As a professional photographer of both digital and traditional film photography, I am often asked the same question: “Why do you still shoot film?” It’s a query laced with scepticism, accompanied by doubtful musings such as, “Is film photography even relevant anymore?” and “Isn’t digital photography superior?” But let me assure you, dear reader, that film is alive and kicking.
Both film and digital have their own unique qualities, each essential in its way. As an artist, it’s all about discerning which tool to use for the job and finding a balance between the two. For me, film photography is a timeless art form that captures moments in their raw and unfiltered beauty. It’s a perfect medium for those who seek to express their creativity and emotions through photography.
The look and feel of film are incomparable. It brings an imperfection to the image that cannot be replicated in digital photography. The soft, organic colours and gentle grain of film add an elusive dimension to our artwork that my clients adore. My signature look is achieved through a combination of film and unique gear. The soft organic colours and gentle grain of film truly add a dimension to my artwork that my clients love. Even when I shoot digitally, I try to recreate this look in my editing, but there is nothing quite like the real deal.
For me, artistic photography is about capturing the essence of a moment in a meaningful and beautiful way. My images are not just about what’s in the frame, but the emotions and feelings that are conveyed through the image. Whether it’s a candid moment or a posed portrait, my goal is to create images that are both beautiful and meaningful. I am committed to providing our clients with a unique and beautiful experience, using film photography as my creative tool.
As a photographer who specializes in film photography, I’ve come to appreciate the slow and methodical nature of the medium. Film is particularly well-suited for portraits and formal sessions, as it allows for more intimate moments between couples. Shooting with film encourages us to slow down and be more intentional with each shot. By removing the distractions of fancy camera settings and autofocus modes, I can focus on the moment at hand and capture it in a meaningful way.
At the heart of my approach to photography is a commitment to capturing beautiful and meaningful moments. Whether I am shooting with film or digital, our goal is always the same: to capture the essence of a moment and convey its emotional depth through our images.
Photography requires both technical skill and creative vision. Our cameras are the tools we use to bring our artistic vision to life, like a painter with a brush. Fine art photography requires not just technique, but also a willingness to experiment with different tools and techniques. I love the creative charge that comes with picking up a unique camera in film photography. Each camera has its quirks and limitations and using them forces us to see the world around us in a new and different way. This inspires us to experiment with different compositions, focus techniques, and creative approaches to capturing our subjects.
Of course, I still appreciate the convenience and flexibility of digital photography, and I use it when the situation calls for it. But film photography will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s an essential part of our workflow and creative process, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of creating a beautifully crafted piece of fine art that will inspire future generations. So, to answer the question, “Why do you still shoot film?” The answer is simple: because it’s an integral part of our creative process and our commitment to producing timeless and meaningful images.