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InstaFave Friday

Filminstagram July 31, 2015

Let’s enjoy this weekend! A few #indiefilmlab shots that kept us daydreaming about adventures in the surf this oh-so-hot work week.  Tag your shots #indiefilmlab !


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Indie Scene – Braedon Flynn / 100 Layer Cake

Artist SpotlightFilmPublished July 29, 2015


Braedon Flynn’s filling our Instagram with gorgeous shots this week. We didn’t want you to seeing more of his work in 100 Layer Cake’s recent post featuring his images for David’s Bridal’s new product.





Photography: Braedon Flynn Photography
Camera: Contax 645
Film stock: Fuji400h (outside) / portra 800 (inside)

Original post: 100 Layer Cake
Video: Cloudless Weddings / Location: Vibiana / Florals: Siren Floral Co. / Hair & Makeup: The Halcyon Agency / Dresses:David’s Bridal / Jewelry: David’s Bridal / Models: Newmark Models


Artist Spotlight – Braedon Flynn

Artist SpotlightFilminstagramInterview July 28, 2015


Braedon Flynn, film photographer out of Costa Mesa, CA, will be filling the IFL Instagram feed with his awesome images this week. Here’s an introduction to Braedon and what he and his work are all about.


IFL – How did photography become a part of your life?

BF – I started bringing a camera to concerts I was attending and shooting all the time. I used photography as a way to get into shows for free and either on stage or against the stage for all my favorite bands. Pretty quickly I was shooting for magazines, then started my own music blog (no longer in existence). From there I started shooting everything and anything. I went to college for business, but afterwards hooked up with a local community college photography department to really learn, shoot with larger format cameras and print in a darkroom.



IFL – Why film?

BF – It’s really an aesthetic choice for me. I don’t like watching TV in high def for the same reasons I’m not attracted to digital images—a little too sharp with too much detail. I prefer the softness of film and I feel it gets a depth that I can’t replicate digitally. I also love shooting film because of the older cameras I get to use like my Rollei or shooting medium format.

IFL – What’s your favorite film stock?

BF – I typically shoot Fuji 400H when I’m shooting weddings because I find it to be a bit prettier of a film. I love Kodak’s portra 160 & 800 for anything I’m shooting in the fashion/lifestyle direction. The 400 for some reason doesn’t do it for me but I love the other two.



IFL – What/who/where gets you inspired?

BF – Friends, adventure, fashion, music and architecture. I’m so inspired when I’m in new places, especially places with history or character. I love cities. If I was single and without kids (I have 3), I’d probably be living in New York. That place gets my heart going.

IFL – What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?

BF – I’m really drawn to moving picture these days. I’m in the process of directing a short documentary and I love shooting super8.








IFL – Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?

BF – I’ve been fortunate to be able to support my family as a photographer and have priced myself in a way to cover my film costs and be profitable. Being a film photographer is definitely expensive. And traveling is a pain but I definitely have my routine down. I typically shoot with (and carry on my body) 5 cameras at a time and that’s a bit ridiculous. I sometimes wish I could just shoot with one camera but I’m always missing something if I do that.

It’s hard being a small business and making a living in general. It’s crazy expensive out here. With photography in this market, unless you have a studio with several photographer, you’re trading time for dollars and that’s hard to scale. I feel that too many photographers out there, especially film photographers, don’t charge enough.

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IFL – Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?

BF – I have a lot more cameras but those are my main guns.
– Contax 645 and I keep color film in that one
– Mamiya 645 which I keep black and white in
– Rolleiflex 2.8 – I keep black and white typically in there
– 2 canon EOS 1v bodies – one for black and white and one for color
– digital cannons for reception time.


IFL – If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

BF – I’d either be working on my other site – The Photo Report or I’d move to a creative director role somewhere. If I never got into photography, I’d probably still be in commercial real estate.



