Get Started Using Film
This is the takeaway that I'm hoping that you got from today, which is that film is really easy, it really is. Like when I say, like, there are those three core things, like, I mean that, like, meter, you know, know your light, make sure you're metering properly. Error on the side of over-exposure, right? You want to meter for your shadows with your color. Meter for where you want your detail to be with your black and white, okay? That's it, super easy, you guys have got that. That is not hard to do, okay? Know your film, do your research, have fun with it, you guys, play around with it. Pick up some different film stocks, try something fun. You can start with the ones that I shared because you already know a little bit but do your research and there's a lot to choose out there, even though people talk about how film stocks have been discontinued, there's still a lot out there that you can play around with, so choose a stock that meets your artistic vision. Your work doesn't have to lo...
ok like mine. I don't want it to look like mine, you know? I want it to look like your work, so what does your work say? What are you drawn to, what are the tones you want? Do the research, find the stock that fits that vision, and, you know, have fun with it. And then of course, know your lab, this is so important. Your lab, like I said, is your creative partner. You are in this together, they are just as important as your metering, just as important as the film stocks that you choose. All right, so make sure that you, that your lab is your creative partner, make sure that you choose a good one. Make sure there's a good one out there. Don't send your film to some place, you know, cheap because they're cheap. (laughs) This is an investment, so treat it like that. And just remember that as you are learning accidents happen, they happen to me. They still happen to me, I've been doing this a long time and I still mess up, but sometimes, those accidents are really fun. (laughs) So this is an accidental, wonky, double exposure and I, you know, I've been asked like, "Well how did you do that?" and I was like, "I don't know, like, I don't even know what happened! "Like the film didn't advance, something went wrong, "there's a lot going on with this picture that's not right." But it's awesome, like I somehow ended up with this crazy double exposure with both of my kids in the frame, which, awesome, fun! Mistakes happen, light leaks. (laughs) Sometimes the back of your camera comes open. Sometimes, this was shot with a Holga, they leak light all the time. I was actually in the middle of a session once, and I just wasn't paying attention, and I opened the back of my camera, right? It happens, you know what I did? I shut the back of that camera, and I shot two rolls, I knew I lost three, but I was like, "Let's see what happens." You know, sometimes light leaks are really cool. That's what that red is, some people do it intentionally. You just never know, I mean, part of shooting film, is you getting really smart and really concentrate and do what you need to do, do everything you can, but some of it also is take the risks, have fun. Film is supposed to be fun. I always say, it's the number one cure for burnout. If you are burnout with your digital camera, pick up a film camera, it'll keep you on your toes, okay? So learn from those mistakes, and just have fun. I mean, that's really what it's all about. And, friends, I'm giving you permission right now to have fun in your job. If film, shooting film, if you're a professional photographer, you can have fun at your job too, that's okay. I have fun at my job every day, I love it, it's a blast. And part of what makes it so fun, is that I've decided to listen to myself and do what I love, which is shooting film. So, go out there and shoot film. If you do have more questions, or if you want to see my work, you can always follow me on Instagram. I try to post something every day. I try to have little tutorials on there. I love teaching, so I'm always giving little tips and tricks. I also have a section on my blog that's for photographers, where I have a lot of educational material, so I'll post about film, I'll post about lighting, so it's a great resource, so definitely check that out. And if you want just general film awesomeness, I also run a blog called Little Bellows, littlebellows.com, and we share work from other film photographers, mostly family photography, or parents shooting their kids. I just really wanna celebrate this medium because I love it so much, and I wanna celebrate other people who are shooting with it, so we do that at Little Bellows, and then we also have, again, some tips and tutorials and things that you can learn there, it's a great site. Then, I just have things to share with you for days. (laughs) But if you are interested about the business side of it, because I know we didn't get into that here, teaching people how to run a successful and profitable business is a huge passion of mine. It's probably as big a passion as film. I think that as photographers, we are so lucky that this is our job, and that we can really make a fantastic living, provide for our family, and do it doing something we love, creating beautiful images that makes people happy. I just can't, I just love it so much. So, I teach an online class with a friend of mine, Elena Blair, and it is a business class, specifically for photographers, specifically for other creatives, and we call it Lady Boss Workshops, but if we have man-tographers, you're welcome too. (laughs) We include everybody. But, we have also, if you go to our website there, we have a lot of really great blog articles and a lot of free resources on marketing, so check it out and most of all, I just want to say, "Thank you!" Again, I know this was a big day and you guys came here to be with me, so thank you. Thanks for being with us and thank you Creative Live.