Photography. You’ve dabbled. Perhaps fancy yourself a modern-day Helmut Newton. Your social life: a graphic compendium of Kemptresses/muses.
Yes, generally speaking, your life imitates art. In the spirit of keeping things beautiful both behind and in front of the lens, we’ve compiled the must-have upgrades for your photographic endeavors. Your camera will thank us.
Our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks have dug up a good-looking cache of vintage cameras—some of which are still operable—and it’s reminded us of the simple charms of old-school photography. (Not to mention how they’d be a nice addition to any well-appointed desktop.)
When film was the only medium, there was something more meaningful about taking each picture—the result was akin to a handwritten note only you could’ve written (there was no telling exactly what you’d captured until the film was developed). It made for the kind of perfectly imperfect moments that were lost with the digital viewfinder and 32GB memory card. And while you can be sure your 10-city trip through Europe benefited from the compactness of the digital age, we still think there’s plenty of merit to doing things the old-fashioned way every once in a while. So, in case you ever feel the urge, we rounded up a few good filmic options on the market today.
Cheers, Mate: The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games will be on tv tonight, and the hospitable gents at GQ UK have come up with a drinking game for your viewing pleasure. (Just replace BBC with NBC and Boris Johnson with Ryan Seacrest.) [GQ UK]
Glimpsing the Future: The US has been forced to watch the opening ceremony on delayed telecast, but for those who’d like to get a sneak preview, CNN has been photo-blogging live. [CNN]
But Don’t Yell at the Fern: The 10 rules to live by when cheering your way through the Olympics. [Buzzfeed]
Leaps and Bounds: Gear Patrol lists the top 10 tech innovations happening at the Summer Games, from the track surfaces to the robotic cameras. [GearPatrol]
Going Barefoot: Your long-form excursion of the day: a look into life on the lam for the Barefoot Bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, a teenage airplane thief and federal fugitive apprehended in 2010. [Outside]
Blogger Blue Personified: An exhaustive rundown of every last royal-blue item available for purchase in the world today. Collect them all. [A Headlong Dive]
A Thing of Beauty: An Aston Martin parked in front of Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. It speaks for itself. [Driven]
The Instant: A photographer’s ode to the Polaroid SX-70, from a friend of Richard Avedon’s. [The Smithsonian]
Cameras have been getting more low-tech for a while (Holga, anyone?), but it looks like the Lomography crowd is finally making the leap to video. This is the Lomokino Super 35, a hand-cranked 35mm camera—and the state of the cinematic art circa 1925. To be fair, it’s also in color, but otherwise there’s not much to separate it from the kind of cameras Buster Keaton was using. You can crank slower for a sped-up silent movie feel or over-crank for evocative slow motion. They even include a device for watching dailies—that Lomoviewer box to the right. Hopefully you saved your Chaplin costume from Halloween.
Cole in the Stocking: Lily Cole hits the Interview circuit. [Interview]
Here Come the Wolves: In the top ten viral videos of 2009, the Twilight trailer beats out Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” For the first time in my young life, I feel somewhat betrayed by the internet. [TechCrunch]
I Turn My Camera On: A gentleman’s guide to the bewildering world of digital cameras. [Gizmodo]
In Bad Health:Men’s Health accidentally repeats a cover. The sound you hear is hundreds of people smacking their hands to their foreheads. [Gawker]
We’ve never been much for safaris, but they do tend to put a camera through its paces.
So Leica’s latest Safari Edition has its work cut out. The army green should match your pith helmet, while the presumably lion-proof aluminum body strips down the usual point-and-shoot functions to the bare necessities. Sadly, you won’t be able to get your hands on it until August, but hopefully you can find something a bit lighter to tide you over till then.
Polaroid may not be making old-school film anymore, but at least they know how great it was while it lasted.
Their CES booth included a genuinely wistful look back at the company’s past, including these pitch-perfect plastic models. (Our favorite was the 60s relic the “Polaroid Swinger.”) Nothing against their current line—which included a portable photo printer—but there wasn’t anything you could shake…
We’ve always said you’d miss analog when it’s gone, but we didn’t expect things to go this far.
Now that the down-and-dirty look of the Polaroid has gone the way of the dinosaur, we’re scrambling to get it back. Poladroid is a program that takes digital camera images and adds a touch of blurring, that familiar light green tint, and ends up with something that looks like it was printed from a handheld camera and shaken impatiently until it developed. Just like grandma used to make!
The only thing better would be if they started making actual Polaroids again.
It’s called a Red Scarlet, and we doubt anyone’s getting ready to drop ten grand on it just to videotape their kid’s birthday parties, but anyone who wanted to make a movie in their backyard just got quite a boost. Even three years ago, a camera like this would have cost twenty times as much, and as more Scarlets reach more places, a lot more ideas are going to see the light of day. Don’t be surprised if the next decade’s multiplex fare looks a little more homemade.
This twin-lens model comes from Superheadz in Japan, where lomography is already a full-blown trend. The shutter opens manually, so you’ll have to count on your own reflexes to make sure you don’t overexpose the film or end up with a picture that’s too dark to use.
It takes a while to get the hang of it…but that’s half the fun.