You’ve heard the big announcement – we’re heading to WPPI for our second year in a row! We’re super excited to share with you the tips and ticks that we’ve learned to have fun and get the most out of your time at WPPI!

Dave Waddell | Portra 400 | Mamiya 6

  • Don’t rent a car. Unless you’re planning a road trip to the Grand Canyon while you’re in Vegas, everything else is in walking distance, and because everything is close, taxi’s are affordable.
  • Wear comfy shoes. The hotel consists of long hallways and often times just getting in feels like you’ve walked miles. Classes are held in a three-story convention center and its a little bit of a hike just to get to the expo. Your feet will get tired no matter what, so do them a favor and wear shoes with good support and comfy soles.
  • Bring water and snacks. When you’re in the thick of things, you’ll want to have water on you to stay hydrated. You’ll also want some good snacks to carry around. All the restaurants are back in the main hotel and when you do break for lunch, so will everyone else. Expect long lunch lines and no food for sale anywhere in the convention or expo center.
  • Get lots of sleep and take your Airborne. When gathering thousands of people together, germs will spread. Give your immune system a boost and do anything else you can to keep from getting sick.
  • Bring business cards. WPPI is mecca for networking. You’ll want to pass along your info to keep in touch and remember names. We’d suggest putting them in your lanyard, ready to pass out. Business cards are also another way to enter giveaways and win prizes so make sure you bring enough!
  • Stay connected. Download the WPPI2016 app where you can get the speaker schedule, a list of the exhibitors, and so much more. Follow WPPI’s official IG account and search hastags to see what else is going on.
  • Bring your battery charger with you. Once you’re connected, you’ll want to stay connected. There are only a few WiFi hot spots and the rest of your time, your phone will be searching for service and draining the battery. Nothing’s worse than a dead phone. At theFINDlab booth 1700, we’ll have charging stations; so if you did forget your charger come chat with us and charge your phone while eating some candy!
  • The trade show pass may be all you need. Don’t feel like you have to spend the extra cash to attend Platform or Master classes, just attend the trade show. Most of your favorite photographers speak in a more intimate setting at the booths anyways.  Plus, this is where you want to be to meet vendors and get huge discounts on your favorite gear. To sign up for your free expo pass, complimentary of theFINDlab, sign up here!
  • Plan and be flexible. There are literally over a hundred speakers. Layout a potential schedule for yourself and don’t feel like you have to stick to it. If a speaker isn’t resonating with you, don’t feel bad getting up and leaving. Find the speakers that are going to help you grow and get motivated

Hope this list helps you and don’t forget to come visit us at booth 1700!

   

When the weather is cold and brides simply don’t want a 15-degree wedding, most photographers find their bookings start to slow. While we are currently in said slow season, we have a suggestion for you that will get you prepared for when things pick up again: Get your camera serviced.

Nothing is better than hitting the pavement running, knowing all your camera gear is working and up to par. We recommend getting all of your gear serviced at least once a year. We’re talking body, inserts/backs, lenses – the whole kit. These film cameras we are using can be decades old and even if nothing is wrong with it, a good cleaning will be worth it in the end. Cleaning and servicing your camera should be a preventative step, but here are some examples for when you know you have a camera malfunction.

Light leak – Light leaks are caused by light passing through cracks in your camera when your film back is not closing as tightly as it should.

Lenny Kaholo | Cinestill 800T +2 | Nikonos V + 80mm

Shutter issues – Your shutter curtain may being wearing out. Typically, many of the frames on the roll will have this same issue when shutter speeds are faster than a certain speed, but that’s not always the case.

Belinda Olsen | Ektar 100 | Mamiya 645 Pro TL

Tension issues – Are you getting a tilt-shift effect and you’re not using a TS lens? This means there are tension issues, either with the tension plate on your insert or when advancing the roll.

Stephanie Hunter | Fuji 400H | Contax 645

Scratches – Sometimes dust or dirt can lodge its way in to cause scratches, but other times it’s a piece of equipment that has misaligned itself and is literally scratching the emulsion off the film to reveal the cyan layer.

