After my first portrait session with Kodak Portra 400, I was excited to try a B&W film. A quick search on Filmfotostore led me to ILFORD HP5 PLUS, an ISO 400 film which is known for its all-purpose value. My next decision was to find a model and a location for the shoot. Luckily this did not take much time either. I found my muse in Sanchaita Roy, while another friend agreed with me using her place as the location for the shoot.

The camera in use was my trusty Canon AE-1 Program with the Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 lens…

Had been thinking to do a 35mm film vs Digital photography shoot out for a long time now but it was delayed due to the Corona Pandemic.

However, finally, we did get the chance to go out and shoot by the banks of the river Brahmaputra. My choice of film for the day was Kodak Ultramax 400 on my Canon AE-1 Program while Jitul was with his Nikon Z6. And we had with us Sukanya Gogoi as the model for the shoot out.

The day started with pretty harsh sunlight which forced me to shoot with the aperture stopped down…

The fear of having your content stolen and used illegally haunts every content creator. It is either face the fear and be on the lookout for stolen images or not upload any content to the web at all. However, not uploading any content to the web can never be a solution as we need to get “seen” to get more work, and to get “seen” we need to have our content available on different digital platforms.

Also, when you have a vast amount of content to be monitored it is not possible to be doing all the reverse image searching

I had developed a habit or better say GAS since I got my first vintage lens the “Helios 44–2 58mm f2”. However, I was pretty much excited to try out film photography but the bad news for me was that none of the stores in my hometown, Guwahati, Assam had any stores that developed or kept film stock.

In Oct 2019, I happened to find a collector in Delhi, India who happened to have a working Canon AE-1 Program within my affordable budget and that led me to do some research regarding where and how I can get film stocks…

Shooting 35mm film portraits had been on my wishlist for a long time now, and when I found this Canon AE-1 Program with a collector in Delhi, how could I say no to it.

Introduced in the year 1981, the Canon AE-1 Program is a successor to the Canon AE-1 and now boasts the Program AE mode first seen in the A-1 which makes it easy for beginners to click pictures without having much to worry about.

Since there aren’t any stores dealing with film photography in Guwahati. My quest for finding the solution ended up with the Film…

The Industar 69 28mm f2.8 is a half-frame lens made during the year 1967- 1972 in Soviet Russia by BelOMO.

This lens is so small that even with an M39 to Sony E adapter this lens can fit inside a denim’s pocket. The lens has its aperture control mechanism right in front of it making it a bit sophisticated for video use because every time you try to change the aperture your fingers will come into the frame.

The lens has a reputation for being soft, however, my copy does give me a usable amount of sharpness when shot…


Tashdique Mehtaj, a self-taught photographer from Guwahati sharing photography tips, tricks, and trends. Website :

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