but there are plenty of folks still shooting and plenty of cold-stored film available on e-bay.

Image © Gordon Huggins

  • Dwayne's Photo of Parsons, KS USA is the LAST photo lab that can handle the special K-14 process and will accept Kodachrome up til December 30, 2010. That is the last day that Kodak Kodachrome can be processed.

  • To celebrate Kodak Kodachrome, Michael Raso has been giving away rolls from his personal film vault and has started the KODACHROME FILM PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT group on Flickr.

  • The Film Photography Project - Kodachrome Group: flickr.com/groups/1474766@N24

  • The group is By Invite Only but if you shoot Kodachrome, we'd love to have ya!!



The FPP Guys' Topics and Rants!

Michael Raso and Duane Polcou photographed on the new Polaroid 300 camera

  • Chimping Discussed

  • What's Chimping?

"What one does after taking a picture with a digital camera and looking at the result." Derived from the words they speak when chimping: "Ooo-oo-oo!"

From: Urban Dictionary

"The Zone System is a photographic technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1939–1940"

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_System

  • The ZONE SYSTEM leads to PRE-VISUALIZATION discussion

It all started with Ansel Adams. Or did it? The concept of visualization, or pre-visualization, is discussed by Edward Weston in 1921 when he states, “Get your lighting and exposure correct at the start and both developing and printing can be practically automatic.” Adams describes his first visualization of the final print, in 1927, when he placed a red filter over his lens to darken the sky when he photographed Half Dome; the resulting print being the famous “Monolith, The Face of Half Dome”.

From: blueplanetphoto.com/wordpress/?p=574

  • We discuss our NEW pals at FILMWASTERS.com

What is Filmwasters.com? This site is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the creative side of film-based photography. It is a 100% independent operation designed, managed and financed by 5 friends and it is our likes, dislikes, enthusiasms, prejudices, limitations and energy that will inform its make-up.

  • ToyCameras.com They've dropped us a line to tell everyone about their NEW website. Check It Out HERE!

Michael discovers the POLAROID SPECTRA camera system
and explores Impossibe's PZ 600 Silver Shade film!

  • Michael's image PZ 600 image inspired by the images of Ludwig West

What's in the photo???? (see clip blow!)


  • EXPOSURE VALUE discussed in connection with the KODAK PONY II camera

In photography, exposure value (EV) denotes all combinations of a camera's shutter speed and relative aperture that give the same exposure. The concept was developed in Germany in the 1950s (Ray 2000, 318), in an attempt to simplify choosing among combinations of equivalent camera settings.

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_value

A light meter is a device used to measure the amount of light. In photography, a light meter is often used to determine the proper exposure for a photograph.

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_meter

  • e Photo Zine's Guide to Using a Light Meter: ephotozine.com/article/Guide-to-using-a-handheld-light-meter-4748

Bedrich "Beda" Batka - Legendary cinematography instructor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Photo: Beda at NYU © 1986 Michael Raso

  • Michael Raso and his mentor Beda Batka recommend the GOSSEN LUNA PRO F light meter! (Say it Loud!)

Image © 2010 Michael Raso

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Notes compiled by Rob Nunn & Michael Raso


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