The Value in Film

Most photographers in this day and age shoot on digital cameras. They have the option to make changes, adjustments, see real time results of their creative choices. They would also have virtually no lag time between the time of the shoot and the post edit process.

It’s a no brainer if you’re the instant-gratification type. And honestly, with editing nowadays, it’s becoming so sophisticated to be able to edit with a film vibe that most photographers that like the film look opt for digital shooting and the post-edit process.

Here’s why you should go the traditional route to shoot with a photographer that works on film in addition to your digital shots.

The quality of the film is just different. Depending on the film stock you’re shooting on, you have the option to choose how the colors will play off of one another. I have a personal favorite, which is Kodak’s Portra 400. This film is great for kinda-sunny conditions, and leaves the images with a lower contrast, creamy vintage vibe. If you know my editing style at all, you’ll know this is spot on.

On the contrary, I also love shooting Kodak's tx 400 black and white when I’m looking for a monochrome film stock. Generally when I shoot in black and white, I love pushing the boundaries of focus a little further than what I would on Portra 400. You can get away with a little more focus play without the added complexity of color when you shoot in black and white.

While beautiful, film is not cheap, and this can be a reason that photographers stay on the straight and narrow of the digital realm.

I love catching the in-between moments, where you might not be posed as perfect as can be, or maybe something catches your attention at the last moment- it brings authenticity back to the moment that is sometimes lost in stiff poses and perfect images. It also brings a calmness back to the frame, depending on what you’re shooting. It also makes it even more special when you notice you caught that perfect shot when you receive your scans back.