written by Marta Hewson
The Classic way of Shooting with Film
When I first studied Photography in College, back in the early 90’s, digital cameras were not accessible yet. Our focus was still grounded in the classical way of shooting with film. With film, you don’t have that ‘non-consequence’ approach when clicking the shutter. Instead, all aspects of the shot must be strategically arranged and planned before you commit to the image.
Technology changes but the Process stays the same
Though I do shoot digital (only occasionally do I use film), I still try to apply the same approaches as when I shot film, controlling elements like the lighting, composition, mood, and directing the poses of the models, before clicking the shutter.
Digital cameras are everywhere, but their purchase does not bring with it photography training. There is so much “spray and pray” going on these days, and I would like to challenge photographers (whether you are new or seasoned) to slow down and give more thought to each image. Treat your photoshoots as if you were still shooting film. Put the effort into ‘making’ a photograph.
If you are wondering why this is important, let me just say that in time it will improve your artistic vision, it will improve your knowledge of lighting and posing, it will teach you how to use your environment in more creative ways, overall it will just make you understand photography better. Even though 'spray and pray' might have it's place, like if you're a war photographer and the shit hit the fan, you better just grab your camera and start shooting! But when you're shooting in a more controlled environment, take the time to make and create your photographs. It's more fun that way too.
These 2 photos were taken in studio on 120 black and white film.