Beautiful film work this week! Keep tagging your IG film images #LBfilm365 for a chance to be feautured!
I can smell fall in the air when I look at these photos! I love the gorgeous orange tones, paired with the beautiful late afternoon light. Their expressions and outfits make these images sing.
In Tyler's words:
"It was one of those totally unexpected, perfect late fall days in Ohio. Most of the leaves were down elsewhere, but Price Park was gorgeous, and the Rumer family was ready to go! This was one of the first sessions with my Hasselblad H1 and I was so happy with the camera and the FIND lab!"
Gear: Hasselblad H1 and 100mm 2.2 lens
Film: Portra 400
Lab: The FIND Lab
This summer maternity session is so eye-catching! I love the variety of poses Sydney takes of the expecting couple, and also how she incorporates landscape and movement in her images to add interest. Great work, Sydney!
In Sydney's words:
"This session was so much fun, but I know this poor momma got her steps in for that day. We were all over the place! Taryn and her husband are welcoming their first baby girl in September. I really loved the tones and feel of this session! This momma has the perfect pregnancy glow we all hope for."
Contax 645, Portra 400, The FIND Lab
I am amazed by the submissions this week! Keep 'em coming! #lbfilm365
Leanne's use of light and location pair so well with her subjects. It's just beautiful! And who doesn't love big smiling baby cheeks?!
"This session is very special to me because baby Levi is my nephew! It is amazing seeing your sibling, especially your younger sibling, become a parent. Nina and Cody are so in love with that baby boy, it is just precious! (And yes, Cody IS a bodybuilder.)
This shoot was to celebrate Levi turning 6 months old and took place in south Florida, where they live. The light in this spot was incredible, and Levi was such a good boy for me!"
Hasselblad H1 + 100mm 2.2
We're all soaking up the last bits of summer vacation here, but I had a moment to post my top 5 365 film images from the last few weeks. Keep them coming by using #lbfilm365!!
I just had the loveliest thing happen!
I was outside working in my garden, and saw an older man, probably in his 70’s, walk slowly down the sidewalk in font of my house. He had an old Nikon 35mm camera and as he walked, he would stop and just look through the lens every couple of steps. I watched him do this for about five minutes before deciding to go talk to him.
I introduced myself, saying that I’d notice he shooting film, and that I shoot film as well. We talked about film stocks and old cameras, and then I asked him what he was photographing. His response was great. He said “nothing yet”!
He went on tell me about why he still shoots film. “When I shoot film, I think about each frame I’m making. I look through the camera and analyze what I’m seeing. The colors. The textures. The light. I then ask myself if what I’m seeing is really what I want a photo of. Most of the time it’s not. But the slowness of the process lets me be in the moment, fully. It’s my meditation.”
I thought it was beautiful and summed up why I shoot film too. I love the slowness. I love to think about my film stock and how it will effect the colors and the light. It’s fun. And relaxing.
My new friend has inspired me. I’m going to turn off my computer. Load my camera. And just go for a walk to see what I can find. Maybe I won’t find anything. Maybe I won’t shoot a single frame. But maybe I will.
Today this will be my meditation. To just be in the world, be slow, and really see it.
I can't stop looking at Leanne's stunning images! Her use of backlight, choosing the fuji film stock for the skin tones and pop of red, her sister's outfit choice and the hat. The HAT. I also love her posing choices and variety of shots, and last, her creativity with focus points are just gorgeous.
In Leanne's words:
"This maternity session is especially close to my heart as this gorgeous mother is my younger sister. We were in South Carolina visiting family for Thanksgiving. They live just outside of Greenville in the foothills providing us with the perfect backdrop for the session. I live on the coast so it was great to get away from the typical beach scene of sand, waves, and shear dresses and into the rolling green hills with a cable-knit dress and floppy wool hat. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!"
- Camera: 35mm Canon Elan 7E SLR, 85mm 1.2L, 135mm 2L lenses
- Film: Fuji400H 35mm film
- Lab: Richard Photo Lab
I'm continually drawn to your beautiful summertime 365 photos; even more so because it's raining in Seattle today! I've added camera and film specs, so be sure to add those to your hashtags if you'd like me to share them. Portra 400 was a favorite this round! Keep tagging your images #lbfilm365 for a chance to be featured!
When looking at Maria's photos, I could smell the popcorn and elephant ears, hear the delightful screams of kids enjoying all the rides and feel the warm setting sun on my face. Add in the bonus of these awesome summertime colors captured on film! I love your documentary work, Maria.
