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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Ray

Artist SpotlightFilmInterviewKodak June 21, 2016

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Meet Ryan Ray—winner of being our brand of good people. The California native has photographed weddings for nine years and crafted a style of documentary photography rooted in celebrating a couple’s unique beauty and blessing to one another that breathes ease, natural beauty and genuine affection.
Ryan’s work is regularly featured in print publications (Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, PEOPLE, Harper’s Bazaar, BRIDES) and online (Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink), but his gentle demeanor praised by clients made friends and fun-loving reputation for joining guests on dance floor only add to his success. Traveling for wedding weekends occupies most of his work schedule, but there’s no doubt home sweet home is now Texas with his sweet bride of seven years, Cary, and their newly adopted son from Taiwan. As if they weren’t enough, just mention tacos. We hope you enjoy getting to know Ryan (and his love of high-tops, tacos and being a steward of kindness) as much as we have as he hosts our feed on Instagram this week.

 

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IFL: How did photography become a part of your life?
RR: I stumbled across photography after seeing a friend of mine pursue it. I wanted something to do on the side that I really enjoyed. Little did I know what it would turn into. I am so grateful for this medium that has allowed me to see things and document life in a way to bless people, make a living, and see the world.

IFL: What/who/where gets you inspired?
RR: My faith really inspires me. I had a really tough upbringing and my faith has been the foundation of my strength, joy, and inspiration for as long as I can remember. I see life with great joy and I believe it translates to the work I do.

 

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IFL: Why film?
RR: Goodness, it is beautiful, isn’t it? Rich tones that can’t be replicated. I love the way it leads me to approach my clients. It is an art that allows me to visualize my image before I take it.

IFL: What’s your favorite film stock?
RR: KODAK! I have always been a fan of Portra 400

 

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IFL: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
RR: I’d be a firefighter. I was a firefighter/paramedic for 10 years and absolutely loved it.

IFL: Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
RR: Anywhere with good light. Love a great sunset. I am originally from CA before marrying my southern bride and moving to TX. I love shooting in CA, but who doesn’t?

 

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IFL: Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
RR: Being a film photographer is not easy. Weddings happen so quickly, and I don’t like to miss anything. I rarely have a second shooter. I am in go mode the whole wedding day. I don’t get easily distracted, and I love the pressure to deliver. I do miss 220! With that said, I never make excuses for my medium. If I can’t do the best job possible and deliver beautiful images with what I have, I am not working hard enough. I am really grateful for the beautiful Kodak film I feel privileged to shoot, and extremely thankful for an incredible lab that has been on this journey with me.

 

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IFL: Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
RR: I travel for most of the work I do. It is not on purpose. I go wherever the work is and the clients I am commissioned by are.

IFL: Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
RR: High tops make you dance better. No joke.

 

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What makes you feel awesome?
High tops, denim, heather grey tees.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
The people and Mexican food.

Food you love
Tacos!

What makes you dance? Do you dance?
Love dancing!! Just ask anyone who knows me. Never said I was a good dancer, but that doesn’t keep me from having a great time!

Can you handle skinny jeans?
Yup, I’m a fan.

 

More of Ryan’s work here:
Website – ryanrayphoto.com
Blog – ryanrayphoto.com/blog/
Instagram – imryanray

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See y’all at Fieldtrip!

FilmIndie LifeKodakNews January 6, 2016

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We are excited to announce the Camera Rental Booth at Field Trip ( @yeahfieldtrip ) again Feb.22-26 in beautiful El Capitan Canyon, Ca. This is one event you really do not want to miss. Indie will be hosting a film camera booth for anyone who wants to shoot a free roll of Kodak film (@kodak_photo) and free processing by us. The awesome Samy’s camera (@samys_sb_rentals) from Santa Barbara will be loaning us around 15-16 medium format film cameras for you to shoots or free!! Last year we had a killer selection of Hasslelbad, Contax, Mamiya and Fuji. Keep an eye out for the camera rental schedule! Hopefully we can see you there!

You can use coupon code: INDIE50 when you sign up to get a $50 discount off enrollment!

Why Film?

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Cinestill film in 120 – Kickstarter!!

FilmKodakNews 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!

 

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Artist Spotlight: Ashley Kelemen

Artist SpotlightInterviewKodakNews April 7, 2014

 

It is time for something new. You see their work on the internet or in magazines, but we want to know a little more about the individual behind the lens. Everyone has discovered photography in a different way. Everyone has taken a different path to get to where they are now. Lets learn a little more about their story.

 

Today we are talking with Ashley Kelemen. Ashley is a fine art wedding photographer currently based in Costa Mesa, CA. Ashley is a fun, passionate person and it shows in her work. We are excited to be a part of her process.

IFL: How did you get started in photography?

AK: When I moved to New York, I fell in love with the city and found myself constantly in awe of everything I saw every day. In essentially the first creative endeavor of my life, I started a tumblr with iPhone shots around the city.That naturally evolved into something much bigger, documenting travel & life, and ultimately introduced me to a huge community of photographers around the world. They encouraged me to pick up a real camera, and within a few months my good friend Alice handed me her Contax. That was pretty much the end of the life I knew.

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

AK: I spent several years working in the Fashion industry, and now that I’m out, I realize it was never the right fit for me. At this point, I think I would want to get into a business marketing field. I’d love to work with creatives to better navigate the business world, and to have the confidence to actually support themselves with their art.

