Why Film + How to Confidently Shoot Your First Roll

At Nancy Ray Photography, we believe that film photography has an aesthetic that cannot be replicated with a digital camera, no matter how hard you try! At first glance, you might not notice a huge difference between the two. However, once you familiarize yourself with the distinct look of film, you will notice that the colors are more true to real life. Film photographs are vibrant with beautiful color tones. Film makes skin look creamy and dreamy, it picks up nuances of light that digital does not, it has a timeless look that is classic, unchanged by photography fads or editing styles. Technically speaking, digital photography captures pixels that can be edited to resemble real life, and film captures different gradients and dynamics of light and color as they are in real life.

Photographers… do you want to learn to shoot in film? KEEP SCROLLING! There is more for you at the bottom of this post!

Often times couples aren’t willing to consider film photography because yes, it is more expensive. There are more costs to the photographer when shooting film: the cost of film, the cost of developing and processing by a film lab, the cost of carefully shipping the film back and forth to the lab, and the equipment is more expensive as well. But when considering your wedding photographs, when considering your legacy, when considering the one thing that will hang on the walls of your home live long after your wedding celebration, why not choose the vibrant and timeless look that only film can offer? The main reason we choose film is that we believe in capturing and preserving beautiful legacies. We think in terms of forever. As photographers, we want to capture and deliver a beautiful product that is timeless. That is why we believe film is the best option for your wedding day!

Take a minute to really look at these images, comparing Film to Digital. (Film is on the left, Digital on the right.) The Film images are rich in color, and they “pop” without any effort. When these film images are delivered to us from the lab, we barely have to edit them… most of the time we don’t even touch them. The Digital images have been manually enhanced and edited to look as close to film as possible without any presets, and you can see they still aren’t quite as rich as the film images in texture and vibrancy. The digital seems to fall a little flat. This is WHY we adore film, and why we believe it’s worth it for your legacy.

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FILM is on the LEFT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • DIGITAL is on the RIGHT

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FILM is on the LEFT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • DIGITAL is on the RIGHT

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FILM is on the LEFT • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • DIGITAL is on the RIGHT

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PHOTOGRAPHERS! Do you want to learn how to shoot in film? Like anything else, it takes a new skill set and lots of practice. I thought it was nearly impossible to shoot my first roll of film, and I paid for a private mentor session with a film shooter to learn how! I want to make it MUCH easier for you.

If you want a STEP BY STEP guide to shooting your first roll of film, simply fill in your info below! You’ll receive A FREE PDF describing how to shoot your first roll of film on a Contax 645 in detail!

1. How to roll film
2. How to meter for your shot
3. How to Shoot
4. How to Unload the Film
5. Sending your Film to a lab

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