This is a cute shot from a baptism I documented recently. I’m posting it because a) it’s cute, but b) because it also shows how I deal with low-light situations.
Now you might be thinking to yourself, “hey so what, it’s low light…just crank up the ISO on your digital camera and keep shooting.” Yes but I shoot 100% film!
Now most all-film shooters would be out of luck in a situation like this. A dim church, with stormy skies outside and indoor “tungsten” lighting inside. An all-film shooter would have to shoot this on grainy black and white film. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s nice to have options. Some photographers shoot a mix of digital and film, but I’ve found the two types of images never seem to really blend with each other.
But I have a secret weapon: 35mm movie film! It’s high speed (this was shot at ISO 1000), and tungsten-biased so that indoor lighting looks more natural. So why doesn’t everyone shoot it? Because movie film has a black layer attached to it that’s a pain to remove, and most labs and photographers don’t know what to do.
But I do. 🙂 And the result is that same gorgeous color film look, even in situations that would normally require alternative plans. I can only do this because I’ve tested and re-tested, so I know how to create my “look” no matter what the conditions. I use this film at weddings quite a lot, and here are some more examples:
See my wedding photography here.