When I first started my photography project, I spent many early morning looking through photography blogs and websites for inspiration and ideas. Somehow, my attention focused to these authentic photographs with minty greens, perfect skin tones and beautiful highlights, that I kept seeing eveyrwhere.They were all shot on film. I knew I had to try it. I was finally able to find a great deal on a film camera that I liked a few months ago. This week I got scans from my very first roll of film. I am blown away!
It's not easy to shoot on film, focus is often missed (due to inexperience in shooting film), I didn't get right exposure most of the time, but I fell in love, deeply.
Shooting film teaches me to be patient and purposeful. I am normally all about paparazzi style photography: I keep shooting until I get the right moment. In film, I only had 36 shots per roll. I couldn't just keep pressing the shutter button, knowing that I might get the shot I want. While shooting my kids, I had to stop and patiently wait for the right moment. Of course, I tried to mostly practice on still objects (film is not cheap!).
There is just something about film, that you cannot not love. The grain in images, the unmatchable colors, even loading camera with a film roll.
One of the most amazing practical features of shooting film is that it's very forgiving to blown out highlights. If I shot the image above on a digital camera, highlights on my daughter's hands would have been completely blown out. It's a lot easier to save them in film.
Here's to a new adventure of shooting film! I can't wait to share more photos with you!
All images were shot on Canon 1V, film stock Portra 400.