My Year of Bad Photos

Most film photographers believe that in order to shoot film 100% of the time they need to shoot outside.  They really struggle when the weather turns cold or rainy or when they are asked to photograph a subject indoors. I know this because this is my story too!

I’m a photographer in Seattle, WA.  Struggling with not enough natural light is my middle name!

Seattle in January meter reading

January in Seattle.  Sigh.

 When I became serious about shooting film I really felt that I only had two options;  push my film or go back to my digital camera and embrace hybrid shooting. I really didn't want to go back to my digital camera, so I settled on pushing.

I did my homework. I asked questions on all the forums I was on.  I was ready!  And excited.  This was going to work!  Woohoo!!!

And then the scans came back.

Portra pushed two stop in low light
Portra pushed two stop in low light

Super contrasty.  Wonky colors.  Not at all like the soft, airy images I was used to.

portra pushed two stops
portra pushed two stops

The black and white was a little better, but still not at all the kind of work my clients expected of me.

tri-x pushed two stops
tri-x pushed two stops

Defeated, I went back to my digital gear.

That was nearly two years  ago.

If only I could go back in time and tell myself what I know now.

Here's the story, you can shoot film 100% of the time - even inside, even on super dark days.  You can create soft, luminous images at every single session regardless of the weather.  And you can do it without pushing your film or relying on your digital gear.

Let me show you how!

Fuji on Strobes by Sandra Coan
Fuji on Strobes by Sandra Coan

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing tips on how to get started with studio strobes, so be sure to check back next Thursday!

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Have a great day!

Sandra