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behind the scenes: instant film photography

A quick, “behind the scenes” look at my process of shooting with my Hasselblad 500c with a polaroid back, and fuji fp 100c film.

This is a completely new venture for me – my first video.   But I thought the quickest, easiest way to demonstrate my process would be to film it.  And I have to admit that I really enjoyed filming this.  Maybe it is my constant need to learn something new?

So often I post the finished product here, but I thought I’d try to give you a glimpse into what it is like to shoot with a medium format camera and instant film – having an actual, tangible picture in your hand minutes after you press the shutter.   And of course, now I have so many more ideas about videos –  like how to attach the polaroid back to the Hasselblad, how to load the film, etc.  Questions I had as I was beginning with film. This totally has me thinking about getting a tripod for future videos…..

A few credits:

Filmed with: Nikon D600

Music: Adventure, Darling by Gillicuddy

I created the entire film in iMovie on my Mac.  Pretty simple and straightforward.

Side note: I just love the sound of the Hassie’s shutter.  There’s nothing quite like it.

And finally, images that I have taken with the Hasselblad here.

  • Birgitte - May 23, 2014 - 5:33 am

    I love this. It seems to be a magical world. Keep on with the filming!ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 26, 2014 - 11:46 am

      Will do, Birgitte!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - May 23, 2014 - 11:27 am

    I love how you did this. I’ve seen videos of the things you described as I learned from many of them how to use my hass but you would bring so much beauty to the process, the spin you’d put on itReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 26, 2014 - 11:46 am

      Thanks, Cara – I agree, I think I’ve seen those same videos and they are all pretty bland. Glad you enjoyed this.ReplyCancel

  • line - May 23, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    great you should make more video………..ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 26, 2014 - 11:44 am

      i most definitely will!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - May 25, 2014 - 7:57 am

    Thank you for this beautiful video. It describes the process in a poetic way. Yes, magic is here.ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - May 26, 2014 - 11:44 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Patricia.ReplyCancel

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