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Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer's Guide to Shooting Film (Voices That Matter) Hardcover – 23 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (23 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321812808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321812803
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jonathan Canlas is a popular and in-demand wedding and commercial/magazine photographer who shoots exclusively with film. He has a degree in photography from Brigham Young University and lives with his family in Utah. Jonathan is a go-to voice in this growing, niche part of the industry, and he teaches Film Is Not Dead (FIND) workshops around the world. jonathancanlasphotography.com

Kristen Kalp is a writer and orphan hugger who pens the Brand Camp blog to help you create a more meaningful (biz) life.  http://www.brandcampblog.com.


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Canlas, is an inspired writer, but there was a lot of style over substance

He lives in a country with Beautiful light so, its not hard to fathom that overexposed by one stop Fuji Pro 400 will look brilliant in those surroundings. The Camera guides are semi informative, but on the whole there wasn't enough there. Yes he can take beautiful photos, but there was nothing in here I didn't know already

At the risk of sounding cynical I look forward to one of his workshops taking place in Manchester on a November afternoon.
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I like Jon Canlas, and this is a fun book, which inspires people who haven't before considered it, to look into film photography. But if you are truly a novice, don't get carried away with Jon's enthusiasm. Canlas has done the hard graft, sweated it in the photography business, and has developed a style and a workflow of his own which this book introduces. In this regard this book is itself a master presentation of how to put yourself and your brand out there. However, please note, if you want to emulate this look, then you will need a medium format cameras with shallow DOF lens, a light meter and a decent lab.

As one of the reviewers mentioned, Richard Photo Lab is what the look us all about. Canlas has his own lab now - FIND lab - which carries on where RPL took off. Basically when you shoot film and get it scanned, you are outsourcing your retouching work to a lab like RPL. But if you live in the UK, you may as well forget about it. We had a lab here which was reasonably priced and produced good results - UK Film Lab, but they've now gone to Canada. So basically film may not be dead in the US, but for the UK market of not that many film shooters, film is pretty much dead. Sorry to say it but it's true. Shame as I love film, the workflow, the focus required, and what cocking it up has taught me about taking photos.

It is also worth pointing out that in the few years since this book was written the film marketplace has changed immeasurably; many of the film stocks Canlas mentions are no longer made: all Polaroid film is dead, Fuji has ceased making peel all apart film, making the chapter on Instant Film dead, and the Polaroid 600se an expensive brick.
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There are two ways to review this book; One being the content. Two being where it leads the reader.

Mr Canlas has become a very successful photographer. The photographs in the book although simple, have a unique style and asthetic. Compositionally sometimes stifled, but on average, well done and executed nicely.

The book is about film photography. It takes you through various types of film and how to shoot with them. But this information is very limited. Other areas of the book discuss business and rapport with clients, and building a business (although again limited). It promotes Mr Canlas other ventures such as his workshops, which despite this being allowed for his own book, not necessary for a book that others will read about film photography, its use, tips and tricks for successful shooting.

It gives an impression this book is for novices, however Id disagree with this. Film photography is not about clicking the shutter and hoping, there is skill and knowledge involved in its use. There is another reason why Canlas is so successful and builds upon other successful film portrait photographers, and that is the lab Canlas works with. In order to achieve his signature look you have to have a lab who knows what they are doing. Unfortunately, this is where as a film user you will come undone. RPL, Canlas lab, is in California. If youre in the area, then great, but outside the U.S you will not reap the benefits of using this book and its contents. I should know. Ive been shooting film for many years and there is no lab in the country (the UK) that can achieve Canlas's asthetic.

This book I believe is an example only to expose more of Canlas work, website, and possible commissions, not really about helping others shoot better film photography.
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Excellent book, well written with loads of passion for the subject. I have now bought 2 35mm film cameras and shot 5-6 rolls of portra 400. If you get this, be prepared to be converted!
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If only this book had come out 4 years ago it would have saved me a TON of time, money and energy in my trail and error attempts to get the film look I was aiming for!

I have attended Jonathan Film is Not Dead workshop twice now and am a big fan of his teaching. The book has his big personality & open nature and is a fun read as well as packed full of useful information. Even as someone experienced in shooting film I picked up some tips and really enjoyed the book.

Inspiring, informative and original. Thank you!
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