Did anyones photographers use Film instead of Digital?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Barbiestylez:  I’m pretty sure ours are just doing digital but I definitely came across a few who used both when I was searching for photographers!

I don’t have very thorough knowledge about the technicalities of film and photography so i’m not sure what the pros and cons are of using film vs digital but I guess they both have their positives if professionals use them!

Just out of interest, how are the photos that are being developed being delivered to you? Do you get the negatives so you can make multiple copies if you want to? I guess to me digital seems preferable in that regard in terms of printing/sharing etc. but maybe i’m clueless about how old school film works these days, I haven’t used film since I was a child! haha

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Did they tell you why they shot on old-style film? I’m really curious what the advantages of it are.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Barbiestylez:  I can imagine! I know that wait will kill me, I was SO excited to get our engagement party pics back, i’m going to be a 1000x more impatient for the wedding photos and video!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Barbiestylez:  Ps if you’re willing to share them when you do receive them i’d love to see! I’d be really interested to see how the digital vs film compares and whether you can actually even tell!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mine was exclusively digital. I think some older photographers — who have already invested thousands of dollars into nice cameras — tend to rely on film cameras. There are also just some “old school” types who think the quality of the images is better.

One thing that is true, the photographers have to be more skilled in the mechanics of the camera. They can’t see the shots instantly, so they have to have more knowledge about shutter speed, aperture setting, etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

The fourth link you posted was really interesting, I had no idea that photographers who use film edit the scanned photos. I guess you will get digital shots in the end! (at least according to this article)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Film is great, but you will likely get less shots overall than a standard digital shooter would give you. You also probably won’t get any fast sequences like you can with digital because the film will have to be wound. Film has greater dynamic range, generally speaking, but you also can’t easily change the light sensitivity of the film without changing the roll so significant differences in light between areas can cause issues (multiple cameras with different types of film can help ameliorate this issue, mind you).

The quality and the look can be amazing, though. Especially if they use medium format. Really looking forward to seeing the photos!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

If they are scanning them and editting the photographs on the computer, that will significantly reduce the quality even with the best scanner.  I think film could make some really lovely prints to frame, but I personally would be wary of a wedding photographer that does only film.  As an artists myself, I think some film photographs would be a nice touch, but I would still want some digital as they are more relable, the photographer can make adjustments as they go, and the photographer is more likely to take many more photos and try out different things which can result in some serious awesome and unique photos.  Film is so sensitive and I know people whose film from their wedding got messed up a bit and now have pink pictures or no pictures at all.  It sort of seems like either the photographer isn’t really a wedding photographer (film is great for a serious photographer wanting to take artistic shots), or hasn’t updated his equipment.  I would love to have some film photography, because they have advantages too, I just don’t think going only film for a wedding is very professional/ up to date.   

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I started with film and for sure, medium format film cameras can produce some fabulous shots.

As a press photographer it is pretty much impossible to shoot film. We’ve all been digital for years and I do take issue with the idea that film snappers need to have a greater technical knowledge. Instead, every photographer should have an excellent grasp of the different technical challenges of every camera and every shoot they do. Digital editing is about much more than just uploading a picture to a computer and fiddling with Photoshop!

If it wasn’t so expensive to shoot film I’d get some of my old cameras out and experiment again. Unfortunately, the quality of the finished product is absolutely dependent on working with a good lab since it’s development that makes all the difference. Good labs are scarce and it is a very expensive process. I don’t think it is an outdated concept though. More a rediscovered delight when done well. 

Really looking forwards to seeing your pro pics too!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

My photographer mainly uses digital, but also uses film. There is a gorgeous look to film that digital cannot reproduce. I still get scanned digital files of all film prints though. Here are two examples of film images from her that have the grainy film effect which I think is timeless and gorgeous.

If definitely takes a really talented and technically proficient photog to work in film. The fact she offered it told me alot about her skills.

These are from Watson Studios:

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

during our engagement shoot our photographer shot both digital and film and will do the same on our wedding day. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our photogs do/did a mix. Theyre a husband and wife couple who met in school studying film photography, then started dabbling in digital when it became popular. Now they do both, and it’s all gorgeous, but there’s something about the film photography that is just so…I don’t know. It’s just so perfect. It definitely takes a more trained eye to do film photography, IMO, because you can’t spray and pray as easily/cheaply.

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