Why do I offer film photography in the digital era?
In short, film excites me. Everything from the care and attention involved in loading each film into the camera to developing my own film negatives by hand and then scanning the final images at a high resolution to sent to clients in digital format.
I believe film photography is far more involving. It is not just the point-click-next of digital. Shooting film forces me to slow down and in doing so I start to appreciate my surroundings much more. In the past I may have noticed grass blowing in the wind. Now, whether digital or film, I pause and start to appreciate the textures of the leaves and different shades of greens amongst the grasses.
Why chose film over digital? Colour film captures very natural skin tones that is perfect for model portraits and wedding photography. B&W photography eliminates the distractions of colours and is more about the mood and feel of the image. I love the textures and the fine art, timeless look they have. Medium format film photos, whether colour or B&W, have a 3D effect that can be difficult to replicate with digital. You can almost touch the face or object in the photo. Yes film is more expensive but for me I believe it is worth it.
Benefits of digital? Despite my love for film photography I am aware of the advantages of digital. You can shoot faster, for longer, in less light for less cost. The latest digital cameras such as the Nikon D800 I use now have image sensors to almost match medium format film cameras. 36mp per image lets me capture crisp fine detail with very little light or fuss. There are no pauses to change film or requirement to decide in advance whether to select colour or B&W film. The LCD display instantly shows me the image taken which I can share with my client. For fast action such as a first dance, digital allows me to take a series of shots rather than just one.
What I offer my clients? I like to offer the best of both film photography and digital photography, whether models or wedding couples. My preferred packages include a mix of both film and digital formats. Film for set shots and digital to provide a more fluid journalist style reportage photos capturing action without you realising.
Film I use? > Kodak B&W T-MAX 100 (TMX): World’s finest grained 100-speed B&W film > Kodak B&W T-MAX 400 (TMY): World’s sharpest & finest grained 400-speed B&W film > Kodak Portra 160/ 400/ 800 Colour film: Exceptional skin tones/ Finest grain colour 400-speed film/ Superior underexposure latitude for less-than-perfect conditions