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Pros Using 35mm film regularly

I am not a professional photographer, but I shoot quite a bit and almost always have a camera other than my phone with me. I shoot film, mostly black and white, because I like the process and the slightly slower pace that it gives me. It has taught me a huge amount about looking at the scene or subject more carefully, moving around more, and shooting more carefully; all good things that have informed, and improved, my digital shooting. So I like to shoot film because I can afford to with regards to time. But with conversion software getting so much better, and good profiles to simulate many films, are there any pros out there still shooting 35mm film for their daily work. Forgive me for sounding like such a neophyte, but that is what I am. I would appreciate hearing about the differences visually and what you look for. I have posted photos without any information about the image and folks have asked, “What kind of film did you use?” Could just be a lucky guess, but perhaps not.

by Christopher Scrivens at 2011-11-17 00:20:18 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Yourself have an answer, is the method, the new cost of good film and the work you have to put in it to appreciate when you push the shutter. You need a very good training to get a digital photo like some different films. If you can´t distinguish the different films with tricks (filters and developers) you can´t assure what you want to mimic in the digital area. An learn that take a lot of rolls and time. Check one of the last articles in the Time´s blog, lightbox, about the contact sheets.
Just my two cents.

by Hernan Zenteno | 17 Nov 2011 02:11 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
That’s a valuable two cents Hernan, and I take your meaning. I look back at digital work that I did only a few years ago and realize that much of it is all over the place in terms of style of post processing; a case of too many options being a bad thing. My film processing is consistent and so are he results. In shooting more film, and sticking with films I like, I can the try to reproduce that same sort of consistency in my digital processing. Good advice and somewhat obvious now that it has been said. Thank you. Keep them coming mates.

by Christopher Scrivens | 17 Nov 2011 02:11 | New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Chris, I shoot news as my bread and butter—-although, when I can, I shoot for a guy that does High School Sports, and community league sports for kids—-so like 4,000 shots a day per shooter type suff—-Many times we will shoot film on controlled portraits because of the greens and blues for vividness——grass and sky or water—-but thats all I know going on for now—-except there are pros around here that shoot film on prescribed long term personal projects.

There used to be several labs around where I am that maintained chemicals on a daily basis(I had an in at a university as well, but they pulled all the equipment)—-but now there is only one and they only do b&w on mondays for a noon turnaround on Tuesday—-hardly a way to make a deadline.


by David Bro | 17 Nov 2011 02:11 | orange county, california, United States | | Report spam→
i stick to b/w as far as film goes, and the projects are more of a personal nature.

by John Robinson | 17 Nov 2011 06:11 | Durban, South Africa | | Report spam→
Gary Knight of VII still shoots a lot of B&W film – develops and prints his own (uses a professional printer for show images). He does a lot of digital, also, but I’m not sure that digital really has his heart the same way film does.

by Neal Jackson | 23 Nov 2011 23:11 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
What is even more difficult to find is a pro who uses glass plates— especially a photojournalist. I think most, if not all photographic media that have ever been used are still available today. But various qualities of the different media and personal tastes aside, most of us have to conform to a practical world.

by Barry Milyovsky | 24 Nov 2011 16:11 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→

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Christopher Scrivens, Pastor, Missionary Christopher Scrivens
Pastor, Missionary
(Rank Amateur)
Chester, Nj , United States
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
David Bro, freelance editorial David Bro
freelance editorial
Orange County , United States ( LAX )
John Robinson, Photographer John Robinson
(works with light)
Pigeon Club , South Africa
Neal Jackson, Neal Jackson
(Flaneur, Savant and Scapegrace)
Washington, Dc , United States ( IAD )
Barry Milyovsky, totally unprofessional Barry Milyovsky
totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States


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