Shooting on film is exciting. It’s challenging, but 100% worth it because you sometimes never know what you’re going to capture. I’ve been photographing moments and documenting my life for about 12 years now. Which is crazy to think that it’s been that long. I grew up around film because my dad was a photographer as a child. He was always taking photos and I just thought it was a normal thing. Now I’m happy that I grew up around that because it’s honestly brought me to why I love photography so much today.
There’s something so beautiful about film. You can shoot on a digital camera or your phone, but you can instantly see the image you’re taking. I’ve been shooting on a digital camera ever since I started. But, when you’re shooting on film you’re limited to your shots, and you have to actually take the time to set up an image. Before, I would shoot 10 ore more images just to get one good photo. But with film, you only have one or two chances to get it right. Which is why I love it. It’s more thoughtful, which makes it more beautiful. Film also has such a distinctive look and color tone that you just can’t get with a modern day digital camera. You can edit it to make it look like film, but it’s still not the same.
My dad photographed our life on a Canon EOS Elan II, which is a 35mm that has auto exposure and auto focus settings. I found it in storage the other month and just got the urge to start shooting with it to try something new. And I LOVE it and I’m so happy with the way the images have turned out. Even though this camera has the option to have auto everything, I like to shoot all the exposure on manual. In general with my 5D Mark IV, I shoot all my lighting and exposure on manual. But with this specific film camera I like to learn the numbers and challenge myself since I can’t see the image I’m photographing. This camera is super, super easy to use for a film camera. But, it still gives the amazing colors and look of film which is what I love most. The other thing I LOVE most about this camera is that my L series lenses fit on the body. So I can shoot with my 50mm f1.2 lens and my 24-70 f2.8 lens. Honestly, I think that’s what makes it even more exciting because the quality of the images are so sharp.
For these photos I’m using the Kodak Gold 200 film, with either my 50mm f1.2 lens or my 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
I recently shot another roll and I can’t wait to see how the images turn out! I’m definitely going to start shooting a lot more in film.