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Shannon Moffit + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

Hi, film friends! @samoffit here, pictured with my muffin-cake of a son, Logan! I am a Virginia-based, hybrid wedding photographer with a background in digital studio headshots and fashion retouching (I know, I know, "Eww," says almost every film photographer in the world). My film journey has been a wild ride over the past few years, full of many learning curves and life lessons. I have always had a case of "perfectionist paralysis," so shooting film has really pushed me as an artist and helped me to "break free, break from the chains” (gold star if you can name the movie!) and let go of control—a constant struggle in my life. I am so, so, SO excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover this week! I hope to bring a little humor, inspiration and education to your lives this week in a series I will call, "Shan's Top 12 Lessons Learned from Shooting Film." Can’t wait to begin!

📷 by @rachelmayphoto.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #airlie #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm

@samoffit Takeover Lesson One, *Mentoring* 🤝: A mentoring session can be good for you every once in awhile. Whether you are a new or seasoned film photographer, watching another photographer in their element can teach you a lot about yourself in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Not only will it give you a kick out of your comfort zone, but it will also give you a different perspective on running a business. Working with Laura Gordon opened my eyes to a more artistic way of shooting, focused on the styling and mood of a portrait session, rather than on trying to achieve perfect focus and posing.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #keswickhall #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #lauragordonworkshops @fujifilm_profilm @shopgossamer @enchantedatelierbylivhart @rebeccafaithlawson @keswick_hall @keswickhallweddings @lauragordon

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Two, *Editing Scans* 📏: The “Lens Correction” and “Transform Tab” in Lightroom can make a good film scan, Grrrrreat! (🐯 Channel your inner cereal tiger!) You are talking to Straight Line McGee over here, trust me on this. For this particular image, I added +5 distortion control (make sure to check the “constrain crop” box) and rotated the image +3 to make the horizon line straight. The #Zeiss80mm has a slight distortion, so I use this trick whenever I am photographing architecture.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #veritaswinery #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #lightroom #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @whippedupbymimi @alexandra_odenwald @veritaswinery @luxeandluna @petalsandhedges @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal @annabreeding @weddingsparrow

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Three, *Panning* 🏃 : Panning is the act of following a moving object along an axis in order to keep that object in focus. I have learned that catching a running couple on #film at 1/15th of a second is almost like trying to write an English paper drunk—it’s nearly impossible. Out of the other 15 panned images I took, this is the single one that came out. My advice: Pan as gently as possible, hold your breath, expect a handful of duds and hope for a winner.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #boyntonbeach #florida #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #panphotography #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Four, *Embrace Blur* 👌: As a classically-trained photographer, taught to *always* get eyes and front objects in focus, I had a hard time getting comfortable shooting my Contax at f/2. This particular shoot was a turning point for me. I decided I would let go of control, shoot everything wide open, embrace some blur and focus on the *moments,* instead of perfection.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #veritaswinery #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @whippedupbymimi @alexandra_odenwald @veritaswinery @luxeandluna @petalsandhedges @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal @annabreeding @weddingsparrow