If you’ve been following me here on my blog or on Facebook, you know about my obsession with film. It was probably about two years ago now that I told my photographer friends, “that’s it! I’m going back to film!”, and they looked at me like I had two heads (some of them had never even shot film before). Firstly, I said it because I’ve always tried to make my images look like film – I’ve never used Photoshop overlays to add texture to my images, never been a fan of selective colored images or wonky colored photos, and always have just made subtle changes to my images adding a bit of contrast and fixing color. But they never really look like film…because there’s just something about film that can’t be duplicated.
When I got into photography as a business, it was back in the film days. Digital was just coming about, but it was too expensive and the popularity had not yet spread. But it wasn’t long until digital/Photoshop was all the rage, the prices dropped, and I was on board.
Since then, I’ve spent an endless number of hours in front of the computer “processing” the pictures I’ve shot. Most people don’t realize that digital images, just like film, needs to be processed. Instead of sending the film off to the lab, the images are uploaded to the computer, saved in various locations, culled, processed using Lightroom and Photoshop, then saved again, backed up and exported for the web, uploaded by ftp onto a gallery, and put on FB for all to see… All in all, it takes A LOT more time to process the digital files than it does to develop film.
And maybe that too is the reason I love film so much!
Right before Valentine’s Day, I did a business shoot for Courtney’s Floral Creations. Read about that here. Alongside using my Nikon D700 digital camera, I shot using my Contax 645 with a roll each of Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 800.
The rolls of film were sent off to Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA. They are scanned and color corrected by the professionals at the lab and sent back to me via .ftp. Sometimes there are minor adjustments to be made, but for the most part, these are straight from the camera (and from RPL).
I don’t know what it is about these images that I like more than the ones that I shot with the digital camera… To me they are more raw, more natural, more real, more beautiful and soft. This is more like what I see with my own eyes in real life… and you will definitely see me shooting more film in 2012!