Adding Film to Your Wedding Package

Interested in shooting more film at weddings? This tip is for you!

We get it, shooting film can be a bit scary at first. Especially at weddings, where precious memories unfold all day long and it’s your responsibility to document them. Learning to trust your gear and your workflow without the safety of a digital back takes some getting used to, but once you hit your rhythm and find your sweet spot, you’ll feel more confident to rinse and repeat, time and time again.

Shooting Film Helps You Stay Present and Saves You Time

Shooting more film means less time staring at your digital back, missing those sweet in-between moments. Shooting more film also means less time at your computer editing and more time doing what you love. Here are some tips to make incorporating film at weddings a breeze:

Maria Lamb of Amanda K / Fuji400H / Contax645 / Portland, Oregon

Find Your Sweet Spot Before Incorporating Film.

To do this, shoot multiple film stocks rated at different speeds in different lighting environments. Knowledge is power, and these tests will make your choice of which film to shoot in any given situation a no-brainer! Learn how to shoot an exposure ramp with film.

Your Meter is Your Best Friend.

We know—wedding days are fast paced and stopping that extra second to take a meter reading might seem like an extra step you don’t want to take. But trust us, when it comes to nailing your exposure and gaining consistent imagery, you want to take meter readings. Every time you change shooting environments or there is a shift in lighting (a cloud blocks the sun, for example) you want to re-meter your scene. Your future self will thank you.

Amanda K. | Fujicolor PRO400H | Pentax645N | Portland, OR

Try different film formats.

Many of us love shooting medium format film. But in some cases, 35mm may be the way to go! The 6×4.5 format is awesome, but you only get 15–16 frames per roll, and there are some instances on a wedding day where you might want to shoot more frames before stopping to change the roll or need a fast auto-focus system (the ceremony, for example)! For situations like this, 35mm is a perfect choice.

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