Why Shoot Film?

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I have many people ask me why I still like to shoot film. So I thought I would tell why, not just me, but many photographers I know, still shoot film . I am known as a hybrid photographer, because I shoot film, and digital. I find that shooting film slows me down, and it allows me to really be in the moment.

Here are a few examples of why film (to me) is superior to digital. Better Dynamic range. What does this mean? In general, I find film to be much more sensitive and better at handling grain than any digital camera I’ve used.

I love that once I shoot a few rolls of film I really don’t have to sit at a computer and edit. I can spend hours after a wedding just going through the thousands of pictures I take just to narrow it down to 500-600. With film you know you only have 26 frames, so you shoot with a lot more intention.

Have a look at the photo below and you’ll see that, even though there is noise present, it’s a uniform color and appears much smoother than it would shot on digital, zero chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration, also known as “color fringing” or “purple fringing”, is a common optical problem that occurs when a lens is either unable to bring all wavelengths of color to the same focal plane, and/or when wavelengths of color are focused at different positions in the focal plane.

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The colors in the background are softer, and creamier then that in a digital frame. One more fantastic reason to shoot film if you never have, is start with the basics. If you are just learning photography the best way to really understand that brand new digital camera you bought, is to start learning on a old SLR 35mm camera. You can buy used ones on Ebay for really cheap, and once you start seeing those images come back from the lab…well you will understand why I love to shoot film.

I offer this service because there’s not that many film photographers where I live, and I know their is niche clientele that appreciates the fine art look of film, and they want beautiful artistic pictures of their wedding. I find that by offering it as an add on, it gives the couples a choice as to whether or not they want to spend a little extra money for some really heirloom quality images.

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