In a world dominated by the newest digital technology, the allure of film photography remains captivating, especially when it comes to immortalizing the beauty and emotions of weddings. Film has a nostalgic and romantic look, one which digital cameras can’t quite replicate. This blog post will delve into the enchanting journey of being a Virginia film wedding photographer, exploring the distinct advantages and artistic joys it offers.
Film photography was first invented in 1885 (hello history lesson!) by George Eastman. His first camera was called the “Kodak”. Since then, film has improved leaps and bounds. Today, it has re-gained increasing popularity, as photographers seek to slow down and learn the craft of film photograph.
Once a roll of film is used, it then needs to be processed. I send my professional wedding film to a company that is capable of processing the rolls correctly (rather than using a consumer film service like CVS or Target). I mail my film rolls to photovision prints.
Unlike digital cameras or iPhones, there is no immediate preview of the shot you just took on a film camera. This adds an element of surprise and anticipation to the use of film.
Once the film is processed, it is made into a digital scan and delivered to my email. Receiving film scans back is like Christmas morning, truly! See a Virginia wedding reception that was photographed on film.
Film’s romantic and nostalgic look lends well to luxury wedding photography. It has a timelessness that will be enjoyed for years to come and, in my opinion, never go out of style. Trends come and go but the film look is here to stay, as evidenced by it’s on-going popularity. Film creates a look that is imperfect and unique- something that the modern mechanics of digital cameras can’t fully replicate. Film captures softness, delicate tones, and a dreamlike quality that elevates wedding photographs into works of art.
I use a vintage Pentax 645N for wedding photography work, which is a medium format camera that takes 120mm film. My favorite film stock is Fuji 400h, which has a bright, pastel look. All of the images you see here were taken with Fuji 400h film.
Film requires a knowledge of how to use light, camera settings and proper exposure to create beautiful imagery. The best way to become a pro at film photography? Lots and lots of practice!
Compared to a digital camera, which can take virtually unlimited photos, film forces the user to slow down and make every image count. Each roll of medium format film allows for 16 images to be taken (and 35mm allowing for 30+ images). I match my digital work as closely as I can to film with presets and editing.
Both! On a wedding day, I use both my digital and film cameras. While my main focus is capturing the day with my digital camera, I love to use a few rolls of film as well. When photographing with film, you must slow down and make every image count. The use of film calls for a heightened sense of observation and a keen eye for detail, resulting in dreamy and romantic wedding images.
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Film processed by Photo Vision Prints
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