What I’ve Learned From Shooting Film

film photography in Traverse City, Michigan

As a photographer, I feel like I’m constantly driven to grow and explore. Last year, after talking to a handful of film photographers (and after spending months, or maybe years talking about why I would never shoot film), I finally picked up a film camera on eBay to play with. I was hooked from the moment my first roll of Fuji 400H came back.

Shooting film has made such a difference in how I approach shooting in general. Even though film makes up a tiny fraction of the total photos I take, I’ve found that I’m slowing down across the board to make sure that I’m getting my shots right in my camera. I’m more observant of light, framing and other details, and I’m putting more value into every shutter click (something that’s easy to learn quickly when you’re literally spending at least a dollar every time you click the shutter).

If time allows and the lighting is right, you might see me pull out my film camera at my next wedding or session. I’ve found that it works best with lots of light, and I’m especially keen on golden hour film photos.

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