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Why shoot film?

When the megapixel count of digital cameras rises every year, why would so many photographers go back to shooting film?

Realistic isn't always better

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Timeless colors

Because every film negative is unique, it makes even the smallest moments feel special.

My digital camera is so powerful that when I zoom in I can see every one of your pores.

Digital cameras are reliable but are they always pretty? No.

Not only does film make skin look luminous and healthy, it has colors that never go out of style.

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A limited number of frames allows me to slow down and focus on lighting and composition,

the core elements of A good photo.

How do you Create a cohesive gallery?

I edit my digital files to match the luminosity and softness of film. That means you'll have a gallery with 10-20% film pictures, but all images are part of a cohesive body of work.

Can you tell which is film and which is digital?

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WHat have you done to master shooting film?

I primarily use film in my personal work.

This has allowed me to determine what cameras are too fragile for wedding days and how to meter light in difficult conditions.

Sometimes we forget that only 20 years ago, photographers had apprentices who trained for years so they could shoot in complex conditions. Today this opportunity isn't always viable, so a new generation of photographers has used YouTube and personal trial and error to master the artform.

As much as I try to match film and digital, sometimes the film images outshine them.

Each film stock's unique quality gives the picture character.

Love the look and want to try it yourself?