Why I shoot on film

April 29, 2020

 

 

So why do I take portrait photographs on film in a digital era ?

 

UK Surrey Kodak TMax 400 120UK Surrey Kodak TMax 400 120Analogue Portrait Photography

Bronica SQai medium format 6x6 Kodak TMax 400

 

There is definitely a sense of mysterious achievement as well as a certain mood reflected when looking at a print or a photograph captured on film stock with a large, medium format or 35mm cameras (the latter better known as a full frame camera in the digital world).

Film photography has made a virtual come back (#filmisnotdead) and has now become the trend amongst some well known and many other photographers. Like vinyl records and turntables from a time that seems far away, yet very much in the present since it is also the trend to listen to a cracking sound like it is to look at negatives and transparencies.

Personally I just love the colours depending on the film stock, as well as the grain and rich blacks from a black and white film as opposed to digital noise when you push the ISO of a digital camera (which I really dislike), these are the perfect criterias to create a great portrait in an old fashion way.

It is also the roots of photography when it comes to expose the film according to the feared triangle of ISO/Aperture f/n/Shutter Speed. You are basically in charge of your camera instead of the sophisticated camera light meter telling you the exposure, though you might think that I am looking for troubles here, especially on a shoot with a client but I make it work, it suits me and they love the results.

 

UK Surrey Kodak Portra 160 120UK Surrey Kodak Portra 160 120Analogue Portrait Photography  
Bronica SQai medium format 6x6 on Kodak Portra 160

 

Be sure to visit my page "Portrait on Film" for more of my portrait photographs on film and share if you enjoy the page.

I will be back very soon for another article about "behind the scenes" where you'll see me at work, so stay tuned !

Thank you for reading !

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Au revoir et a bientôt

 

 


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