Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Film Photography Podcast Notes / Episode 30 - March 15, 2011

Film Photography Podcast / Episode 30 3/15/2011

8x10 film photography, Kodak Tourist II Camera, 620 Film, get your work seen…by tagging, book of the month, darkroom tips, camera giveaways and more! Hosted by Michael Raso with Mat Marrash and John Fedele

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FPP welcomes back guest co-host Mat Marrash
Mat Marrash / PDN Photo Expo NYC
Mat joins FPP in March. A FPP listener, film shooter and lifetime student of photography as well as an all-around tech junkie, Mat is located in Northwest Ohio. Mat's main gig is commercial photography that includes portraiture, sports, and photojournalistic candids.

Pocket Light Meter for the iPhone!

Pocket Light Meter
FPP listener Vladislav Vyshemirsky invented the Pocket Light Meter for your iPhone. Download it….it’s FREE!


“FIGITAL” stands for the dynamic fusion of film and digital photographic technologies. The Figital Revolution transcends self-serving industry hype and old-fart conservatism to get at the real issues photographers face today: how did we get here? Is digital all it’s cracked up to be? Why is film on life support? How can photographers create a sustainable art? Why do most photo magazines suck? The Figital Revolution is about all that and more.

Stephen invented the NO POD!


Alright, so you've got a camera, you're taking nice pictures, and now you'd like to have the rest of the world have a look at your work. What now?

Check out Mat’s blog on tagging!

1946 Kodak Brownie Target Six-20
“620 roll film, introduced by Kodak in 1932 and discontinued in 1995[1], is basically the same as 120 roll film; it has the same width and length. The only difference is the spool which holds the film, in case of the 620 roll the core of the spool and the end flanges are smaller than that of the 120 roll.”

Respooling 120 film onto 620 film spools!


1951 Kodak Tourist II camera
“The Kodak Tourists were the last in a long line of American made folding roll film cameras from Eastman Kodak. The Tourist II, introduced in May of 1951, features a redesigned top cover and a new viewfinder, which contains frame lines for the optional 828 roll film adapter. Production was discontinued in July of 1958. The Tourists use 620 film making 8 2¼×3¼ exposures. The use of 828 roll film for 8 28×40mm exposures was an option. The Tourist's most unusual feature is its back; through the use of cleverly engineered latches, it can be opened on the left side, right side, or removed completely.

below: Images shot with the Kodak Tourist II camera
Town Hall - Butler NJ USA

Kodak Tourist II camera test

FPP Book of the Month - A Kind of Rapture by Robert Bergman
"A Kind of Rapture" by Robert Bergman brings together a selection of photos from Bergman's two-year travels by car through the Rust Belt (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary) and the East Coast, taking color pictures of everyday people who moved him profoundly. 51 color photos.”


Every now and then, the art world offers up an unlikely story, and Robert Bergman's is one of them. He was born in New Orleans and raised mostly in Minneapolis. He began taking and developing snapshots at age 6, and save for a few teenage years he has strived to be a great photographer-artist ever since. But he has remained an out-of-step one, isolated from contemporary tastes, a cult figure to the few who have seen his work in person or in a 1998 book. The 65-year-old photographer went his own way over the past four decades, never selling a work until two years ago, but he nevertheless is about to burst onto the scene with two museum exhibitions, and next month he will have his first show at a commercial gallery, Yossi Milo in Chelsea, New York City.
—From The Wall Street Journal review by JUDITH H. DOBRZYNSKI

“KODAK PROFESSIONAL XTOL Developer is a two-part powder developer for processing Kodak and other manufacturers’ normally exposed, pushed, or pulled
black-and-white films. It offers full emulsion speed and easy mixing, and can be used as both a developer and a replenisher in a variety of equipment, from small tanks (8
to 64 fluidounces), trays, or rotary tubes to high-volume processors.”
- http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/j109/j109.pdf

The term of art "Large Format" refers to film and camera formats that generally use sheet film in sizes equal to or larger than 4 inches by 5 inches (or 9x12 cm). (Although there are some view cameras in sizes smaller than 4x5 inches, or 6x9cm). Large Format distinguishes large cameras 4x5, 5x7, 4x10 and 8 x10 inches, from medium format cameras and film (6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9cm roll film cameras) and from small format cameras of 35mm, 110 and smaller film sizes
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_format_%28photography%29

below: Mat setting up his Eastman Commercial B 8x10 camera
Film Photography Podcast / Episode 30 3/15/2011

Below: images shot by Mat Marrash on the Eastman Commercial B 8x10 camera
Swanson's on Sandusky St.

Downtown Newburg, NY

Westpoint 8x10 Contact Print 1


Visit Mat Marrash at http://www.matmarrash.com/

Don’t forget…each month we give away vintage cameras and film! Tune in to the show.

Polaroid 8x10 - Film Photography Podcast / Episode 30 3/15/2011
FPP guys John Fedele and Michael Raso shot on Polaroid 804 8x10 film by Mat Marrash

Launched in October of 2009, the Film Photography Podcast is a 90 minute, bi-weekly Internet radio program, exploring a wide range of topics relevant to the experienced and aspiring photographer using film as a medium. Hosts Michael Raso and Duane Polcou enthusiastically dissect and debate the pros-and-cons of film formats, do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, and vintage and contemporary cameras and accessories in a thorough, informative and casual manner. Regular features include Camera tests and reviews, “book of the month”, interviews, a listener-generated Q&A, and film-related giveaways.

Produced in the United States, the Film Photography Podcast is broadcast around the globe via iTunes and direct stream from http://www.filmphotographypodcast.com

Write to The Film Photography Podcast
FilmPhotographyPodcast AT gmail.com

Next Episode on April 1, 2011 !!


  1. Another great show! ^_^ And did I mention, Keep The Show As IS!!!

  2. Once again great show and please keep it just the way it is. The sound effects are cool

  3. Sir, You are the Jim Cramer (Mad Money on CNBC)
    of Film photography. Keep the show as it is.

  4. Don't change a thing. The humour, sound effects and interesting content have made this my favourite podcast.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. Don't change a thing... ever...

  6. Are you kidding?? Don't change a thing! I LOVE the sound effects! I learn so much while laughing my ass off!

  7. I agree a big part of my listening to your podcast is because it is not just dry information. It's fun and that makes it a great listen on my way to and from a very stressful job. Keep it up please.

  8. My mother had a Kodak Tourists camera which she got in 1951 for a trip to Anchorage, Alaska. AS I recall, she never shot very many rolls of film in it. Maybe five rolls of Black and White (Verichrome Pan)I now have the camera in my display case here at home. I now pose the question, Whats the average number of rolls of film, that a family in the fifties and sixties ran though their snap shot camera?