UK Film Lab Spotlight – Chloe Browne, Caught the Light

We love Chloe Browne. Not only is she a pleasure to have as a client but she takes breathtaking photographs which we love working on. Chloe has a worldwide reputation and photographs weddings all around the globe. Known for her beautiful use of natural light, her style really suits the tone and feel of film. We asked her some questions and here are her answers, with some absolutely gorgeous images to round things off! Enjoy:-)

Why do you take photographs? What inspires you?

I take photographs because I don’t like to forget things. Life is all too often, so fleeting but I love that a photo will trigger a memory I would likely otherwise have forgotten. I’m inspired by beautiful light, as ridiculous as that sounds, learning very early on that good light is what makes me want to make an image.

Images have always been so important to me and I was always intrigued by my grandfather’s camera. The last photo ever taken of him, I took on his 35mm camera in Cornwall. He was our family photographer and I like to think he passed it along in his genes.

Tell us a little about why you started to shoot film, and what shooting film does for you.

I’m predominantly a digital photographer and taught myself how to shoot with a DSLR but for me, film is just magic. It looks like my dreams (once UK Film Lab have worked their magic) and I don’t achieve that same aesthetic with digital. I shoot all of my personal work on film and all of my portraiture now. I’ve managed to incorporate a little film into my wedding days, but still keep up with the fast-paced nature of weddings, which I love. I really slow down when I shoot film and I’m a lot more deliberate and considered, too. I feel like it’s made me a more observant photographer.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

I use UK Film Lab because your feedback has been invaluable. I also appreciate supporting homegrown businesses and that you give my film such personal attention. You look after my film and I very well.

You use light beautifully to create your gorgeous images.  Could you tell us a little bit about how you developed your style?

Firstly, thank you! I chose the name Caught the Light as before I really got serious, people would always say “you caught the light well in that one”. It’s a stupid name but I’m stubborn, so it stuck.

I started off shooting weddings six years ago and fell in love with Jose Villa’s work and the way he seeks out the light. He has such a beautiful eye and makes everything look ethereal and I was drawn to his work immediately. When I started investing in photography, I quickly became dependent on prime lenses as I loved how they helped me hone in on the details I noticed. I also liked that they let me shoot in really low-light situations without always needing to use flash, which means I can creep around a bit and blend in more.

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

One of the best purchases I ever made in shooting film was buying a polaroid back for my 645. Being a digital girl, I like that reassurance of knowing that my kit is in working order so I can shoot to my heart’s content.

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You can check out more of Chloe’s wonderful work at Caught the Light

 

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UKFL Image of the Day – October Round-up

Another month has flown by and it’s been another month packed full of amazing film from our clients in all corners of the globe! Each day we post an ‘Image of the Day’ on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and these are a selection of the many wonderful images that have caught our eye during the process of working on them in the lab. As always we’re posting this round-up to bring all the images together – it’s an amazing way to see the breadth of variety of work that we deal with here at the lab and we’d like to thank each and everyone one of our clients for putting their film in our hands. Here’s the collection, and below it you can find the individual images and credits.

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And the individual images and credits:

Alex Bonney

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Michael Leather

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Christian Ward

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Oxana Kohler

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Mark Lim

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Theresa Furey

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Irena Kabelis

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Christian Ward

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Colin Tuff

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Ricardo Aguiar

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Christian Ward

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Camilla Jorvad

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Davy Priestley

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Magnus Fagernes Ivarsen

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Magnus Bogucki

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Erica Ward

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Nicholas Lau

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Nils Karlson

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UK Film Lab Spotlight | Alex Bonney

It’s been a while since we turned on our UK Film Lab Spotlight, but it’s now on again and it’s beaming straight down on to photographer Alex Bonney. Alex is one talented man; not only is he a skilled photographer but he’s a musician too, and so we guess this isn’t the first time he’s been under a spotlight! We were looking through Alex’s back catalogue of orders that he’s sent to us and there was such diversity that it made it difficult to choose. So with that in mind we tried to choose a range of photographs that reflect the places he’s been and things he’s done. As always we’re kicking things off with a Q&A:

Why do you take photographs?

I have a diverse career as a musician, sound engineer and photographer in constantly changing proportions. I love photography as a quiet retreat from the noise of everyday life (and sometimes even a break from music is welcome!). I think I’m fascinated by light as much as sound and love to capture both. Wandering around an unfamiliar landscape with a film camera is pretty much bliss to me.

Why do you shoot film?