IFL – Favorite moment you’ve ever captured

BF – I’ve documented the births of my kids and those have been some pretty special photos for me. My kids are really sweet with each other and I love documenting them.



IFL – What’s your everyday look like?

BF – I travel for probably 60%-70% of what I shoot. I love it and find I’m way more inspired to shoot when I travel but it’s gotten harder with 3 kids.  My wife gets to play single mom while I’m away, and that’s tough on her. My everyday when I’m not traveling usually involves do the morning routine with my kids—up with them early, get them fed and dressed and hang out a bit. I drive my oldest son to school (he’s going into kindergarten) and head to my studio/office.
At the office: I’ve delegated a lot of my post work to my lovely lab, Indie, and my office manager does final touches, sorting and exporting of those images. It frees me up to be able to head home around 5 p.m. to be with my family. With a lot of my photo work delegated, I spend a lot of time working on my other sites.





What makes you feel awesome? Music. Weather. Great food.
I’m a strong extrovert so I need to be surrounded by people and friends. I’ve found exercise incredibly affects how I’m feeling, so I started doing crossfit about a year ago—it’s awesome. And I surf as often as I can.

What makes you dance? Do you dance?
I definitely dance. Give me some friends and good music and I’m in.

Can you handle skinny jeans?
Well, I was wearing women’s jeans before they started making skinny jeans for men if that answers the question.

Favorite music
Really into the EDM (electronic dance music) scene right now and generally listen to that while I’m working. Indie Folk is my main jam.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
I’m in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s a really great community of friends, we’re 5-10 minutes from the beach and the weather ranges from 60-80 degrees all year round with relatively no humidity.

Do your kids/family think photography is cool or nerdy?
My kids are 6, 3, and 1. My oldest is the easiest kid to photograph. Seriously, every picture is good of him. My 3 year old is one of the hardest kids to take a photo of—he just won’t let me. My little girl—she’s pretty dang cute.

A little piece of Braedon’s heart: A little family video I shot on Super8 around my son’s 3rd birthday.

More of Braedon’s work and projects here:
Website –
Other sites – The Photo Report / The Artist Report
Instagram – braedonflynn


Introducing… Mobile Previews!

Newssocial June 5, 2015

Indie Film Lab – Mobile Previews from Indie Film Lab on Vimeo.

As photographers, we are more likely out shooting and creating than being in from of our computers, so we’ve decided to create “Mobile Previews”! With Mobile Previews you will have access to your scans on your mobile device via text message! All you have to do click YES to “Please send Mobile Previews…” section on our new order form!

Once your order is complete and the high res files are uploading, you will receive a text message with a link to your Mobile Preview Gallery! We have heard for years how bummed you guys get when you are away from your computer when your scans are ready… this feature will allow you to receive a gallery of your scans on your mobile device! We are super excited about this feature and have tested it with a few of you guys, and response has been amazing! Look forward to making your experience with us the best it can be, we love you guys and if you have any questions feel free to give us a shout!

30% off Fine Art Prints + Address Change!

Printing April 22, 2015

Use Promo Code: IFL30 in our Roes system and enjoy 30% off our fine art hahnemuhle prints!  This particular photo rag paper looks so great for film images!  Want samples? Hit us up!

If you haven’t signed up for our email list, check out our contact us page and sign up to get some discounts and cool updates!

Also can’t wait to share some images from our new location! Update your address books to:
Indie Film Lab
1717 Norman Bridge Road
Montgomery, AL. 36104

Ryan Ray in Southern Weddings!

FilmMagazine January 9, 2015

Hey guys, wanted to give a big shout out to our own Ryan Ray ( for his gorgeous work in the latest issue of Souther Weddings Magazine!

UNUNITED – Phoenix, AZ

Filminstagram November 6, 2014

Hi friends! If you’re in the Phoenix area, make sure to check out this special gathering featuring film work by our friend Will Fryar. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun, so be sure to check out all the folks involved by visiting their Instagram feeds.

