Wednesday, October 20, 2010

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST - a global film project where everyone is a winner

blog by
Michael Raso
producer / host - The Film Photography Podcast

PX 600 UV+ Silver Shade

When I started the Film Photography Podcast Internet Radio Show (FPP) one year ago, one my goals was to provide a forum through which photographers using film could obtain news, tips, and share their art. As a photographer myself, it seemed logical and fun to offer giveaways as part of the bi-monthly show. To date, I’ve donated hundreds of rolls of film and over a dozen vintage film cameras from my personal collection. As the show began to pick up listeners, a funny thing happened – listeners started sending me their prized and quirky film cameras!

This week I received a package from FPP listener and recent contest winner Emily Savill. She donated a Polaroid One-Step 600 camera and a Vivitar PN2011.

Elegance, Eradicated.
Self portrait by Emily Savill.

Emily Savill's Vivitar PN2011
The Vivitar PN2011 and prints by Emily Savill

What makes her contribution even more special is the fact that she took the time to shoot some images with the Vivitar and included them in the package.

Photo by Emily Savill / Vivitar PN2011
Vivitar PN2011 Image © Emily Savill

Emily said in her letter enclosed with the cameras – “I sent a couple of prints from the Vivitar PN2011…I really love that camera…It takes nice Lomo-quality shots and the panoramic option gives the photos even more character.”

Emily's donation cameras will be offered up in a "listener draw" later this year on the FPP.

Cult Status - OlympusTrip 35
The fantastic Olympus Trip 35 has been described by users as “the perfect 35mm camera." Image © Michael Raso

Ian Cook (from the UK) turned me on to the 35mm Olympus Trip 35. Marketed in the UK from 1967 to 1984, this amazing camera was practically unknown in the United States. Ian, an authentic Trip enthusiast (known as a “Tripper),” has donated one to the pod cast, and I look forward to passing it along later this year.

Olympus Trip 35 UK TV Advert featuring David Baily

Recently Christine Candora-Hickey donated a classic 1958 Revere Eye-matic EE 127 film camera to the pod cast, and I offered it in a recent contest. Winner James Wells was so stoked about the camera that he shot a short You Tube video!

Video by Revere Eye-matic EE 127 camera winner James Wells.

I’d like to thank Dan Domme, Tony Kwong, Susan Goodwine and everyone else that has contributed recently to the show. Not only do you make my FPP experience special, but your generosity is helping film enthusiasts around the globe!

Holga 120 TLR Twin Lens Camera

And, this month the fine folks at Freestyle Photographic in California USA donated a Holga 120 TLR camera. The Holga line of cameras are hugely popular and are used by amateurs and professionals alike! (Holga photography - think magazine photojournalist David Burnett’s fantastic Holga shot of US Vice President Al Gore!). Thanks to Freestyle for contributing to the Film Photography Podcast Give-Away program!

Freestyle Photographic

To enter this month’s contest, send an e-mail to
Include your name, mailing address and a little about you and your photography. Please write “Holga” in your e-mail header and get entries in by October 21, 2010. One winner will be drawn on the November 15, 2010 episode.

THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT NYC Party for Patrick Sansone's book "100 Polaroids."
Pat Sansone book signing event at The Impossible Project NYC / Image © Michael Raso

That’s not all. We’re also giving away a copy of musician and photographer Pat Sansone’s book “100 Polaroids” (with a Polaroid camera) and free c-41 film processing courtesy of Sharp Photo & Portrait!

Film Photography Podcast / Film - Processing - Print - Scan Giveaway

Listen in to Episode 17 / October 15, 2010 to get the scoop!

Thanks to your input and contributions, the Film Photography Podcast is becoming a global film project where everyone is a winner. Those donating are thrilled to put their cameras in the hands of eager, enthusiastic film shooters. The contest winners are ecstatic to receive a film camera they’ve never used or was never available in their corner of the world. Way to go, guys!


Emily Savill on Flickr

Ian Cook on Flickr

Freestyle Photographic

Celebrating Pat Sansone’s “100 Polaroids”
Book signing Flickr Set

The Impossible Project

Sharp Photo and Portrait


  1. Great post, Mike! The donation/giveaway department of the podcast has really exploded lately, and you deserve a lot of credit for being willing to ship these cameras and film out everywhere. Just think of mow much awesomeness the world would be deprived of if you didn't think to start a podcast a year ago!

    Just don't forget the other projects you've talked about - the Dwayne's Road Trip, the FPP Magazine and the FPP Calendar... It seems like the Podcast is just like me - sometimesthere's an abundance of enthusiasm and not enough time in the day.


  2. I think it's fantastic the way you give-away cameras and film - giving people all over the world a chance to shoot with different cameras.

    Keep up the good work, especially the way you explore using different types of cameras, and different techniques.

    Cheers, Rob.

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  4. I'm kicking myself right now because a few days ago I found a pristine Polaroid 600 "Business Edition" in my favorite Goodwill. Even had an empty film pack in it with enough battery power left to test that it was working.

    I left it on the shelf because I already have the OneStep 600 and "don't need it right now" (yeah...I know...never can have too many right?).

    5 minutes later realized it would have been a great donation to FPP. It was gone, some bugger had already bought it :-(

    Damn you, Phantom Polaroid Pilferer! I will have my REVENGE (or at least find something else I can donate).