Last month I had the amazing opportunity to spend the entire day with Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio, a film photographer in Massachusetts. I have admired Heidi’s work for a while now and wanted very much to learn from her so that I could get back on the horse with shooting more film and incorporate it back into my business. Having learned photography on film, I already knew the basics, but she got me up to speed with using a light meter which I HIGHLY recommend if you’re serious about shooting film. We talked film stocks, how to shoot them and a little bit about cameras. But mostly we studied light and how to use it.
Our day was split between photographing a fast moving wedding cake bakery, a good friend of Heidi’s, and then shooting some non-moving styled objects back at her house. Part I of this blog will feature the photos from the bakery on a day where Jenny, wedding cake baker extraordinaire, and her assistant Ashley were putting together a cupcake order and were starting a wedding cake for that weekend. If you’re looking at these and asking yourself, “well, why do they look fuzzy?” That’s called grain, and it’s completely normal. It’s what makes film awesome. It’s what gives film a beautiful dimension that digital just cannot replicate. Film is soft, creamy with beautiful shadows and it picks up delicate detail the way digital just cannot. I’m really excited about these and can’t wait to share part II with you next week.
Nikon F100 with 50mm f/1.8, shot on Kodak Portra 400