I’ve come to the conclusion that instant film is the ideal format for my photography – minimalist, strange, shot with “what you see is what you get” style lighting. These were shot with Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film – 10 Exposures on my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, and here’s a little tutorial from my YouTube on how to get the double exposure effect you see in Shasta’s image!
Since my studio opened last month I’ve been able to film more tutorial and gear reviews – I especially enjoy harping on the beloved Fuji Instax Mini film and cameras. Here’s two recent videos covering different aspects of the analogue style!
Another year, another Fuji upgrade- here’s my review of the X-T2 along with samples! Side note, the video itself was filmed in 4k with the X-T2.
I’ve been thinking about how to better utilize my youtube channel beyond posting my video art, and I decided it’s a good place to do gear reviews and tutorials that wouldn’t fit on my Skillshare channel. As I’m making more youtube content I’m also open to requests! Comment or message me about what kind of reviews or tutorials you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to make it happen!
One of my new toys is a Fuji Instax Mini camera. It’s the Neo Classic, designed in a similar casing as my X-E1, retro with silver trim. The other Instax series cameras are rounded and kind of goofy in appearance. It’s important to me to take my camera seriously, which sounds somewhat shallow, but it’s the truth; with a good looking camera I strive to make pictures worthy of the device. I couldn’t ever take my lomo cameras, and the photography I did with them, seriously because they looked like/ felt like plastic junk.
Instax Mini are 1/2 Polaroid size and that makes them easy for someone like me who is used to composing in a long rectangle aspect ration. There’s no “hide it from the light for 30 minutes” like the overpriced Impossible Project films, and of course instant film is a lot of fun for the kids.
With upcoming trips throughout Spring and Summer, I had a strong desire to shoot hundreds of these little babies and get instant memorabilia to either give away or assemble collage style or do mixed media on immediately. The Neo Classic is as stylish and creative a photographic tool as you’re likely to find.
I have to say after years of 15 years of doing this my eyes roll right out of my head when I hear “my photography is how I see the world…” followed closely by “it’s about honesty” and any variation of “I try to notice the things that are overlooked…” all said with the same wistful grandeur of someone who has nothing substantial to say.
That said… I want one. My D700 is 4 years old, and of the three lenses I had for it, one has ceased working and another is currently AWOL. I’m down to the 50mm 1.8. which I keep on it at all times, but I think the universe is telling me it’s time to upgrade.