- Series: Voices That Matter
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (February 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321812808
- ISBN-13: 978-0321812803
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
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Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer's Guide to Shooting Film (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jonathan Canlas is a popular and in-demand wedding and commercial/magazine photographer who shoots exclusively with film. He has a degree in photography from Brigham Young University and lives with his family in Utah. Jonathan is a go-to voice in this growing, niche part of the industry, and he teaches Film Is Not Dead (FIND) workshops around the world. jonathancanlasphotography.com
Kristen Kalp is a Philadelphia-based writer who pens her business & wordly wisdom at brandcampblog.com.
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Many other reviewers mentioned this as well, and that is the amount of verb age spent talking about how great the Contax 645 is. Wonderful, if you can afford one. I was also really disappointed in his writing style. It was more like reading a poorly edited BLOG than a well researched book. This book is really more of a large picture album of some of Canlas favorite work, which other reviewers had mentioned, and I still went ahead and bought it. Mistake. It's a nice book to look at, but it's not one to sit down and delve into the understanding of film in a new way. I would suggest looking at this book in person before shelling out $30 and up for it.
*Film Is Not Dead* is not a technical discussion. Canlas does provide a direct and straightforward recipe to achieve a credible film photography product; he offers specific equipment, media, and processing recommendations. And he provides some simple, well-explained guides to metering technique and camera loading. *Film Is Not Dead* does not, however, dig very far or deep into why Canlas's recipes or recommendations work the way they do. He'll suggest that 35mm results are usually grainier than medium format, for example, but the book won't show you a comparison or discuss how or why this is the case. He'll recommend specific ISO films for various uses, but the book doesn't actually line-up examples of these films in use as illustration. (So: why use 400 if 160 will work, too?) Use Kodak films with one palette of colors and Fuji with another, he'll suggest, but the book never actually lines up Kodak or Fuji results in such a way that illustrates the difference. Meter with a grey card and your camera's spot meter for slide film, he recommends, but use your incident meter for print. Why shouldn't I use incident readings for slide film? How might my exposure differ?
Canlas begins *Film Is Not Dead* by suggesting that you write down any questions you have while you read and Google answers for yourself--so he hasn't actually promised anything he doesn't deliver. And I can't argue that active engagement and experiment aren't important ways to discover, for one's self, much of the magic his photography demonstrates. But it's clear that Canlas operates with more than enough knowledge to easily explain the details *Film Is Not Dead* doesn't cover. Assemble that with the encouraging self-help vibe, and I suspect he saves much of what might've been in the book for the "FIND" workshops he also promotes!
So: it's kind of helpful, but not as helpful as it could be. It's a good start if you're an avid digital shooter but haven't had much experience with film, or if you're just having trouble finding artistic motivation. Perhaps the best reason to buy it, though, it to simply have a really well layed-out album of Jon Canlas's gorgeous work in print. It's a pleasure to see, and it's inspirational regardless of what medium your photographic interests dictate.
That's where the positives ended with me. The whole book is about the cameras and film and light meters that he has and would recommend to a beginner film photographer. The problem is that the majority of these things are very expensive and not what I would recommend to someone who's just stepping their toe into film.
I kept this book because it did have some good information in it, but it's not one that I'm going to be recommending for beginners. Maybe for someone who just needs a cool book on their living room table or wants to brush up on their photography.
So this book is a very good read! It will definitely answer a lot of questions about shooting analog (film). There are many other sources on the subject available for free from a google search, but none are given from the unique perspective of having a fellow photographer sitting next to you talking as if in casual conversation with you. Yeah, it's like that! You won't be disappointed in this book—even if you do have to download the digital version (about going analog)!
Oh, and the author, Jonathan Canlas, responded to my email personally!
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My love for film is bigger now. Thank you so much