Happy New Year!! I’m crazy invigorated for this 2012, and I hope it’s off to a great start for you too!
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I started picking up film cameras again in January 2011. Digital is an amazing and versatile medium, but film brought back the feeling of art to me. Almost exactly one year later, I had the pleasure of attending the Film is Not Dead workshop hosted by the most incredible Jonathan Canlas! Just 12 workshop attendees together in Miami Beach for three+ days of non-stop film lovin’!
Above photos captured with Canon 1v camera and Kodak Portra 800 film.
The workshop is more of an inspiration than anything. Jon (in the photos!) puts such a big emphasis on shooting personal work and finding and re-finding your vision. Sure, we talked film stocks, business and marketing, and photographed some gorgeous real-life couples and families… But I never felt I needed to use the same film and settings that he was using. I didn’t need a big trade secret. What I enjoyed was the freedom to shoot in a beautiful setting, 24/7, to talk to someone with as much experience as Jon, to try different things and to share ideas with my peers. The owner of my film lab, Richard Photo Lab, even came to join for a couple of days! I tried three different cameras, and was able to decide on the medium-format Contax 645 as my purchase when I returned home. I also gained 14 incredible friendships!
As always, I want to assure my clients that film changes nothing for you – other than the rich color, depth and creaminess of course! You receive all of your files digitally and can use them in any of the same ways you can use digital camera files. It’s a modern day [fantastic] hybrid!
I’d like to send out a big group hug to everyone involved in the workshop, including Jonathan himself and his cohorts Joe Amudsen and Catherine Abegg. My fellow attendees from all over the country were Ken Bruggeman, Shipra Panosian, Dustin Francis, Bunn Salarzon, Kristen Wood, Jacquelyn Puossot, Kristin Young, Randy Kahn, Ellaine Palladino, Ingrid Damiani and Matthew DeJesus.
If you’re interested in exploring film or an old camera you still have in the family, Jonathan’s new book is now available for pre-order and ships in just a couple of weeks! Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film