With all this talk about turnaround time, theFINDlab will still be honoring our seasonal changes. As of today, April 1st, Basic and Basic+ orders will be sent out in five business days instead of four. Our premium turnaround time will stay the same at seven business days.

What?? Why’s this, do you ask? Well, there’s a couple reasons, the first of which is to maintain our commitment of delivering consistent and quality images to you, ON TIME. This means we’ve dedicated ourselves to getting orders out on time, every time, with no guesses of when to expect your scans. Oftentimes this means orders are even sent out early. It’s the perfect way to manage client expectations, on our side and on yours.

We were remembering back to last summer to the first instance when turnaround times was a hot topic…but for much different reasons. It was taking some labs up to four weeks to get images out to clients. We noticed this and put in the hours and set our standards accordingly. It’s no fun to receive orders late in any way, but it sure is great when they come a day or two early.

It’s important to our team here at theFINDlab to deliver the best possible quality in the most reasonable time. And stay tuned for some exciting news about an update on our 1for1 film purchasing program. Have a great weekend!!

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Image Credit: Sara Johansen

Portra 400, Minolta Maxxum 7000

   

When shooting indoors, we gravitate towards our only source of natural daylight, windows!  Shooting with window light is a great way to keep yourself shooting all year round, even during rainy weather. However, the way you position your subject can play a major role on the outcome of an image.

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The images below are shot using the same window. The image on the left is back lit, and the image on the right is side lit. Just a simple angle change will reflect a nice, even light on your subject, opening up the shadows on their face. When we move our subjects or camera angle instead of changing camera settings, we’ll get a more consistent look from image to image. It’s all about seeing how the light is going to fall.

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Another way of utilizing window light is by angling our subject straight on. This may seem contrary to the photographer who loves to shoot soft, diffused backlit light.  The image below to the left is window light reflecting onto our subject.  The image on the right is with the window behind her.  However, because the window is our only light source and is right behind our subject, the light will be interpreted on film much darker than if we were outside because you don’t have light coming from 360 degrees around your subject. When backlighting, our subject will naturally be darker, not to mention have warmer color reflections bouncing up onto their face. Instead we recommend turning your subject around to face the window, but position them far enough to get a nice even light. If your subject is too close to the window, you will have more intense light and really high contrast.  By turning the angle you’re shooting the reflection won’t be as warm and your shadows will open up.

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Everything is easier said then done, so we encourage you to go find some window light and practice!

Image Credit: Heather Moore

Fuji 400H, Contax 645

   

Despite it’s high ISO, Delta 3200 is truly the most light hungry film of all the black and white film stocks. As you can see in the comparison below, this film stock responds well to overexposure. The closer you rate this film to box speed, the grainier it will become. If you want to reduce this grain, you’ll want to overexpose more.  The images below were shot inside of a parking garage without clean light available. You can see in this example that Delta 3200 yields much better results in low light when rated at 1000 ISO rather than 3200 ISO. Delta 3200 also does well when it is pushed in development if you want a high contrast look.

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 Image Credit: Taylor Grayson
Delta 3200, Pentax 67 ii

   

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and we are feeling extra lucky because of our awesome clients! Here are some of our favorite images to come through the lab in the past few weeks. With all of the beautiful images that we see on a daily basis, it’s hard to pick our favorites- but these are some that especially stuck out to us. Happy March!

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Wedding / Connie Whitlock / Portra 400, Contax 645

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Food / Brianna Venzke / Portra 400, Contax 645

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Travel / Manny Angelakis / Portra 160, Bronica ETRsi

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Black & White / Michael Tanji / Kodak Tri-X, Pentax 67

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Landscape / Carla Boecklin / Fuji400H, Contax 645

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Family / Lea Ciceraro / Fuji400H converted to black and white, Nikon F100

   

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Outsourcing can be a scary word. You’re putting your work, pride and joy, into someone else’s hands. But in reality, you can’t afford to NOT outsource. Let us explain… Think for a minute about how much time you spent editing your last session. How many hours did you spend in front of your computer? In all that time you spent editing, you could’ve been promoting your business, shooting more sessions, or quite frankly, enjoying time doing the things you love or being with the people you love!

We have an amazing team of highly-trained editors who work with the goal in mind to make outsourcing be a seamless process for you.  We had the privilege of having Kirk Mastin come to Utah and train our team one on one.  We are the only lab endorsed by Kirk Mastin himself.

Our specialty is working with hybrid shooters to make your digital images match to film.  If you’re a digital only shooter, have no fear!  Our team is really comfortable with film and knows how your session would appear as if it was captured on film.  Your editor will work with you to create your complimentary color profile. Before we begin, we want to make sure we’re on the same page to make your images reflect your personal style.  We encourage our clients to have an open dialogue with their editor, giving them feedback on each order so we can provide images you and your clients love.  One of the greatest benefits of outsourcing is we will make your portfolio become more consistent.

If you’re a newer photographer still trying to figure out your style, outsourcing is perfect for you. With every order we process, our editors (who are photographers themselves) give customized feedback that can help you improve and dial in your aesthetic.  If you aren’t interested in feedback, no worries! Just let our team know.

If you’re still unsure about outsourcing your work, just send 25 images to test it out, on the house! Simply write 25HYBRIDFREE on your order form and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Image Credit: David Duong

Fuji 400H preset, Canon 5dMarkiii