Shooting film made me a better wedding photographer!
Becoming an expert requires improving one’s skills. I’ve been happy with my picture taking over the last 2-3 years, and feel this has coincided with the purchase of the Contax G2 camera system and shooting with 35mm film. I’m no stranger to using film, but it requires a keen eye, knowing that you only have a finite number of shots per roll of film (unlike with digital). Being ‘selective’ is also essential. No one likes wasting film taking pictures you would otherwise delete if shot digitally. I hear stories regularly from vicars/priests about so-called wedding photographers who take thousands of images during the ceremony (which is disruptive) – presumably in the hope of getting a few decent images. I’ve also seen photographers taking 50 images of the wedding cake alone! I believe shooting with film (for my personal pleasure) has improved my picture taking in recent years, and has made me a better photographer when shooting digitally at weddings. Using film encourages you to become more observant. You time your moments more precisely – capturing images that tell a story, rather than 50 images of the same thing! Here’s just a few of my favourite images taken with the Contax G2 on 35mm film. P.S. If you enjoyed this blog post please leave a comment below and/or ‘like’ my Facebook fan page. Thanks!
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