That, or a marine biologist, but I was a terrible student…

IFL: Why shoot film?

AK: At first, I fell in love with it for the aesthetic, the soft colors and the way it handled light. I still love it for those reasons, but as time has gone on I’ve realized how much it changes the way I shoot. Each image means more, and it challenges me to pay attention to everything in my frame with each shot. It has completely shaped me as a photographer.

IFL: How do you feel about the direction the photography industry is going?

AK: It’s easy to worry a lot about the vast number of entry level wedding photographers providing cheap, fast work and delivering absolutely everything, rather than the best of the best. I see it changing client expectations without an emphasis on quality, and somewhat eroding part of the wedding industry. That said, I think there will always be a market for truly great wedding photographers. There are enough clients with taste and an eye for art, who are looking for beautiful imagery, and a thorough understanding of light and movement. Long term, I do see clients remembering the value of good service, beautiful packaging and a collection of images that are album worthy and stand the test of time.

IFL: What’s inspiring you right now?

AK: Recently, I’ve stopped looking at what’s being done by my fellow wedding photographers. There is so much talent in this industry, and it’s easy for me to focus on what work I’m not doing, who is getting what weddings, working with which vendors, etc. and that ultimately prevents me from growing as an artist. Instead, I’m looking outside of weddings. I’m looking to graphic designers for an emphasis on balance and color. I’m looking to the incredible people I get to call friends, like Ryan Muirhead and Alice Gao, who help me to see differently and to ask the hard questions about my images. And I’m looking outside, because the more time I spend in front of the computer, the less I find to inspire me.

IFL: Where is one of your favorite places (geographically) to shoot?

AK: Travel shapes who I am, and how I live my life. Discovering the world through my camera has been the best part of photography for me. So honestly, my favorite place to shoot is anywhere new! I haven’t been to Africa since five years before I ever picked up a camera, so I’m currently dying to get back there to shoot.

IFL: Whats your favorite film stock right now?

AK: Portra 160 is my go to for color, and Tri-X for black and white. I’m a creature of habit so when I fall in love with a film, I will almost always pick up the same one.

IFL: If you could photograph anything in the world, no limitations, what would it be?

AK: Oh man. If I could, I would spend all my time photographing the disappearing animal species around the world. Having seen cheetah’s run through Tanzania knowing that it’s something my children might not see, and swimming with blacktip reef sharks in Thailand, and visiting the sun bear sanctuary in Laos…the list goes on and on, and it breaks my heart. I’ve been lucky enough to see things that won’t be around forever, and if I could leave a record of those in some way for future generations, I would feel so fulfilled.

IFL: If somebody discovered a book of your work, or a box of negatives, a hundred years form now, what would you want them to take away from it?

AK: I would want them to feel that they had gotten to know me, to know a piece of my messy world and to know that I had spent my life capturing love from an honest place.

 

 

 

You can see more of Ashley’s work here:

Website // Facebook // Instagram

Long Live Film – A Film Documentary

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Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab took a trip from Montgomery, AL to Las Vegas, NV for the annual WPPI trade show.   After we decided it would be more interesting to travel via RV than plane, we started planning our trip around the places we wanted to see.   Originally, we had an idea to create a 5-10 minute video of our trip, for fun, then Kodak came on board and our project has turned into a 47 minute feature.  The film has now turned the focus less on the trip, to more on the photographers themselves and why they shoot film.  We can’t thank Kodak and all our friends who helped and supported us and our project.   We hope you enjoy the film and are inspired to create things you truly care for, in a way you are truly passionate.   Long Live Film.

 

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Here are a few more images from our trip.

 

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“Long Live Film” – A film documentary. (Teaser)

FilmKodakNewsvideo October 16, 2013

Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab and Kodak partnered up and hit the road to talk to photographers all over the country about why they still use film. It didn’t stop there. We continued to meet up and talk with some incredible film photographers over the past several months and can’t wait to share their stories. Here is a teaser for you to enjoy while we put the final touches on the full length. We can’t wait to share this! Long Live Film!

Watch the original trailer HERE.

Some of our favorites

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A handful of awesome images we have shared recently.

Photo by: Ivan Amezcua

Photo by: Rebecca Siewert

Photo by: Matthew O’Donnell Photo by: Keito Swan Photo by: Ryan Johnson Photo by: Amanda Nippoldt Photo by: Blake Burton

All images processed and scanned by Indie Film Lab

For more, follow @indiefilmlab on Instagram or @indiefilmlab1 on Twitter.

Film Giveaway!!

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Hey guys! Head over to the Indie Film Lab Instagram (@indiefilmlab) or comment on this post to take a guess at what film stock was used for the image below. The first one with the correct answer gets a Pro-pack of Kodak Portra 160 35mm!!

Good luck!

HINT: This image has been cropped. Go visit Indie Film Lab on Instagram for another hint. :)

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Indie Film Lab and Kodak at WPPI – Come see us!!

FilmgiveawayKodak March 11, 2013

Hey guys! Come see us at WPPI today, we are in booth 1140 across from the awesome Artifact Uprising booth. We will have some awesome guests in the next few days! Ryan Muirhead, Trent Bailey, Yan and Plenty more. Also will have a few cool give aways AND if you are in Vegas at WPPI come out to the party we are hosting at Freaking Frog along with Cinestill and Framed Network! Also go check out the amamzing Kodak at their booth today and talk to Tim! Im sure you can score some of the greatest film available.