In the past couple of years, I have written a few blog posts here and there about film – but I want to dive in a little bit more and share more for those of you who are curious or want to learn more about film! :) I hope that this series of blog posts can be helpful to those of you exploring and learning more about film!

The first question I think I should answer is why shoot film? What are the advantages? Disadvantages? What makes film so special?

There are SO MANY reasons to love film – but here are just a few below:

1. Color

The colors in film are unbeatable! No matter how much time you spend in front of the computer trying to get your digital images to look like your film ones, they will never be exactly the same. Film has so much more of a dynamic range then digital does! I never seen colors look as glorious as they do then when I am shooting film! :)

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2. Exposure and Highlights

Oftentimes with digital is very easy to blow out the highlights. If you try to expose for your client’s face, you may lose the details in other parts of the image. However, with film it is so much easier to capture the perfect exposure in every part of the image! No more blown out highlights or underexposed shadows! View More: http://jessicamaephoto.pass.us/lee-and-brook

3. Feel

Film has a “soul” that digital doesn’t and never will have. There is just something tangible and romantic about film that you can’t get with digital. I love how it feels to shoot film! Film is softer and has a more romantic feel to it. That is totally my style! When I shot digital, I could never get my images as soft as I wanted them to be, but when I started shooting film, I found what I was looking for!

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4. Quality

I have heard from several people that they don’t think that the quality of film is as good as digital. Quite the contrary! While the resolution of your jpegs will depend on what size you scan in your negative to the computer – the possibility is there for you to have a 200mp image if you want! If you look at the size of a sensor on a digital camera vs. the size of a negative of medium format film – the difference is huge! Also, I think in terms of preservation, films wins again. How many times have you seen a story in the news about rolls of film that were discovered and date back a 100 years? And they were still good! Film has been around for over 150 years – and we STILL use it. That says something!

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5. Time

First, I don’t spend nearly as much time in front of the computer when I shoot film. You don’t have to edit film images! With digital, you have to spend time manipulating every single one – but not with film! I can do other things instead of hunched over the computer all day. (I didn’t edit the picture below at all!!!)

Also, when I shoot film – it changes the flow of my sessions. It forces me to slow down and get every shot perfect because I pay for each shot with film. Shooting digital is practically free, but film costs about $4 a shot! That is going to make me be very careful! Instead of getting a ton of pretty good images – now I am getting a more selective few, but incredible images. It also allows me to interact with my clients more because I am spending more time getting the perfect image (and helping coach them into the perfect pose or location) vs. just clicking away and not interacting with them as much!

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And let’s just take a second to talk about how AMAZING black and white film is!!!!!! ah! Look at this! That grainy, moodiness! So so romantic! Again – straight scan from the lab – no editing! :) 

 

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What are some specific topics that you would like to read or learn about next? Comment below and let me know! :)

  • Julie Smith

    I’d like to hear more about how you choose different types of film! Is it based on location? Lighting? Thanks so much for this blog post!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kendrie

    I guess my question would be what’s your workflow like? Where do you send your film? How do you get your images scanned? All of that kind stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    What kind of film do you use? Also what camera?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Anderson

    These are amazing photographs! Thank you for teaching me about film vs digital.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Miles

    Awesome post! Can’t wait to read more for this series! What stock were you using for that black and white? LOVE the contrast and grain!!ReplyCancel

My husband and I got married in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2011 and have lived here ever since. Its been a great town, but we have been looking for the next opportunity. So…. today I am SO excited to announce that that is now changing – and we are MOVING to Fairfield, Connecticut!!!

Fairfield is a lovely town – and about 45 miles outside NYC. I am so excited to continue to pursue my business in such a gorgeous setting! Talk about Fall leaves, right?

If anyone has any tips about moving, Connecticut, New York City, New England or anything like that – I would love to hear them!

Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continuing love and support! I love this job because I love all of you! So thank you! And don’t worry – I still love traveling and will still be MORE than happy to document your wedding day – no matter where it is! :)

We are going to be moving the first week of August – and until that time I am going to be offering mini-sessions! So if you have ever wanted to do a session with me – this is your chance! I will be offering all portraits (family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, just because) – so if you are interested, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Mini-sessions will be 30 minutes and cost $250 – and I will offer them between now and July 29th. If you want more info or want to schedule a session – don’t hesitate to contact me today!