Ha gottcha! If you were thinking this was going to be another debate over which is better, film or digital, it’s not. The title should really read “Digital & Film” but like any good fisherman you pick the lure that will provide the most hook-ups.
Fishing analogies aside and in keeping with the name of this blog, this post has both film and digital photos being represented in it. I’m finding that in the world of portraiture both formats can actually live quite well together. I’m not talking about making one format look like the other format but rather using the unique traits of each to provide the client with more variety.
One of the things that I have been offering my clients during their portrait sessions is to allow me to shoot a roll of medium format film along with the digital photos. Film has become a novelty with consumers and in general they think the offer is really cool. Also, by only shooting one roll it doesn’t add much to the session time. It does however, give them a totally different look than what I give them digitally.
You see, I use off camera lighting in almost all of my digital portraiture. With digital cameras letting anyone and everyone take great pictures, we as professionals have to provide photographs that the average person can’t do. Bring in the lights! The average person hates flash, can’t stand it. But if you know how to use it, your photos will be totally unique to theirs. Flash is a mystery that the average consumer just isn’t willing to solve which makes it our ace in the hand. So I use off camera lighting big time! Sometimes it’s barely noticeable and sometimes it’s the main light source. It all depends on the look and mood I want to achieve.
With film I do the opposite and shoot all natural light. Do you remember all of those underexposed and awful colored photos from your insty cameras? That is where digital became the savior to the average consumer and they ran to it in droves. Film became that other mystery that the consumer didn’t want to solve. However if you do your homework film can provide true works of art.
In this post you will see similar shots. Some were photographed digitally and some were shot on medium format film. Is one right or wrong? Nope, just different. Do you like one more than the other? Your own personal tastes will dictate that. Is my client happy? Very happy and just as important her Mom is happy and she pays the bill don’t ya know.
Do I have a favorite? Yep.