Film is Not Dead Workshop * Part 2

{See Part 1 here.}

A week had passed since I lasted posted the first roll of film shots that I taken at Film Is Not Dead Workshop.   Last Friday, I got some prints+scans back from Richard photo Lab and I looooove the result!   I feel really encouraged that these images turned out so nicely despite the fact I didn’t have any experience shooting in film, and that I didn’t have a fancy film camera.

All the images below are shot with Canon A-1 with Fuji Pro 400H.

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I love the look of film.  I love how it doesn’t blow out the highlights and how much details it retains from the image.  I love that I don’t have to do any post-processing to make the images dreamy.

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This workshop had challenged me on so many levels. I signed up for this workshop because shooting with film is something that I have never done before, so I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.  Being a 100% digital shooter, it was sure uncomfortable for me to be shooting film, not knowing if I have gotten ‘the shot’ or not!  But I also learned that while shooting film has it own challenges, it is also easier than shooting with a digital SLR in some other ways.

Aside from all the technical stuff that I’ve learned, I was also challenged to refine my vision for photography.  What exactly is wedding photography to me? What is it that I want to communicate through the images that I capture and create?  One thing I did realize is that in the past 3 years, in my attempt to get better in photography, I often look outward for inspirations.  I look at blogs after blogs and check out what other people are doing.  I let others define what my photography need to be.  With so many amazing photographers out there, sometimes I really wonder if there is a point to MY photography.  At this point of my career, I’m ready to focus inward more and find my own voice.

Daniel and I have shot three weddings since I have attended the workshop.  I realized that the moment I started shooting for myself and trusting my own vision (and trusting that my clients will love my vision), my work was improved and I was a lot less stressed out during the wedding.   I’m not sure if you can tell if there’s any differences in my work from before and after the workshop but I guess it doesn’t really matter.  What matter most is that I feel different.  I feel a new sense of freedom when I shoot and a new sense of connection with the images that I create.

I still have more images to share from this workshop so stay tuned for another post next week!  And of course, I’ll be posting some wedding images sometime this week as well!

August 17, 2010 - 11:09 am

Julie Cruz - Frickin’ AWESOME!!!!!! You ROCK the film!!!!!

August 17, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Tor - how exciting! can’t wait to see more

August 17, 2010 - 9:14 pm

Diane - hi,
love, love, the results!! it makes me miss film. i could really see the difference in the highlights/shadows. just curious, what camera and film speed/brand did you use?
beautiful work!
–diane

August 17, 2010 - 11:01 pm

Calvina - it’s so great cindy! so happy that you love film!! yes, i think all the stuff on the inside makes a world of a difference.

August 17, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Emily Faulknor - Oh Cindy, these are fabulous! Seriously, you are a fabulous photographer with a strong voice. There is a HUGE point to your photography and it just keeps getting better and better. You inspire me all the time! :)

August 18, 2010 - 1:10 am

lynnkaichao - them oldie canons are the best. love my AE-1 but never going back to film again after having to develop all my own stuff.

you got some awesome results! so true when you said “love that I don’t have to do any post-processing to make the images dreamy”

August 18, 2010 - 10:58 am

Cindy – Orange Turtle - Hey everyone, thanks for your comments and encouragement! :) I am seriously hooked – I want to shoot film all the time now! Seriously I just love the look and feel of it. We’ll see how that goes though. If we have left over money for new gear at the end of the year, I definitely want to invest in a better camera & a light meter. :)

August 19, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Freya - Hey Cindy–I somehow found y’all and have been following your blog for a while–I really like your style, both in film & digital. Y’all seem to really bring out (or at least not hinder) the natural “chemistry” between couples, which really comes through in your work and is an excellent attribute to wedding photography. I found this last blog post particularly helpful. I had been mostly looking outward for inspiration as well, but think it would bode well for my style to just use they photographic eye the Lord has given me, ya know?
All that to say, thanks!

August 24, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Harmony Loves - oh my! so breathtaking! I am in love!

September 14, 2010 - 2:51 am

janine kaye - I found Jonathans blog from reading your posts about the workshop and was immediately in awe of his work and vision. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he was coming to australia next year. I signed up straight away. I have always wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone but no experience with film. you inspired me to sign up and I am so excited to play and learn! so thank you!!!! xxxx

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