In Maria's words:
"This wasn't a planned shoot - just my own kids as we spent an evening at kiddie park. Kiddie park is a magical place for kids aged 6 and under. It's small (about 9 rides and mini golf) and all the rides are for pint sized people. I have many of my own childhood memories here and its awesome to get to take my kids."
- Camera: Canon EOS3 and sigma 35mm art lens
- Film:Fuji 400h rated at 200 and then pushed +1
- Lab: The FIND lab
I saw so much blue and orange this week, perfect summertime colors! Gorgeous images this week, everyone. :) Be sure to tag your photos #lbfilm365 for a chance to be featured!
Nothing says summer time like a good old fashion road trip! And these stunning images by Divya Pande Photography make me want to pack up my car and head straight to Utah! Wow!!
Here's what Divya has to say:
These images were shot on a summer road trip through the stunning national parks of Utah. I loved using film and Fuji 400H to capture the parks in a soft and pretty way. I don't know what I was expecting, but the parks completely exceeded all my expectation!
Erin of Hello Pinecone (love it!) amazed me with this set! I love the bare feet, airstream, animals, and details captured here. It makes me want to run out and find someone to photograph in the countryside, or at least make the leap and get our own chicken coop. I think sometimes it can be awkward capturing teen girls together, but Erin has done it beautifully!
In Erin's words:
"It was shot where I live in the mountains of Topanga Canyon, CA and the two teenage sisters (15 and 18) that are also best friends. These images were shot around their home (the older sisters room is the airstream!!) where we were surrounded by their large amount of rescued animals."
Gear: Canon eos 3 // HP5 & Fiji 400h
Lab: FIND Lab
I'm a huge fan of Lea's work, so I was excited when I saw her submission come in. I love how Portra 400's punchy colors enhanced the pops of color throughout this set, from the bright boots, and the reds in the tractor and chickens. And I really want a baby goat. Another farmhouse scene for the win!
In Lea's words:
"I photographed this sweet family about a month ago. They live in the same little North Carolina town as I do, and have the most adorable farmhouse and homestead that they have been restoring and enjoying for the last year or so. Three boys including a set of twins, chickens, dogs, goats, and the occasional frog or turtle caught in their pond. :) I showed up shortly after sunrise to enjoy that nice warm light before the heat of the day took over. Everyone was so laid back and relaxed, and we just had a blast exploring each and every nook of their homestead! My family sessions typically only last about an hour, but this one easily hit the 2-hour mark, and I think I could have stayed even longer just soaking it all in and taking even more photos! There was just so much love and positive energy... and what's not to love about photographing chickens and goats with film!?"
Gear: Nikon F100 camera, Nikkor 50mm/f1.4 lens, Kodak Portra 400, in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Film processed and scanned by theFINDlab.
I'm loving all the summer submissions!! Keep it up! For those that want to join in, be sure to tag your IG film images #lbfilm365.
Lauren's raw and emotive black and white images brought me right back to the amazing deliveries of my own two children. The miracle of birth is beautiful and powerful, and pairing it with the tones and grain pattern of black and white film make these images sing!
I love how Lexi Vornberg, when feeling burnt out, opts to challenge herself creatively by getting out of her comfort zone, a practice that will always push us. Beautiful images, Lexi!
In Lexi's words:
"As an artist we all hit a point to where we feel burned out or un-inspired. I was stuck in that rut for the longest time and I can actually thank film for helping to re-inspire me. In an effort to not lose my passion and love for film I always set up mini shoots for myself to capture what I love and what I see, without the client stress involved. Lindsay was kind enough to let me capture her and her sweet daughter Ru last summer during one of these personal shoots for myself. In an effort to push myself during each of these shoots I try to pick one detail that puts me out of my comfort zone. And in this case it was an urban setting with window light and tight space. Being an outdoorsy nature loving photographer, this location surely was a challenge and change for me. But like all challenges it helped me grow and allowed me to capture so many beautiful images."
Canon EOS 1v
Who is still plugging away at their film 365s this year? Now that summer is here I'm finding endless photo opportunities and I love it! Below are my top 5 summer images that caught my eye on Instagram. Be sure to tag your favorite film images with #lbfilm365 to be featured!
If your kids are anything like mine, the LOVE water. They love doing any type of activity in or near the water, whether it's jumping, diving, tubing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, or playing on the dock or beach. The past couple years I've been capturing all this on film, and I've narrowed down my necessities have in my summertime camera bag at all times.
