Hi internet – I’m sorry for the back to back post for photographers! While I’m apologizing for things…sorry for not blogging…at all 😉

Moving on.

I started shooting a bit of film this past year for my own personal growth & state of mind and with that came my curiosity into different formats of film. I was curious as to what the visual difference between shooting 35mm & medium format film while shooting the same stock of film. While I do not plan on upgrading my film system to medium format, I did want to see what all the hype was about. If anything, this little amount of research showed me that 35mm is really beautiful and perfectly suits what I use it for. As I mentioned briefly in my previous film post, I wanted to learn for myself – not for my business. Yes, I do use it for business work so that I become better but it comes out of my own pocket and is not funded by my clients. My goal was to breathe new life into my business and just in a few short months, I have done just that.

One of the things I decided to do to give back to myself & my personal life was take a film mentorship with Kristin Sweeting Photography . Honestly, that was a huge step for me because in my 9 years of business, I have not asked anyone for help…I have taught everything I have learned to myself. It was a nice change. She is calm, kind, wise & she doesn’t make you feel small or inadequate – you are her equal, in this thing together…and that was empowering to me. She doesn’t try to bully you into thinking one specific thing – just tries to get you to think about your why & what you want to accomplish. She genuinely cares about you and your success. And for a little shameless plug, she is hosting a Study Abroad program in Iceland & Paris this summer and I think she still has a few spots left if you want to meet new friends, see amazing places & learn something. Sign up is open until February 15 <3

I brought along all of my film, lenses and my film camera ( Canon 1V ) and tried my best to remember to shoot a few similar comparisons of both formats so I could show you the difference.

**My images are not perfect as I am still learning.**

In the photographs below, all LEFT images were shot by me on Kristin’s Contax 645 Medium Format Film Camera scanned by Kristin Sweeting and all RIGHT images were shot by me on my Canon 1V 35MM Camera scanned by Kristin Sweeting . A few of them are not wonderful comparisons because the medium format ones are black & white but oh well…sorry 😉

What do you think of the differences?

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GOWN : Claire Pettibone

GOWN BOUTIQUE : The Dress Theory , Nashville

MODEL : Catherine Claire

VENUE : Dover Hall Estate

FLORALS : Nature Composed

EQUIPMENT : LEFT images Contax 645 (mostly Portra 400/800)

                            RIGHT images Canon 1v (mostly Portra 400/800) all scanned by Kristin Sweeting .

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM : http://www.kristinsweeting.com/study-abroad

This post is for photographers and those interested in film photography – if you’re here just for the photos, you may want to skip this post. Recently, I’ve been learning about film photography and have been implementing shooting film alongside digital at my most recent weddings. I’m one of those kinds of learners (…people?) that becomes frustrated when I don’t know something and the ‘in between’ phase of not being great at it irritates me. So instead of asking millions of questions to successful film photographers and risking bothering them (and I HAVE bothered some of you when necessary!! thanks immensely to Kristin Sweeting mostly & Erin Wilson , too!) I just read a lot and leaned back on good ole trial & error.

One of the biggest things I’ve been indecisive about is which scanner to choose for my scanning of images. I’m sure just like me you’ve googled it and found lots of helpful side by side comparisons and learned quite a bit from them. But when it came to choosing a scanner that suited my work best, I still wasn’t sure (and to be honest I’m still not sure…but leaning towards frontier). So I contacted The FIND lab and asked them to scan one of my rolls with both the frontier & noritsu scanner for comparison. I am still learning, so I’m sure some of these cool and warm colors are exaggerated due to user error with exposing improperly. I hope some of these comparisons can help you when choosing which scanner is best for you! All questions are welcome!

All images shot on a 35mm camera – Canon 1v with Portra 800 . I shot at half the box speed at 400 ISO with a Canon 85mm 1.8 lens at f/2 and shot in AV mode for my shutter speed.

All scans provided by the FIND lab .

Images on LEFT were scanned on the FRONTIER scanner and images on the RIGHT were scanned on the NORITSU scanner.

 

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  • Very interesting article. Thank you for sharing your results.ReplyCancel

    • Kristin

      thanks so much for checking it out!ReplyCancel

  • This blog post is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it, at first I was like OK I love the Frontier hands down, then as I got further down I was like no its definitely Noritsu that’s doing it for me! I feel so indecisive! Beautiful work…. I can’t wait to start confidently shooting film!ReplyCancel

    • Kristin

      thank you so much for the comment!!!I definitely am now a little more confused haha!! but definitely shoot film if you want to feel more alive <3

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