The Zone System is Dead

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Tutorial | 195 Comments
The Zone System is Dead

Ever since I published my article about metering for film and how to approach exposure to achieve optimal results with color negative film, I have gotten an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from film photographers who were finally able to achieve good, consistent results by applying a very simple approach to metering. I also received […]

Metering for Film

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Tutorial | 351 Comments
Metering for Film

The most common questions I receive in regards to shooting film are usually about metering and exposure. I have covered a lot of other topics in the blog posts Film is Not Dead and The Secrets of Richard Photo Lab, but I wanted to share a dedicated write-up about metering as this subject often seems […]

The Secrets of Richard Photo Lab

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Tutorial | 119 Comments
The Secrets of Richard Photo Lab

If you shoot film you will inevitably come across one of the most reputable photo labs in the world, Richard Photo Lab in California. They are famous for two things: having the most renowned film photographers around the globe trusting them with their work and also for having a look to their results, especially their […]

A Lifelong Journey

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Tutorial | 46 Comments
A Lifelong Journey

»Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light… I just make pictures.« Vernon Trent When I first started getting into photography, I shot a Canon Rebel. I eagerly waited for the golden hour at the end of each day, spending my time exploring the Irish countryside shooting little details in nature […]

Film is Not Dead

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Tutorial | 93 Comments
Film is Not Dead

Hi, I’m Johnny Patience. And you need to trust me. Does this sound familiar? Over the last couple of months I have gotten a lot of feedback from people about how to emulate the film color palette digitally and also many questions from photographers who are interested in shooting digital and film. Many of them […]

Hasselblad 503CW

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Review, Tutorial | 60 Comments
Hasselblad 503CW

After I purchased my beloved Fuji X-Pro1, I felt I finally had everything in one little and very portable system that I was looking for: Beautiful, aesthetic and authentic film colors and, even more importantly, more dynamic range than I had ever seen in any other digital camera. I made one Lightroom preset for color […]

José Villa’s Colors

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Tutorial | 162 Comments
José Villa’s Colors

After three years of trying to emulate film digitally, I finally resigned. I caved in and bought a Contax 645 with a Carl Zeiss 80mm lens and from now on I shoot film exclusively. I ship all my work to Richard Photo Lab and started working with them on my own personal color profile. For […]

Fuji X-Pro1

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Review, Tutorial | 43 Comments
Fuji X-Pro1

Ever since I switched from Canon to Nikon in 2009 (due to annoying focus issues with my Canon gear) I was happily shooting my D700 with the Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.4 G. The 50mm became second nature over the years. I think I used this combo for about 90% of all my pictures. One thing that […]

Emulating Portra 400 NC

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Tutorial | 16 Comments
Emulating Portra 400 NC

When Kodak announced that Portra 400 NC will be discontinued in September 2010, they stopped producing my most favorite film. I always really loved the very natural desaturated look of this particular film. While most people were raving about the new Portra 400, personally, it never really convinced me completely. Loving a filmlike look in […]