Yes, that is the title of a well known book. But its true. Many of the top wedding photographers exclusively shoot film. And do it well. And there truly is nothing like film. You can try hard to replicate digital to look like film but in the end, it will never be as dynamic. I’ve had several film cameras in my possession for a long time. Years ago I discovered the fun of medium format and the toy cameras, such as the Holga. I love my Holga. My father also picked me up an old German medium format camera from the 50′s. He had also given me his old Yashica range finder, but I have never been able to get it to work. So I just dreamed.
Last week, we sat outside eating our breakfast at our favorite bagel place and right across the street is a little camera store. So as an early Mother’s Day gift, we walked over and picked me up a Canon EOS Elan 7E film camera. The beauty of this camera is that all my Canon lenses will work on it! I tested it out at that evening’s photo shoot (didn’t really get anything very good but I literally had just bought the camera that morning!!!)
The next evening, I spent some time with a photografriend and her beautiful daughters. I tried it out again and I was so happy when I got the film developed and saw an amazing picture of Zoe and one I loved of my friend’s daughter. I plan on using the camera a LOT more often and I hope to become much better at getting an entire roll of good shots (practice makes perfect, right???) One of the things I love most about film is there is minimal to no post-processing for me to do. That gets handled by the film lab and I can just pop in a disc and be done. So awesome.
I hope to incorporate some more film into my photo shoots going forward. Stay tuned!