Chris and I are oftened asked about film and our experience with it. So I decided I’d blog lol. Chris and I both began shooting film camera’s early in our lives. My father had a darkroom at his printing company, and I had spent a good part of my childhood with my dad watching the magic appear under the red lights. Beginning with a Minolta 35mm camera from my early childhood my passion for photography grew from those modest beginnings. I think I was 8 yrs old when I captured these first photos… to this day, I still have this camera of which my mother gave my father the year I was born 1972. And it still works FABULOUS! Apparently I was in love with the idea of love even back then.
Curiosity brought Chris to the little enlarger and porcelain trays his dad had stored in the basement.I think Chris still rocks those head bands from time to time LOL JUST KIDDING!Film requires a very high level of technique to produce great results. Working with film made us both excellent technicians with our tools. Reliable, high quality results became predictable. Over time we each discovered the look, and feel of different types of film, an aesthetic began to emerge. I loved color, and black & white prints. Chris loved the dynamic range of transparency film, and the zone system on black & white with his large format camera. His favorite color films were Kodachrome, and Velvia. As each of our eyes evolved the films we chose became integral to our interpretations of the scene, and the photograph we were creating.
When the paradigm shift from film to digital began we were both early adapters to the new technology. The new DSLR’s with auto-focus, high ISO, and high resolution sensors allow us to create images never possible with film cameras. That does not mean we do not shoot film. There are many situations where film is the right choice. Over the years we have collected medium format film cameras because we feel the results match the look we are trying to achieve. So some might wonder why we cannot create that effect in the digital darkroom? There are many possibilities for editing an image in the digital darkroom. Each and everyone of them struggles to approach what a film camera already does. So when the session calls for a vintage look, and style looks best looking through an old twin lens reflex…. such as this…We are prepared to deliver the best results. But if photo journalist, candid portraits of your guests are important we have the best digital cameras for that too.
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