Jillian Gorman | Portra 400 | Contax 645

Fungus or Haze – Fungus and haze grow in hot, humid climates when lenses aren’t stored properly. If all your images are coming out with a hazy look, remove your camera from your lens and turn down the light. Shine a light through and you’ll be able to see soft fuzzy spots if it’s fungus or an oily surface if it’s haze. If the fungus is so bad that it’s eaten away your lens coating, sometimes it’s beyond repair.

Justin Brown | Mark iii + 50mm 1.2

Katie Nesbitt | Portra 400 | Canon AE-1

Most of these issues can be fixed without a hitch and we can help point you in the right direction to do so. Here are a few places we would recommend:

Steve Kews of Kew’s in Provo, UT.

Bill Moretz of Pro Camera in Charlottesville, VA.

Rollei Repairs by Harry Fleenor in Manhattan Beach, CA.

This is also a great time to get a bright screen if you were considering it. Bill Maxwell of Maxwell Precision Optics will give you a brighter view screen to help you see a brighter images in your view finder.

Sending your camera in can be like losing a limb, so plan accordingly. Think through whether you want to send in your work horse and then your back up, or both in at the same time. Also make sure you keep open communication with your repair person to take out the guess work and get your camera back faster.

   

Today we are celebrating the birthday of one of the greats, Ansel Adams! He was a master of the large format camera, and a lifelong conservationist. Ansel is best known for his nature and landscape work of the American West, and his impeccable craft in the darkroom. Not to mention that Ansel—along with photographer Fred Archer—created The Zone System that we still use today!

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 Go shoot some black and white 4×5 to celebrate!

   

Emily Wilson | Portra 400 | Mamiya 645 Pro TL

It’s that time of year….WPPI is calling! Once again, theFINDlab will be there. We’re so excited to see all of you, and have you get to know our team. To sign up for your free trade show pass, compliments of theFINDlab, sign up HERE!

The two stars of last year’s show will be back: our Frontier and Noritsu scanners. Visitors who schedule an appointment to our booth will be able to work one-on-one with our team to experience the scanning process of C-41 film. You’ll be able to compare Frontier and Noritsu colors, see the benefits of Basic, Basic+, and Premium Scans, and create or refine your custom color profile. For you digital shooters, we will also have color consults to help nail down your ideal look. Here are some things to know to make the most of your experience with theFINDlab at WPPI:

• if you would like us to bring your negatives for you to pick up, send an email to info@thefindlab.com (or use the contact form above) with the subject “bring my negs” and we will have them for you to come get. The last day for submitting this request is Feb. 29th.

•if you’d like to see what both a Frontier and Noritsu can do, you’ll need to sign up with a friend at the same time on opposite scanners and just let us know in the appointment notes. To sign up for your 20-minute appointment with free regular size scans, click HERE

• for your appointment, you can bring your C-41 negatives with you (1 roll of 120 or 35mm), send in one roll to the lab (received before Feb. 29th) for developing only and we’ll have it ready to go OR if we are bringing negatives for pick up, one of those rolls will be available to scan as well

• if you don’t have negatives to bring with you, we’ll have sample rolls for you to try

• to sign up for your 10-minute appointment for a digital color consult, click HERE

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there…. We will have a film drop off at our booth, 1700, which will be available until Wednesday at noon. We are happy to bring your film back with us to help you save on shipping costs.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

   

Jeremy Chou | Portra 400 | Mamiya 645 Pro TL

Have you heard the news? Film Box Lab is now part of theFINDlab family! They’ll be closing the doors on March 1st and they’ve asked us to take over from here. We’re sad to see them go, but excited for what the future holds for them.

We know a lot of people are curious at to why this is happening. The owners of Film Box Lab decided to focus on other areas of their professional careers and personal lives. As a result, they contacted us knowing they would be leaving their clients in good hands. We value our clients, same as them, and will work to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for all involved.
The last day they are receiving orders is February 23rd. Any calls or emails after March 1st will automatically be forwarded to us, and we will be happy to help in any way possible.
Film Box clients, don’t fret! They have trained us on your specific style and we will continue to work hand-in-hand with them to ensure our scanners and editors are familiar with your desired look! We have your color profile information and will put it to good use.
We wish the Film Box team the best of luck and look forward to working with clients making the transition. Please feel free to reach out to us at 801-691-0010 or info@thefindlab.com with any additional questions. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.