Kodak Moments for Any Type of Dad

Great dad’s deserve something special on Father’s Day. We have ideas for cards and DIY photo gifts that are perfect for lots of different kinds of dads.  card-FB-06-16

Is your dad an avid fisherman? Promise a day of fishing along with a picture from a recent fishing trip on his card.

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Kids will have fun making this fishing pole that tells Dad what a great catch he is.

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Let a Dad who travels a lot know he is the best in the world.

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Upcycle old pocket watches with photos so he can take his favorite people with him on his travels.

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If your dad is a handyman around the house, let him know how much you appreciate everything he does with your card. You can even use a throwback photo of him hard at work.

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A framed photo makes a great Father’s Day gift, especially if it is a customized frame for someone who likes to tinker around. Use duct tape, nuts or wrenches, just don’t take them out of Dad’s tool box!

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Even if dad is more of a “new tie” for Father’s Day kinda guy, the right photo in a card can make him melt.

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Keep with the tie theme and add his photo and a paper tie to a treat jar so everyone knows whose snacks are inside.

You can make these cards and print the photos for these projects at a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you or with the My Kodak Moments app.

Find more photo gift ideas and inspiration for Father’s Day in the Tips & Projects Center.

How and Why I Shoot Kodak Professional Film at Hawaiian Weddings: Guest Post By Wendy Laurel

Wendy Laurel is a film photographer who shoots weddings, families, and lifestyle work on Maui, Hawaii.  She was selected as a PDN winner in the annual Top Knots wedding photography competition for 2015 and her work has appeared in many wedding publications and blogs, such as Pacific Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Snippet and Ink, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, and many more.  She lives on Maui with her husband and four children.

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Why I shoot film at weddings here in Hawaii is something I get asked all the time.  All. The. Time.  The simple answer is easy — I shoot film at weddings because I love how it looks. I shoot Kodak Professional film and I find that it gives me the colors of Hawaii that I see with my eye here and does it in a super pretty way.

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I am not a super technical person. They way I can explain what I see with film that makes me want to shoot it exclusively is Kodak Professional films’ colors, the depth in the image, the way film handles light.  Film images always draw me in.

I also have fallen in love with the process of shooting film.  For me, the simpler my process is, the freer I am creatively.   With film, I am freed from looking at the camera back, from worrying about the camera settings beyond the basic aperture and shutter speeds.  That simplicity keeps me in the moment with the people in front of my camera and inspires me creatively.

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People sometimes wonder how I shoot film at weddings as if it was a harder process than digital. But I don’t think it really is.  Here are my go-to’s for shooting film at weddings.

  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

For the majority of the wedding, I shoot with mainly my medium format camera – the Contax 645.  I also carry a 35mm camera – the Canon 1v with a wide-angle lens, which I use for photojournalistic type shots, movement, and some fun portraits.  I also pack 2 back up cameras just in case.  You never know at a wedding what will decide to break.

I have a ton of film cameras that I love to experiment with.  I love my Rollei sl66 and my toy cameras (Holga and Lomos) and fun and different lenses.  But I pick only one “extra” camera to bring with me to a wedding. And I preload that camera with the film it will need and I usually shoot only 1 or 2 rolls through it during the bride and groom portrait time.  I have found that in older cameras and lenses, using Kodak Ektar film works really well.  The strong colors and contrast from Ektar help work against older lenses loss of contrast.

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  1. MY FILM BAG

I use an old shoulder carry camera bag as my film bag. It has three compartments, which I use for the three different speeds of film I will use during the day.  In each compartment, I have a zip lock bag of unwrapped 120 rolls of film.  On top of each bag is a replacement insert for my camera (Contax 645) loaded with that sort of film.  For me, that’s one compartment of Portra 160 and Ektar 100 mixed (my daylight outside films).  The second compartment has Portra 800 (my favorite inside or nighttime color film). And the third compartment holds Kodak Tri-x 400 (for nighttime reception shots).  There is also an empty Ziploc bag that I use to put in all my shot film.  I also put a couple of spare batteries in my film bag.

On the outsides of my bag are two pockets. In one is Kodak Ektar 35mm film, in the other, Kodak BW400CN and Tri-x in 35mm.  Those are for my 35mm camera- Canon 1v.

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  1. MY ASSISTANT/SECOND SHOOTER

I love to shoot weddings with someone by my side. It makes the day go smoother and I love having someone to chat with and bounce ideas off.  My assistant carries my film bag and reloads the spare inserts for me. When I finish a roll of film, I just turn around and open my camera back, he hands me a new insert and I hand him the insert with the finished roll.  Then he reloads that for me while I’m shooting.  Easy. Peasy.  He also shoots here and there as inspiration hits him.

Of course he doesn’t always have to stand right there with me. In slower times of the day, like the getting ready, I might be with the bride and he will be with the guys and I reload the film myself.  But in the busiest times of the day, its especially handy to have his help reloading the film.

