What’s In My Film Camera Bag | Northampton Portrait Photographer

QUICK STUDIO UPDATE

Happy Monday and Happy (day after) Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! I hope you and your families are staying safe and happy during this phase of COVID-19. During these past few  weeks, I have been planning out how to manage photo shoots once the stay at home advisory is lifted (possibly on Monday, May 25th) for phase 2 businesses. Mask, gloves, and keeping a safe distance are all in the plan. I’ll report back here as well as in my newsletter (you can sign up here) with the reopen date for the studio. Onto the bag…

WHAT’S IN MY FILM BAG:

A few weeks ago, I wrote about What’s in my Digital Bag in my Digital Bag in answer to a question I get all the time. Today, I want to share what’s in my favorite film bag. 

TOP 5 REASONS I LOVE SHOOTING WITH A LARGE FORMAT CAMERA:

1. The 4x5 sheets of film are 13x larger than a 35mm negative (resulting in amazing clarity and depth that still champions outperforms the very best digital cameras)

2. Super slow mo photography (each image is made with care and precision)

3. Beautiful portraits in studio and on location

4. Shooting with a large format allows you to move and reposition the lens for complete focus and perspective control

5. Creative and fun

STUDIO AND LOCATION FILM BAG

  • Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic 4x5 press camera from the 1950s. The camera uses 4x5 sheets of film individually loaded into double sided film holders. Due to the film’s light sensitivity, the film has to be loaded in a dark bag or a darkroom. 
  • Graflex Optar 135 mm f/4.5 lens (right now I use the original lens that came with the camera) 
  • Tri-X 320 or Ilford HP5 400 4x5 black and white negative sheet film (I have a black and white darkroom, so I do all of my processing in the studio), box of 50 sheets
  • Polaroid 600 black and white film
  • Portra 400 4x5 color negative sheet film, box of 10 sheets
  • Polaroid 600 color film
  • (4) 4x5 film holders
  • Black changing bag (to load and unload film in total darkness)
  • Large clean paint brush used for dusting the camera, lens, and film holders (before each use)
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Long (30ft) Bulb cable release (to trigger the shutter)
  • sync cord (to connect camera with studio lights) 
  • Sekonic L-358 Flashmaster light meter (a must have for all of my photo shoots)
  • Dark cloth or scarf (to focus using the ground glass screen on the back of the camera)
  • Camera bag: Black Tenba shoulder bag


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