Friday Nov. 7
7 – 10 PM
316 W. McDowell Rd. #201
Phoenix, Arizona
Film photography by @cityonfilm
Paintings by @jonni_cheatwood
Printing provided by @danielkimphoto
Curation by @ryannealcordwell
Hosted by @royalanddesign

Indie Film Lab Shindig! – Dec 7th

Filmshindigsocial October 27, 2014



Hello everyone! Indie Film Lab is throwing a little get together, you know, a lil shindig, on Dec 7th, 2014, and we want you to be there! Heres the plan: We are hosting an event, where folks could come enjoy film, friends, local live music and some good ol’ southern food, all while having fun and getting to know us, the lab, as well as other awesome photographers.

We will be meeting at Indie Film Lab, Dec 7th at 12-12:30, for some light snacks, as well having a handful of different film cameras on site for you to get your hands on.  Our good friend Ryan Muirhead will be hosting a lightwalk and photo Q&A from 1pm-3pm, then we will all head back to the lab to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening in our courtyard.

This will include a big family-style homemade low country boil (google it), craft beer, live music, a film goody bag for all attendees and all the good times you can handle. The entire Indie crew will be there, as well as other local film photographers. We want to create a time where you can meet the lab team, as well as learn and chat with other film shooters, in a casual and fun environment.

To keep it casual, we are only offering 25 spots. So grab your camera, grab some film and reserve your spot before they are gone. :)

If this sounds like fun, and you want to come join us, get your tickets here!  Can’t wait to meet you guys!

Indie Film Lab University – Fuji Frontier vs Noritsu HS 1800 Film Scanner

Indie Universityreview October 24, 2014

Hey Guys! Here is the newest Indie Film Lab University class on the differences between the Fuji Frontier and Noritsu HS 1800 film scanner!

Download the Sample Images Here
More Indie Film Lab University classes

Cinestill film in 120 – Kickstarter!!

FilmKodakNewsUncategorized October 20, 2014

Cinestill 120 is almost here! We have had the pleasure of shooting this new Cinestill film, and it is incredible. What Cinestill has done has brought the quality of medium format, in a high speed tungsten film.

Creating a new film stock and getting it into full scale production is no easy task, but with the help of the film community and kickstarter Cinestill 120 will soon be available worldwide!

Cinestill 120 is exciting in so many ways. Cinestill is changing the still film photo world using Vision 3 technology in an 800 ISO TUNGSTEN film which isn’t available anywhere else.  As you know shooting under tungsten light can be tricky and sometimes hard to color balance. With Tungsten film, it is MADE  for Tungsten light and is easier to color balance for natural looking skin tones. With Cinestill in the 120 format it will also have finer grain and smoother tonal range. Pretty awesome, right?!


Visit the Cinestill Kickstarter HERE for more information and to help support this exciting new film!




Cinema films for still photogaphers:

CineStill 800Tungsten is a high speed, ISO 800 (up to ISO 3200 with push processing) color film, created for still photography in low light. It is currently available in 35mm, and due to its growing success and overwhelming demand for a medium format version, we are looking to the film community to invest in the future of film and fuel the analog renaissance!

Currently, photographers have very limited options when shooting in artificial light. CineStill 800T is the only high speed color film currently made that is compatible with incandescent/tungsten light. No other still photography film produces such natural color and fine grain when shooting in tungsten light. Not only can you expect good color in low light, 800T can even be pushed up to ISO 3200 and be trusted to produce beautiful results! This opens up a whole new world of shooting possibilities for photographers, allowing them to shoot with the cameras they love in limited available light or in the studio with continuous hot lights, similar to those used on the set of a motion picture film. The unsurpassed quality and cutting edge technology used in cinema film gives 800T amazing exposure and color latitude, allowing extreme flexibility when shooting in mixed light or even in daylight without any filtration, producing excellent color and tonality in nearly any lighting situation!


Here are some examples form Cinestill’s new 120 film.













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