May 15, 2018

Why I Still Shoot Film

For Photographers

It Is A Tried-And-True Method

Film has been used for years, and there’s a reason that many photographers still make use of it. There’s something classic about an art form that was used for so many years, and many people love it over digital for its beauty and look.

It Breaks the Tension

Many subjects that I have photographed love that I shoot film. Some don’t care, but many are curious about the art form and find it endearing. Being limited in what you shoot also opens a whole new dynamic to way the way you photograph subjects. It allows for you to slow down and really think about what you’re shooting.

It Will Never Fail You

In the rare case that something doesn’t turn out on film, it can almost always be pinpointed to a user error. Overexposure, underexposure, all of these things are often a result of the photographer. In the super rare case that equipment fails (often a result of not being serviced), it can be pinpointed often using your lab or through a technician.

It’s Classic

Have you ever dropped a pin onto a record? Put a cassette into a cassette player? Theses are classic examples of a little thing I liked to call “analog love.” Am I nerdy for that? Probably. Anyhow, if you’re like me and get joy from small things like this, then maybe shooting a roll of film would do you very well. But be warned, you might just fall in love with it.

Film Made Digital, Digital Did Not Make Film

You know all of those filters, presets, and settings you configure using apps? Yeah, those are all made from the classic: film. The original Instagram filters even had an option to display film frames, much like a negative. Everything that we do in digital is often a reflection of film. So just remember that when you’re shooting digital and using most* presets, you’re just emulating something that you can actually use to achieve a realer look.

Looking to get into shooting film? I offer one-on-one consultations for those that feel like they need more direction than what the wonderful Internet can provide. Follow the link here to book your consultation.

Photo credit: Hannah Forsberg at The Great Saltair, April 2018