1. 35mm camera & lenses. I use a Canon 1v, but any kind of 35mm camera is great. It's more portable, easy to use, offers more images per roll of film, and gives me many lens choices. Plus if it were to accidentally get splashed on I wouldn't freak out as much as if it was my medium format camera. I usually bring my 35mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm lenses, which afford me the most versatility. (I will leave the 70-200 home if we are walking a lot. It's a beast!)
2. Underwater camera. I LOVE the perspective from shooting right there in the water with your kids! This year I upgraded to the Nikons V, a Nikon 35mm underwater camera and I can't wait to give you a report on how it handles. You can find them relatively cheap on Ebay. If it isn't in your budget this year, spring $8 for an underwater disposable camera, found at any drug store. These images are all taken with a disposable and I love their vibe!
3. Lots of film, duh. :) My top 3 film choices are Ektar, Portra 400, and Kodak BW400CN. Ektar is perfect for those bright sunny days. It's a 100 speed film that packs a lot of color punch, and it screams summertime. If you want something more subdued, read on.
My second favorite is Portra 400, due to its versatility. I can rate it at 400 and be able to take useable photos in full sun, overcast, golden hour, and even at sunset. I've used a lot of Portra 160 and Fuji 400h and they work well during the day, but aren't as versatile in the evenings.
My favorite b/w film last year was Tri-x. It's extremely versatile too. But I didn't like the grain of it as much in 35mm format. (I will be playing with a lot of HP5 this summer.) If you don't want to get a true black and white, go for Kodak BW400CN. It's developed with C-41 (color developer) and looks beautiful, and you expose it just like you expose color film (this is a great option if you don't have a spot meter), and has less grain than Tri-x.
4. Light meter. I use a Sekonic-358 and it works great. I use the meter mostly for very sunny mid-day backlit photos, as I find the in camera meter has the most trouble with this type of lighting.
5. Notepad. I like to experiment with all films in a variety of settings and lighting conditions. If its new or tricky, or I'm rating a film differently, I will still take notes so I can refer back to them and learn something new.
6. Sunscreen and lip balm is a must!
7. Zip-lock bag for your film and phone. I've learned the hard way.
8. I pack all of this in my more rugged Tamarac camera backpack. The padded inside gives me many options for fitting in the gear I choose to bring. The padded straps are comfortable, and all areas zip up securely which helps keep sand or water from ruining anything.
I'm ready! Are you? Now, if only my kids were out of school......
If you have more summertime tips that you've found helpful, please share!
Have you done your numbers? Figured out your hourly rate? Do you know how many rolls of film you shoot at a session, and how much the total cost per session is? If not, you need to figure that out. It is eye opening.
My name is Meghan, and I am a spreadsheet addict. And I am proud! And every day I look at my "MBP by the numbers" spreadsheet. Every day! Things don't change on it from a day to day basis, but it's good to always keep your business budget in mind. What the heck is "MBP by the numbers"?? It's the giant spreadsheet I created that holds everything relating to money for my business. My goal gross, my hourly rate calculated, my number of hours spent per client, my average sale, my session fee breakdown, my product pricing breakdown, and lots of other pages. One that was eye opening to me is the Film Costs page (I told you there was a page for everything!) But what that page told me, is that it is actually CHEAPER for me to shoot film than digitally.
Did that just blow your mind?
I know you don't believe me. I definitely wouldn't! But here's the breakdown:
- I know my average cost per roll (BW or C41, 35mm or 120) is $22.76. That will change slightly with film costs, but it's my average right now.
- I know my 1 hour shoot will have around 5 rolls of film, making my total film cost per session $113.80.
- I know my hourly rate according to my gross and hours available, etc, is $122.
- Shooting digital would take approximately 2.5-3 hours of editing time costing me a minimum of $305 (hourly rate x 2.5)
- Film scans take about 15 minutes to cull and do any needed tweaks (typically just straightening because my head shoots crooked), which costs me $30.50 of my time.
- My session fee is $225
- Cost of shooting film for the session including edit time: $144.30
- Cost of shooting digitally for the session including edit time: $305 and up
Profit from my session fee for film: $80.70
Profit from my session fee for digital: -$80 (yes, that's NEGATIVE!)
Seems crazy right? But numbers don't lie. It COSTS me my time (which is worth money!!) to shoot digitally. I encourage you to take a look at your own business finances. KNOW your hourly rate. Know your value and what is worth spending your time on and your money on. It might just be eye opening!