Firstly I think it’s important to say I’m (like I imagine are a lot of your clients), a hybrid photographer and digital is very useful to me too. However, my heart lies with film and pretty much all of my (and my favourite photographers’) personal work that I really feel attached to from years gone by was shot on film. Photography for me is largely about capturing the beauty of light and film simply looks more beautiful to me. In a world where I feel subtlety is being slowly erased I am increasing drawn to it. Digital shoots these days are starting to feel like slightly slowed down video capture now memory cards are virtually unlimited: music has taught me a lot about economy of notes and the importance of silence and I somehow feel comfortable with a morning’s walk and 10 shots to take on a roll in a 6×7 camera. Sometimes if I’m up a mountain I might really push the boat out and shoot 20 or even 30 images! As a result it’s unusual not to feel some kind of emotional connection when I press the shutter on a film camera. Plus, getting to know how a real film stock responds is more exciting to me than any digital filter.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

After some years of being frustrated with my home scans (and very mixed experiences with other labs) I was so happy to find a UK lab giving such consistently great results and with excellent service and helpful feedback. I finally have confidence in that stage of my workflow. I’m almost ashamed to say shooting film feels like less work than digital to me now! It’s obvious to me UK Film Lab love what they do and are artists that care about their clients’ work. They run a business helping to keep film photography alive and well into the second decade of the 21st century, and I want to support that. Plus the ‘your scans are ready’ emails are like Christmas day as a kid!

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

Although I’ve had some happy accidents with misty underexposed shots in the past, I wish I’d realised the benefits of overexposure on film years ago. The exposure feature you did was a real eye opener for me and several photographer friends. All film shooters should check out that great bit of research! Other than that, just please keep shooting film so as a community we can keep enjoying it!

Before we move on to a selection of Alex’s photographs, here are a selection of links where you can check out Alex’s range of photographic and musical talents!

Alex on Flickr  Alex on Tumblr Alex’s music site

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UK Film Lab University

Following a significant number of requests, we are soon going to be launching a brand new and extremely exciting avenue for UK Film Lab!

UK Film Lab University (or UKFL-U) will be delivering learning events beginning in 2015, based in our new purpose-built learning space. You already know us for our unrelenting approach to quality film processing and we’re now taking that same approach and keeping everything in-house for UKFL-U.

In a world overrun with photography workshops and conferences UKFL-U will provide REAL learning on a personal level. At our events you’ll create beautiful photographs but what you’ll leave with – which is even more valuable – are the skills and knowledge to successfully shoot film yourself or further develop your existing skills.

To register your interest and be kept informed of announcements when they happen, simply send an email to university@ukfilmlab.com with the word ‘Subscribe’ in the subject field.

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UKFL Image of the Day – August Round-Up!

One of our favourite times of the month – sharing all of the amazing UKFL Images of the Day that our talented clients have created!  We have many more amazing images that we have the pleasure of working on every single day, and only wish we had time to share more…We try to select photographs with a variety of subjects (though this month we seem to have been slightly sidetracked by redheads!), film stocks and cameras, and we also like to use the opportunity to share a little of our own photography with you as well. But one of the key aims is to showcase the stunning versatility and downright beauty of film, and to demonstrate how talented photographers are using it every single day for both personal and professional work – film is well and truly alive and kicking!

A couple of the images here have had slight skin retouches or been straightened by the client, but other than that, these are the images exactly as we sent them out to our clients following our scanning and editing process.  We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients and delivering unbeatably beautiful scans.  So without further ado, please enjoy and share this gorgeous work…

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Ricardo Aguiar Mamiya AFDii/Kodak Ektar:

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Egle Laukyte Mamiya AF/Kodak Ektar:

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Jared Macias / Into the Light Mamiya 645AFD/Kodak Tri-x 400:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Hanke Arkenbout Mamiya 645/ Kodak Portra 800:

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Dmitry Serostanov Pentax 645 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Christian Ward Contax 645/Fuji 400H:

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Jane Haglund Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400:

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George McConville Hasselblad 500C / Kodak Portra 400:

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Oxana Kohler Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400NC:

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Jenny Owens Mamiya 645 pro / Kodak Portra 400:

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Britt Spring Canon 1V/Kodak BWCN:

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Christian Ward Pentax 67ii / Fuji 400H:

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Tereza Lee Mamiya 645 / Fuji 400H:

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Christian Ward / Pentax 67ii / Kodak Ektar:

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Carolien Joubert Canon EOS3 / Fuji 400H:

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James Lester Rolleiflex 3.5F/ Fuji 400H:

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Chloe Browne / Caught the Light Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Ryan Brothwell Olympus OM10 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Kodak Portra 400

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