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  1. BRING LIGHT

I shoot film all day and all night. So the reception is shot on all film as well.  For nighttime shooting, I like to bring a variety of lighting tools — 2 video lights and 2 flashes.  The video lights work great for first dances and cake cutting.  I set them up on nearby tables, or one on top of my camera and one held by my assistant while I shoot black and white film.   I have flashes for both the Canon and the Contax and I use those also. Flashes work well for dancing shots and candids.

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For me film is all about both the look I can achieve in my images and the process itself. I find myself being much more creative and artistic with film in my camera.  I love experimenting with things done in camera — double or triple exposures, light leaks, super wide angles or older cameras and lenses.  Its really the fun I have with shooting film along with the images I get back that keeps me committed to film.

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Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard

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On the go? Traveling? Need to make high quality photo prints, greeting cards, and photo gifts in your car? Mobile Photo Printing has finally come of age with the new “Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard” from Kodak Alaris.

The Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard can be easily installed in any late model car or truck equipped with a dashboard and an Internet Connection*. Optional “hands-free” voice control and an extra-long print delivery chute for your back seat photo enthusiasts are also available. In addition, a range of colors and trims are available to customize your Dashboard Photo Kiosk to match your car’s décor or to express your own unique style.

The many uses for the new Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard are only limited by your imagination and the amount of print media you have packed in your trunk.

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  • Amuse the children on those long car trips by printing out photos of them arguing, fighting, and making faces at each other.
  • Tend to get lost and don’t like disembodied robotic voices telling you what to do? Take a picture at every intersection on the way to your destination, print them all out, and use them to find your way home.

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  • Never lose your car in a parking lot again. Print out a picture of your car to document where it is parked and place the print in your pocket or purse. Problem solved!

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  • For you new Parents and Grandparents never be without a true to life “Baby on Board” sign with a photo of your actual baby that will create an emotional connection to really encourage responsible driving.

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  • Need to send another driver a subtle suggestion on how they can improve their driving skills and like to keep both hands on the wheel? Take a photo of your most helpful hand gesture, print it out, and keep it handy.

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  • Feeling guilty about damaging someone’s parked car? Simply take a picture of an undamaged area of the car, print it out, and tape it over the damaged area. Good as new!

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  • Make your own custom photo bumper stickers that will put those weird stick figure family decals and 3 letter oval stickers that no one understands to shame.
  • In a hurry? Want to use HOV lane and don’t have any friends? Print out a passenger** with our new poster printer upgrade or send the photo print order to one of our retail partners and pick it up at the drive thru.

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  • Driving home and forgot your significant other’s Birthday, Anniversary, and Valentine’s Day? Simply take and print your best “Duckface Selfie” and add a written comment that conveys your true feelings and commitment to the relationship. This personal keepsake will be cherished remembered for years and it only took minutes to make.
  • Save money on stamps. Print your postcards in intended recipient’s driveway and deliver them yourself.

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  • Print apology cards with a “sorry I parked so badly” message and your most sincere “Regret Selfie” to put on someone’s car that you totally blocked in an over filled parking lot.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have not yet specified a “prints per mile” standard for this device…

…and please be safe, don’t print and drive!

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**        Not recommended for use in states and jurisdictions with “High Vehicle Occupancy” lanes.

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Not Fashion Forward from Guest Blogger – Kosuke Okahara

Kosuke Okahara is a celebrated documentary photographer best known for his in-depth work on Colombia and Fukushima, Japan. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including the 2010 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, PDN’s annual 30 Photographers, and the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award. His photography has been exhibited at museums, galleries and international photo festivals around the world.

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Last February, I received an assignment for a kind of job I had never done before. It was from a fashion brand called Comme des Garçons. I haven’t done fashion work so I read the email again. It wasn’t a mistake; Comme des Garçons was asking me to shoot their Paris Fashion week show. They asked me to shoot as I always shoot because the designer, Ms. Rei Kawakubo, wanted to document the day of their collection from the beginning to the end.

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It was surprising that a big fashion brand asked me to shoot. I was curious so I said yes. When I asked them how they found me, they said they were looking for a documentary photographer for their show and eventually for a direct mail campaign. Comme des Garçons’s direct mail is widely known for its artistic concepts. They had seen my images and liked what they saw. This was a completely new experience as a photographer and I was excited to give it a try.

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Comme des Garçons’s asked me to shoot as I always shoot. So I ran out to get enough Tri-X for the day. My guess was that it would be quite dark but I could push the film.

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The directions I had from Ms. Rei Kawakubo were quite simple. She wanted to express intensity but she didn’t want ordinary fashion pictures. Some people would expect backstage access when shooting a fashion show. But another condition from the designer was “absolutely no backstage”. She didn’t want any disruptions with the models. So for me, that wasn’t much of option. It was challenging in a way, but sometimes limitations allow you to push yourself further and to be more instinctive.

