On Shooting Film

Why We Shoot Film
Film is magic, and while it is indeed an expensive medium to shoot, the trade-off for me is well worth the price. The images I get back from our lab boast a color, tangible softness, exposure latitude and subtle grain that I just could never duplicate in digital (well, not without sitting behind a computer for hours on end). My blacks retain detail in low light, my whites retain detail in highlights, this is important, certainly for wedding photography, which is often outdoor and nearly always features a glowing white dress!

But Isn’t Film More Expensive?
While developing film at my professional lab is much more costly than downloading a card of digital images, I happily trade that time I would have spent manipulating digital images to be out shooting, or with my family. Reducing the time needed to edit images offsets the cost of purchasing film and sending to the lab.

Do I still get Digital Negatives?
Indeed, our lab scans your images and not only do we have analog backup of your images in the form of negatives, but we also have high resolution scanned jpeg images. We can also digitally manipulate images to correct for density, color and blemishes or other retouching necessary. The truth is though, with film, there is just a lot less of this type of work required.

I’m a photographer interested in learning more about film, where should I start?
There are a ton of great resources out there, but I highly recommend Jonathan Canlas’ Film is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film. Jon is not only a great personal friend, but an amazing teacher. This 96 page book is a great intro to getting started in film, discussing a range of camera’s, film stocks, developing options and overall tips to get started shooting film immediately. Click here to read more about the book and to order. As I benefited greatly from all the information contained in this guide, I would be recommending the FIND Guide anyway, but because Jon is a cool dude, he has has arranged that I get a few bucks each time you buy a guide. 100% of the proceeds I receive from your purchase of this book will go to Charity Water.

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