First Roll On Instax Mini 70 Instant Film Camera

Recently shot my first roll of film on my new instax Mini 70 instant film camera by FujiFilm. It’s been a long time since I was excited by a new camera, but this one is so much fun.

My dad had a Polaroid camera back in the 70’s, and I always loved playing with it (film must have been cheaper back then!) Watching the image appear slowly was/is magical.

The camera gives a unique softness, which is highly flattering. It was also great to be able to give my model a few shot on the day, which is really cool.

It also creates an original piece of art- never to be created again-just like a real film camera. These scans are not the greatest, the images are a little crisper in real life.

Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.
Hannah Mitsovski shot an INSTAX Mini 70.

I won’t go into to much technical details, but it has several modes including Landscape, Macro, High Key and Selfie Mode and Timer Mode. Built in flash (which in this model you cannot turn off, but will not fire in bright light) which can be srt to Fill In Light.

Film is not super-expensive- around $1.00 per shot, a little more for monochrome. It does not give super-sharp images, but they are really nice, business card sized photos.

There is nothing to really dislike about it. Yes, there are some better models with multiple shots (double exposure and an option to turn off the flash- the INSTAX Mini 90. But I bought this cheap off eBay, just to see if I liked using it.

It takes me back to the 70’s, and for that, I love this little yellow camera.

Do you have one? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Best wishes until next time,

Don

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

Last week I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful model Hannah Mitsovski. The really exciting thing was the shoot was done completely in artificial light. I love natural light, and my studio and house if filled with great light. In this session I used a combination of continuous lights with big softboxes and flash. So very different to how I usually shoot.

It actually was less of a challenge than I expected. Using quarter power on my on-camera Godox flash provided ample light, enough that I could get Hannah to move as much as possible to create blur. I’m a total sucker for movement and blur in my images, and feel I’m moving away from a very ‘static’ look to my portraits.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

Slowly, I am collecting vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and hats, that Hannah just looked so wonderful in.

Hannah is such a charm to work with and understood the feeling I was aiming for. It is always wonderful to work with model that understands you and your work.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I’m finding digital images a little too crisp for the images I want to create, so slowing the shutter or getting the model to move, gives me the look I really love. I’m a big fan of Ellen von Unwerth and Herb Ritts, who use/used movement to convey an aura of sensuality and excitement in their images.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I’m also now adding a small amount of grain in processing to create a timeless, old-world feel. Using Abobe Camera Raw, I have created a couple of pre-sets, refined over many images, to instantly get the feeling I want to convey-a sexy, old-fashioned and moody portrait.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I also took shots with my Instax Mini instant camera, and will post those soon. Hope you enjoy!

Best wishes,

Don Urban

Editing In Adobe Camera Raw

I love Adobe Camera Raw. Most, sometimes all of my photo editing gets done in Raw. Because I only shoot in RAW format, Camera Raw is a perfect program to do all my editing in.

Originally, I loved developing my images very naturalistic, but now I love a bit of punch and the program makes it so easy to create the style I like, and more importantly, to apply that style across many images.

This is not a tutorial, as a celebration of such as simple and powerful program.

Before and after.

I find it easy to pull all the images in a set into Camera Raw, selecting all, and adjusting one image, while applying my changes to all images at once. Then, I go back and tweak each slightly.

Yes, this can be done in Lightroom too, but the interface and simplicity of Raw is just hard to beat. It is simple, clean and fast.

Of course, Camera Raw is non-destructive, and all edits are saved alongside the original RAW file.

Two lots of presets I created. One warmer tones, and one cooler look.
Creating a warmer look. (Border done in Photoshop)
Getting punchier and stronger images instantly by creating presets and applying them.
One the left, the original image, on the right, applying some simple adjustments to create a stronger, more dynamic image.

Do you love Adobe Camera Raw as much as I do? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, best wishes,

Don