Why Film? (Part 1)

Why do I shoot on film?

That’s a good question, and I get asked that a lot. Sometimes in conjunction with “do they still make film?” Yes of course they still make film: Kodak, Fuji, Ilford and several smaller companies still make film. In fact, film sales have increased in the past few years. Digital cameras are here to stay, but film isn’t dead…it is very much alive, and is often a better choice than digital for some things.

So what’s in it for you? Why would you want your wedding shot on film anyway?

Film has a certain look to it. I personally think the look is magical. There is something timeless about it: sharp, yet soft at the same time. If you compare my images to those taken on a digital camera, they seem warmer and more inviting. Digital cameras make you look cold and hard. That’s fine if that is the look you’re going for, but for wedding and portrait photography, I am definitely NOT looking for a cold, hard look!

I feel that the benefits of film are so great, that it’s worth the extra effort and skill to use it. Your images will just feel right. And you’ll look so much better, “right out of the camera”! It’s pretty amazing actually how good the images look, without the need for retouching. I do so much less retouching with images shot on film.

I could bore you with details about why this is true, go on and on about better dynamic range, the different between film grain and digital noise, the benefits of a professional lab adjusting everything. But you don’t really want to hear that. Just look at my work and I think you’ll see difference.

And don’t forget, your friends will all be jealous when you tell them your wedding photographer shoots entirely on film. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Why Film? (Part 1)

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about using Film, in this Digital age everyone with a Smartphone and a Instagram account claims to be a Photographer. Pretty sure none of them ever been is a Darkroom 🙂

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