We like to think of film photography as “old,” but this can actually be a real positive. Digital cameras have gotten so good, but they’ve only been around for about 20 years. Film photography has been around since the 1800s, and nothing can come close to capturing light in the same magical way.
- Standout from the Crowd – Film images are timeless and authentic, the colors are soft, but also vibrant. Film makes skin tones look smooth and velvety (hello original Photoshopping!). There is a richness, a soul, if you will that can’t be replicated digitally. Once you train your eyes to see the difference, there’s no going back. More and more people are coming to the same realization, and while an instagram filter tries hard, there is no substitute for film as a way to create timeless images.
- Fashion Houses & Magazines are Using Film Again – Like many things in fashion, what is old is now new again, as we’re seeing a resurgence in film from many fashion houses and magazines. In the early 2000s digital came into vogue and after a few years many fashion companies and photographers started moving toward this new technology. Now, years later many of those same companies (like Calvin Klein’s 2016 Upskirt image of actress Klara Kristin) and even magazines are regularly returning to film. This switch back is similar to the idea of vinyl records coming back (have you seen them at Target?!). I believe people are missing the warmth of something real, as opposed to numbers in an algorithm.
Create Images with Depth and Movement – Film images have a warmth and depth to them. They capture movement in a way that looks different and almost nostalgic when compared to digital. Imagine the fashion images by Richard Avedon, he often used movement in his images. At times they were sharp and crisp and other times they were a little soft from motion blur, while in a digital image it seems like an error, sometimes in film it gives an image an old-school, nostalgic feeling. Interested in using more movement in your images? Click here to read a post about it.
Turn your Images into Classics – Are you inspired by the classic images of photographers like Irving Penn or Annie Leibovitz? Do you have a big idea for a photoshoot in a similar vein? Film photography may be a great way to add character and soul to your shoot, and an easy way to try it out and see if you love the look of film photography.
Film photography can be a great way to get creative juices flowing and to start seeing your images in a new light. I hope these reasons will get you excited to try film out in an upcoming shoot. Personally, I love it when a client is excited and interested in using film in their shoots. Film photography is something I’m passionate about and love that it’s having a resurgence.
Tip: If you decide you’d like to try out a film photography shoot, make sure you hire a photographer who has experience working with film. As the skills one needs for digital photography don’t necessarily translate to a successful film image.
All images above were shot on film using vintage cameras. Makeup by Izzy B Makeup.
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