Fine Art Photography, Shot on Film. by Michael Hodson


What is a hybrid workflow?

Hybrid film processing, unlike traditional darkroom printing, involves scanning the film negatives and utilising digital editing techniques. This blend of analog film and digital technology offers a unique approach to achieve exceptional results. By scanning the negatives, the images can be enhanced, refined, and adjusted digitally, providing greater control and flexibility in the final output. This process allows for the preservation of the film's inherent characteristics while benefiting from the advancements of digital editing, resulting in stunning and high-quality prints.

What is your favourite camera?

I primarily work with a Mamiya C220 Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) camera, a classic model produced between 1968 and 1995. While I have an older version from the 60s, my main tool is an "F" model from the 80s. The TLR stands out with its two lenses: one for capturing the image and another for viewing. This sets it apart from Single Lens Reflex cameras (SLR) that require the mirror to move before capturing a photo. The C220 is a square format 6x6 camera, which is why most of my work is square.

What is your favourite film?

While I still like to experiment with different film stocks, my go to film is Ilford FP4. It strikes a perfect balance between capturing fine details and delivering contrasting tones. However, I also enjoy the gritty aesthetic of Kodak Tri-X and the versatility offered by Ilford HP5.

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