THE HISTORY OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY DEFINING HYBRID PHOTOGRAPHY THREE LEADING HYBRID PHOTOGRAPHERS TODAY CHOOSING A FILM CAMERA CHOOSING A FILM STOCK CHOOSING A FILM LAB METERING YOUR LIGHT SHOOTING FILM IS YOUR BUSINESS PRICING MEET THE AUTHOR A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Choosing a film camera is Just as important as choosing your film stock.
choose to shoot 35mm because it has a higher range of flexibility and most 35mm cameras have
35mm camera then you may want to move up to medium format, which has the advantages of a shallower depth of field.
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This 35mm camera has 11 available focal potnts. qutck auto focus, automatic rewtnd. and varying lens compatibility. With the F6 being able to fit any nlkon lens. 1t allows for much more flexibiltty on the creative side instead of being limited to a single ftxed focal point.
As one of the most popular medium format cameras tn hybrid photography and used by some of the top names 1n the Industry. the Contax 645 uses the Carl Zeiss Lenses and can use both 120 and 220 mm film stocks.
As the more affordable alternative to the Contax 645, this camera Is also popular among hybrid photographers. The Pentax 645 is a manually operated system. that can produce similar results to the 645. For those that prefer to use the Zeiss lenses. but want an affordable alternative. the Pentax 645 can use an adapter for the Zeiss lenses.
As one of the most affordable 35mm cameras ranging from $100-300 onltne. this camera also features varying lens capabilities although slightly more limited 1n comparison to the F6. This camera Is highly recommended for those that are Just beginning to incorporate ftlm into their business because of its flextbtltty and affordability.
CANON EOS For the Cannon shooter. this camera Is the perfect 1ntroduct1on to film featurtng 5 main focal points, lens compatibility, and a built in motor drive.
MAMIYA 645 PRO Also serving as an alternative or backup camera for hybrid photographers, the Mamlya 645 Pro 1S a camera that gets 15 images perl20mm roll. This system does have interchangeable film inserts, and loads film In a similar way to the Contax 645.
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Education is key. That mentality is so important to hybrid photographers. In the midst of a digital world, how will clients know that you are a hybrid photographer and exactly what that entails? You educate your clients. As a beginner. It Is Important to shoot one or two rolls of film at each session. This helps you train your eye to see the natural light and helps you learn how to properly meter for that light. During the post-production process It Is crucial to begin editing your digital images to match your film scans. They will never be identical, but it is important to get Into 'the same ballpark" as your film scans, so that when the transition into hybrid photography is complete, you will have mastered the post-production process.
Once you feel confident that you are exceeding an 80% return rate (the number of film scans you keep out of the total that you shot). then it is time to post on social media about your transition. Whtle you may still deliver both film and digital images for a while, only posting film scans online trains your clients on the style of images they should expect when booking with you. It is important to blog about your transition. so that clients can better understand WHY you shoot film and HOW their experience is affected. Again, education is key.
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s h o o t i n gf i l m S oho w doyo uma rke tt ot hei de a lbri dea sahybri dpho t o g ra phe r?Try pl a nni ngas t yl e ds ho o t .I ti sha rd t obui l d apo rt f o l i oo fyo ur i de a l we ddi ng swhe nyo uha veadi f f i c ul tt i mebo o ki ngt he mi nt hef i rs tpl a c e . Theke yt obo o ki ngt hec l i e nt syo uwa nti sdi re c t l ypl a c i ngt hec o nt e nt t he y wa ntt os e ei nf ro nto ft he m.I ti si mpo rt a ntt o bui l ds t ro ng re l a t i o ns hi pswi t ho t he r ve ndo rsi n yo ur a re at ha ta re a l s oi nt he we ddi ngi ndus t rybe c a us e ,ul t i ma t e l y,t he yc a na l s oma keo rbre a kyo ur bus i ne s si na ddi t i o nt one g a t i vere vi e wsf ro m c l i e nt s .S o ,ne t wo rk a s muc ha syo uc a na ndo f f e rt oe xc ha ng et he i rs e rvi c e si nre t urnf o ri ma g e s o ft he i rpro duc t .
The s eke yc o mpo ne nt sa reg o i ngt opro vi deyo uwi t has o l i df o unda t i o n f o raf ul lpo rt f o l i o .Ast hec re a t i ve ,i ti syo urre s po ns i bi l i t yt opl a na nd s t yl et hes e s s i o nwi t ht hevi s i o no fyo uri de a lc l i e nti nmi nd.Whi l et he t hi ng sl i s t e da bo vea rej us tba s i c s ,yo uma yf i ndyo urs e l fwo rki ngwi t ha ne w pl a nne ri nt hea re at ha tc a nt a keyo urvi s i o na ndbri ngi tt ol i f eby c o mmuni c a t i ngwi t ht he s eve ndo rso nyo urbe ha l f . But ,i ft ha ti st hec a s e i ti sa l s oyo urre s po ns i bi l i t yt ore a c ho utt oe a c hve ndo ra f t e rt hes e s s i o n i sc o mpl e t e .
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