Comparing a Film image to a Digital image

Have you ever wondered why shooting film is such a huge part of my identity? I mean, I COULD probably talk your ear off about all the benefits, but why don't I just show you?

Below you will see two nearly identical photos. But the differences are pretty easy to spot! Basically one is gorgeous, and one needs a little work, right? As you can probably guess, the first image was shot on Film, and the second is straight from my digital Canon 5D Mark III. I don't know about you, but if I had my choice of which photo to print and hang in my home, it would absolutely be the first.

Now, here's the thing, I LOVE shooting digital. It's simple, it's easily adjusted, it has a lot of working room, it's quick, and it can handle some dark lighting conditions film just can't. And that's why I use both in tandem. A match made in heaven! They compliment each other truly. There have been a couple moments in my career (usually after I get the bill :P) that I second guess shooting film. But every single time my lab sends me scans, my heart flutters.

And the truth, love, and realness film captures will always be worth every penny.

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But maybe you're now left with the thought "how do you make all your images look like film if you're shooting digital?". And truthfully, this is no industry secret: Mastin Labs Presets. I have adapted them to work with my style and they are a game changer! And one of the big reasons I was inspired to bring film back into my life. It's not uncommon to receive a comment "I love that film photo!" on an image that was edited with the Mastin presets. 

BUT, here's the catch. I wouldn't be able to make my digitals look anywhere near what they look like without shooting film first. I sometimes feel silly sending sneak peeks without having seen the film first, because the end result does change! 

Film is my starting point, it's what I base my look off of. If I can help it, sometimes I will choose to ONLY shoot on film. And sometimes that scenario just doesn't happen and I only get to shoot one roll. But you know what? That's the nature of the job, and I love having the options. Sure, film is beautiful and it really does show off, but at the end of the day, if a photo is framed better or there is more emotion in the digital image, then that's the one that wins in my book.