For this week's Q + A, I wanted to touch on why I've started shooting film. Not only is it something a few people have recently asked, but I think it's a really awesome topic. Because film is... AWESOME!
Q: Why do you shoot film and what kind of film do you shoot with?
A: The short answer is because is because I desired to push myself and learn something new. I also happen to edit my digital images to emulate the look of film (Fuji 400h in particular) and thought it was time to start trying my hand at the very thing I love the look of: FILM. Though I'm still somewhat new to shooting film, I'm absolutely falling head over heels in love with it! There's simply just something so special about the way film looks. I currently shoot with a Pentax 645N (medium format film camera) at weddings and I have a fun little vintage Canon AE-1 35mm camera I love to shoot black and white film with. I call it my 'fun camera'.
I'm going to let this image below somewhat speak for itself. The tones on this image are absolutely gorgeous, and all credit is due to the fact that it is film. All the digital images I shoot are actually processed in such a way that they emulate film, which I'm able to achieve thanks to Mastin Labs. While nothing gets me closer to the look of film than using Mastin Labs with my digital images (and allows me to have a cohesive gallery showcasing both digital and film images), it's still just not exactly the same as shooting true film. My personal favorite film is Fuji 400h and it's just beautiful and LOVES the light, which is why my personal style showcases the clean, bright and airy images I love so much. I love that film is timeless and that it has a look that you can feel.
Kirk Mastin has been incredibly instrumental in my journey to find film as a medium to help curate the stories I tell through photography. I've always been so intimidated by the idea of shooting film, but it has been such a fun and exciting way to push and challenge myself to grow in the art of photography! To my surprise, it's actually been so much easier than I anticipated. I love the way that it does cause me to think about things a bit differently and shoot much more carefully. I think I also have had the approach to not take it too seriously and not be afraid to fail at something. I hope I never stop wanting to learn and push myself in this way.
And for fun, here's a few of my favorite images taken with my Canon AE-1 with Tri-X film. The first two while I was hanging out with Ning Wong of Ning Wong Studios for a shoot and the other while out and about in downtown LA. Enjoy!