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As a first timer going inside a fashion show, I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived I found a large runway that took up most of the space. This was where most of the action would take place. As a documentary photographer, though, I began to see possibilities beyond the runway. I loaded my camera and started shooting.

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Once the show started, it was impossible to move – there was a huge crowd and the place was packed. So I focused on everything else; the people coming and going, team members setting up, and the environment itself.

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When I shoot, I believe that anything and everything can be a part of the story. Of course sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, I just keep shooting. That is the most important thing for me when I do stories. It may sound basic but focusing all the time is both difficult and exhausting.

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One of the greatest things of this assignment was that they allowed me to take my time in the darkroom. As they said they wanted me to do it my way, I printed all the pictures on fiber-based papers. I developed the many rolls of Tri-X according to my development recipe, then spent 10 days in the darkroom to print the images. These days in the world of photography, things move very fast but sometimes it is good to take time. Shooting film makes me think more. It forces me to look at images over and over while making contact sheets, choosing images, and then printing images. It gives me more time to understand the pictures during the process. I am not sure if this kind of assignment will happen to me again but it was quite interesting for not a fashion photographer.

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Make your spring break last longer – with photo books!

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(Outer Banks)

I don’t know how your winter went but here in Rochester, NY, February was the coldest month in history. We started hanging photos of warm travel destinations in our office to help get us through.

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(Sanibel Island)

I printed out quite a few photos of my favorite beach destinations.

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(Oahu, Hawaii)

Each one brought back warm memories.

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(La Jolla)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a spring break planned this year but looking at these photos have been a nice pick-me-up.

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Photo books are a great way to relive a vacation or spring break trip. If you want that happy vacation feeling to last a little longer, flipping through a photo book of the best moments can help.

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And now Kodak Picture Kiosk has new photo book background designs available – just in time for those spring break photo books.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started!

Start your travel adventure with a passport photo at CVS

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Travel is exciting. Traveling outside of the country is extra exciting. Last year I had the opportunity to visit South Korea.

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The year before that I was able to go to Switzerland.

There is a lot to prepare for when you are traveling abroad. Way before you start to pack your bags, you need to get a passport or check to make sure your existing one is current.

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Did you know Kodak Alaris and CVS can help you check “passport” off your travel checklist? You can have your passport photos taken and printed while you wait at your local CVS. Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk at a nearby CVS. Then you can get on with the business of planning a trip of a lifetime!

Social Media – You need to go fish where the fish are.

Wednesday Works post from guest blogger and professional photographer, Kenny Kim.

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Kenny Kim has always been fascinated by the visual arts, especially the connection between art and photography. This passion led him to study graphic design at the University of Illinois where he also became a Web designer.  But he eventually realized that the greatest outlet for his artistic expression and technical skills would be through his passion for photography.

With the launch of Kenny Kim Photography in 2006, his vision instantly resonated with his audience, and Kenny Kim Photography very quickly grew into a nationally recognized studio. Kenny has captured over 150+ weddings in locations throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and in Italy.

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I recently got back from a trip to The Big Apple. While wandering through the familiar streets of New York City, riding through their elaborate subway trains and walking through the familiar halls of airports, I couldn’t help but to notice something that all these difference places had in common: Almost everyone was looking down at their smart phones! Without glancing at their screens, I could probably guess that the majority of them were either on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and/or another form of a social media application. It was a good reminder to me that we are now living in the social media era. Use of mobile technology has transitioned from an option to a necessity. It has become the main channel for communication, news, advertising and even building relationships.

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When I got into the wedding photography industry nine years ago, social media was just starting to scratch its surface. I recall talking to many of my colleagues who were on the fence about joining the social media bandwagon at that time. Even just a few years ago, during my classes and workshops, I informed everyone about how having social media was a nice addition to incorporate into your business. Times have now changed and my message has evolved. It is now ESSENTIAL to integrate social media into your business.

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As a destination-wedding photographer, social media has played an integral part of my business in helping me get the ideal clients. Aside from traditional referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations, it is now the biggest form of marketing for my studio. The best way to define marketing is that you need to go fish where the fish are. Most of the brides are using their smart phones to plan their weddings. They spend time looking at Pinterest and wedding style blogs for inspirations/ideas. They are viewing and sharing photos on Facebook and Instagram. Social media is now the ocean where your clients are swimming in. This is where you want to go fishing.

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Kodak Alaris has always been the leader in the photography industry. They also recognize the importance of social media as one of the essential steps in sharing and preserving the images we capture for our clients. I am thankful that they have given me the platform to share this message at WPPI Conference in Las Vegas next week. Please join me on March 1st for my Master Class about Destination Weddings. Then on March 2 & 3rd , I will be at the Kodak Alaris booth from 11am to 12pm, where I will dive more in depth about this topic and share some practical social media tips with everyone. Can’t wait to see you there!

Are you on social media? Let’s connect!

Facebook: @kennykimphotography / Twitter: @kennykim / Instagram: @kenny_kim