GOODBYE DARKROOM, HELLO LAB-BOX

If you’re like us and have been spoiled by having your film processed at your local photo lab and are now uncertain as to how you’re going to keep up with your analog workflow while being stuck at home, fear not, the Italy based, Ars-imago®  has introduced the Lab-Box® (via a very supportive Kickstarter campaign). If you don’t have the space for a darkroom or don’t want to go back to developing tanks in your sink (although it’s still a fun and very inexpensive way of getting it done), than this is a very easy and sufficient way of bringing those negatives to life.  We’re excited to take this baby for a spin and give you a full review on the results it produces.


-Staff



FACETIME PHOTOSHOOTS

A lot of creatives have been forced to rethink their approach when in comes to producing content which has re-fueled the Facetime photoshoot. This isn’t anything new, in fact, Kim Kardashian brought it into the mainstream mindset in 2015 for her Interview Magazine cover but yesterday Bella Hadid kicked the digital window wide open again. Her Vogue Italia shoot pushed the boundaries as it had multiple people on FT including a stylist for the project. I think this is something we’re going to have to get used to in the days, months and perhaps years to come as things are undeniably changing. Do I like it? I can see how the voyeuristic factor plays a roll and how it can be extremely relatable to the younger viewers because let’s face it, kids would rather FT than hangout and text instead of call. I don’t love the concept and I’m not opposed to it, but I am curious to see how far this will go. Is it going to get to a point where we can remotely access cameras (not like this) from across the world? Will this devalue the need of a “pro photographer” or eliminate the financial compensation for all of those whom are usually on set directing and aiding the project? I suppose only time will tell.


If you’re interested in trying a FTPS, we found some pointers for you here.


-Danny




LOCALS ONLY

I’m extremely grateful to be able to replenish the stock on our Studio trucker hats. With a lot of the access to local production sources being shut down, it’s amazing to know that we’ve built a solid relationship with a small, tight knit circle of trusted people that can always get things done. 


Support your local businesses. It’s a sad fact that there will be a lot of establishments that won’t make it through this.


-Danny




BOF ISSUED REPORT

The BoF just issued a report on the future spectrum of fashion and the inevitable changes that we’ll see (already starting) as the landscape has dramatically changed due to Covid-19. There’s a lot of information if processed and applied correctly that can gear large and small businesses towards tailoring a sustainable and optimistic transition during these times and the future ahead.  


You can read it here.


-Danny


WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?

Have you ever come across something while surfing the net and instantly asking yourself, “why didn’t I think of that”? Well, you’re not alone. I think the problem with being a creative is the fact that we’re constantly looking at life in antidotal metrics trying to discover new ways to improve or enhance already existing products and problems that sometimes we miss what’s right in front of us. Very seldom is the answer to re-invent the wheel but more so to find contemporary ways to pour new life into an already existing foundation. For instance, a 35mm film canister. A bland, lifeless plastic cylinder that serves to protect the format in which we create some of our most cherished moments. If you’re working with 120mm, forget about it. All you get is a mundane wrapper that is about as exciting as an old condom wrapper that one might find tucked between couch cushions or in a drawer somewhere. Again, bland and unexciting but then a mind noticed this void and did something about it. Rama Works® x The Mighty Killers introduced a brilliantly designed film canister for us 35mm and 120mm shooters. This is a prime example of seeing an opportunity for improvement and executing it in a manner that brings it into the now. How many of us have just thrown those little plastic cylinders away? I know I have. Bravo to everyone involved in this project.


Is this product overpriced and unnecessary? Perhaps, but that isn’t my point. My point is that there’s millions of things surrounding us just begging to be noticed, respectfully re-designed and brought to the market in a refreshing way.


-Danny