Each month I participate in a blog circle, Of Light, Love, and Film, with a group of amazing film photographers – with whom, I am honored to share my personal film work. I currently shoot digital professionally and an example of my work can be seen HERE.
I picked up a film camera for the first time less than 6 months ago. The timing could not have been more right. My attempt to cut back on technology in our home – television, video games, computer games, iPhone games, etc. – was ongoing and the nature of film fit right in. With digital, I would take over 100 images of my kids playing outside. Do you know what I wasn’t doing during that time? Playing with them. I was too busy being the mom behind the camera, hitting the shutter release on my camera hundreds of times because… well… I could. When I shoot film, I am more purposeful with my shooting. I think about every aspect of the shot, take the picture (hear that amazing “click” sound that you only get from a film camera), and I am done, free to be back IN the moment instead of on the outskirts documenting it. I believe 110% that shooting in film will make me a better digital photographer for this reason.
This isn’t to say that film is easy. Goodness me… I find it to be the opposite. Every time I shoot, it is an exploration with exposure, light, film stock, shutter speed… things I am comfortable with in digital, leave me confused and frustrated with film. I keep trying though. Keep exploring to see what works and what doesn’t. Here are some of the good… and the not so good… of my explorations.
And there is more… please continue on to Caroline’s neck of the (blog) woods!