Do I still get digital images? – The Film Series

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August 23, 2017

Welcome to Part 2 of the Film Series!

You can read Part 1 on why I love film and why I value this medium here.

One question I get asked a lot from potential clients is, “So do I still get digital pictures or am I only getting prints?”

This is a great question!

And the short answer is….Yes! You do get high quality digital images in return,  just as you would from a purely digital photographer.

But there is more to it than that short answer….it’ such a cool process how we get from taking an image at an event, to delivering a high quality jpeg image to you. I think the details are totally worth sharing!

Film is a little different now than it was when I was a kid. Do you all remember the days of disposal and  35mm film cameras? I would carry those cameras around…take pictures of random things that I just had to capture (mostly animals and plants), and then drop off the rolls of film or disposable cameras at Walgreens. I’d come back a little while later, and there I’d have an envelope full of 4×6 photos. If I was lucky I got a few keepers, the rest would have a finger in the top corner of the screen or would be blurry! Anyone else have those experiences?

Well, the kind of film I’m talking about is much different! I use what is called a medium format camera. This camera has a bigger frame than a 35 mm camera and produces beautiful images like the ones you see here!

I load the camera with film, make sure the lighting is good (another lesson for another day), and shoot away during the session, wedding, or whatever the event might be.

Once the event is over, I am one happy photographer with a bag filled with full rolls of film. I ship off all the film to Indie Film Lab (my favorite film lab…you should check them out!).

The film lab then develops and processes all my rolls of film, scans all the images in, and then does any color correction if needed. As far as I’m concerned….magic happens in the film lab. 😉

Once the film lab is done processing everything, they send me high resolution scans of each photo I took.  So now, I have high quality jpeg images that I can share with my clients. These images are beautiful and full of life and rarely need any additional corrections on my end.

P.S. – 99% of the photos on my website are film images! Check them out! See what you think!

All my clients then get beautiful gallery full of digital images just as they would from a digital photographer. But of course I still think you should print your favorites!

Do you have any lingering questions about film photography that you’d like to know? I’d love to hear about them!

Till next time film lovers!

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