3 Reasons Why Spring is the Best Time to Get Out and Shoot Film

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2.8 touit extra photos (8 of 14)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 2.8

Here in the NorthEast of the USA, spring is in the air. With spring comes lots of new opportunities to go out there and take photos of everything around you, but in particular, spring is an excellent time for you to go out there and shoot photos with film. Why shoot film? Because film photography forces you to sit there and get everything perfectly right in the camera before you press the shutter. You’ll make decisions that you never thought of before like how highlights are affecting the scene, how dark the shadows are, and what the colors will look like. It will also force you to do things like spot metering and figuring out the right exposure that you want–not what the camera is telling you.

Here are some great reasons to get out there and shoot film this Spring.

The Chances of Natural Diffused Light are Best

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 review images (3 of 37)ISO 1001-250 sec at f - 1.8

If you’re going to go out and shoot with a format that isn’t as forgiving as digital is, then it will only be advantageous if you shoot in an environment where you’re least likely to mess up. When shooting outside, it can be tough to photograph a scene with both strong shadows and strong highlights unless you are purposely going for a specific look. Spring, however, provides you with a very low contrast scene due to all the cloud coverage, and therefore your exposures will overall be more even.

With naturally diffused light, you can set your exposures in a way that give you beautiful shadowless images due to the soft, diffused light. What you’ll learn by shooting on film is overall mastery of exposures.

Colors

Pro Tip: the latest emulsions of Kodak Portra were designed to be scanned. We recommend Portra 400 more than almost anything else out there.

Pro Tip: the latest emulsions of Kodak Portra were designed to be scanned. We recommend Portra 400 more than almost anything else out there.

Like the fall (autumn), spring is where you’ll encounter so many different colors. This is one of the few times where you see pinks, whites, purples and other colors that are completely different from the rest of the seasons. You’ll not only see this on flowers but people will also begin to wear brighter colors, too.

Shooting in the spring also gives you a great exercise to learn how to compose scenes by colors in addition to the original rules of composition. When it comes to shooting film, we recommend Portra 400 for portraits and Ektar 100 for everything else.

Temperature

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Besides the fact that it’s getting warmer out and you can enjoy the warmer weather, we’re specifically talking about temperature here as it relates to Instant film. If you’re shooting in large (and medium) formats, then you’ll be working with Peel Apart film and its development will depend on the temperature.

Ever try shooting with color Instant film in the cold? It takes forever to develop and sometimes even needs an accessory to help keep it warm and closer to your body. But when the weather is warmer, you can have as much fun as you want.