The Fantome Kino ISO 8 Film is a bit of a challenge, but also offers incredibly creative shooting possibilities. Holger Nitschke didn't miss the chance to pack the Fantome Kino film for a portrait and fashion shoot, so sit back and get inspired!
Hello Holger and welcome back to the magazine! We are glad that you tried our Fantome Kino 35 mm film, what sparked your interest in this film?
Hello! I found the film or cinema look of the Fantome, which is very much in the direction of classic fashion shots (e.g. by Newton or Sieff), very exciting. After I was allowed to test the Babylon last year, it was really only logical to go down a few ASA levels next ;)
Of course, I had to include the "light weakness" of the ISO8 film in my shooting plans - so I hoped for a sunny day - which is very difficult with the weather forecasts especially in northern Germany - but we were lucky and the sun provided me with just the right (hard) light in many situations!
You mainly shoot people, do you have a tip on how to best guide a model during the shoot? You can't share the results directly with the model in analog photography, does that affect the approach?
I admit that on most shoots I also take digital photos on the side. Especially when I don't know a film or its properties and have to deal with changing light conditions, the digital camera helps a lot - it's like a Polaroid. Especially at the beginning of the shooting, both model and photographer need some time to get into a "flow", so it makes little sense for me to already use up valuable film and I rather go for the digital, which allows me to already show the model a few results, which is usually very helpful.
Some models need more instruction, others are more confident in front of the camera. To guide the model I always try an interplay between letting pose and posing tips, this always results in many variations and it's fun when both sides can get creative.
How did you like the photos with Fantome Kino 35 mm film? For what kind of photography would you recommend it?
I love the look! I think it fits very well with my type of photography: it should be high-contrast and have an old-school film look. The film delivers both of those perfectly for me! I think it's very good for portrait & fashion photography where hard contrasts are desired as well as for architectural photography.
Tips and tricks for those who would like to try Fantome Kino 35 mm film?
Sun or at least bright daylight and a fast lens are already prerequisites to avoid having to resort to very slow shutter speeds very quickly (if motion blur is not desired). I personally never use tripods (they limit me and I don't like the fiddling with them). By the way, all pictures were taken with a Canon A1 and the 50/1.8.
Handling the film when spooling it into the developer can and also when scanning the negatives is quite challenging as the film is quite stiff and wiry, twists and buckles easily. Also, you have scratches on the negatives very quickly - so even more than with other films already, careful handling is necessary. ;)
Many thanks to Holger for sharing his photographs and process with us! Check out his LomoHome, his Instagram Profile and his Website to see the whole series! Many thanks also to model Fiene from Modelwerk.
And if you now also feel like experimenting with low ISO values and want to soak your photos in the classic B&W look, you can find the Fantome Kino ISO 8 in our Online Shop.