My biggest goal of the year was to start to learn film again. I really haven’t used it since my Film Photography classes in High School ( the ONLY class I enjoyed in those 4 years! ) I had never even heard of Medium Format Film until a year or so ago, and had never used film professionally. But I began to admire the growing trend from afar, and more than anything was really drawn to the artistic advantage. I knew that even if I never used it professionally for my portrait work, taking the time to learn it would definitely make me a better photographer. Film forces you to slow down and really ask yourself if everything is ready for that shot. You don’t want to waste a single click of that shutter. So you begin to ask yourself f everything is the way it should be. The pose, the light, the details, the settings.
I bought a Hasselblad at the beginning of the year. I was told this was a good place for me to start, because the Hassleblad is such a work horse and if I decided that I didn’t like it I could re-sell it on ebay for the same I paid for it- that it’s value wouldn’t depreciate because it’s such a great camera. I also chose the Hasselblad for it’s square 6×6 format. I loaded up on recommended film, and then was scared to play with it for months. Not wanting to mess up. Not wanting to practice. Not wanting to feel like I was starting over.
This past May when I went to San Francisco I promised myself I would brave and accept the challenge. Since then, I have taken my Hasselblad to almost every shoot, and took at least a half roll as practice after I got everything I needed on digital. ( commissioned sessions are never a time to practice your craft, these were photographed in addition to their collection on my digital camera as I was hired to do so. Film will not be officially offered in my portrait sessions until I am fully confident in my skills to deliver the expected results.)
It took me a while to to send in the finished rolls I was collecting. Too long. I let the film pile up, nervous to send it in and be disappointed.
I of course have so much more to learn- But when PhotoVision sent me my first images, I admit I teared up. Because I actually did what I said was going to do- and I am beyond excited now to keep working at it, and hope to work towards officially shooting with both film and digital for all my portrait sessions within the next year. These are a few favorites below from when I brought the Hasselblad. These are straight scans from the lab without any additional editing. I am looking forward to learning so much more!
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