Next up on PV Takeovers, we’re honored to welcome @matolikeelyphoto! Matoli is based in San Diego, CA and the DC metro area and loves to travel and see where her passion takes her. Stay tuned for the next three days as Matoli shares her wisdom on all things film! . . . I have been lucky enough to build an amazing relationship with the PhotoVision team, and I can’t express enough how honored I am to be doing a three-day Instagram takeover! My film journey began Feb. 2014, when I purchased a 35mm camera from eBay. Through a lot of trial and error, I realized I had an incredible amount to learn. That fall, I attended Erich McVey’s workshop and it completely changed my life. From then on, I have sought to learn all that I can about film, find my vision and also push myself try new things—even when I continuously fail. This image was taken at the workshop and is one of my favorites because it was the first time I began to truly understand how composition and framing can elevate an image. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite images, the stories behind them and also some photography tips.
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Film and light go together like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, yin and yang! On their own, they are amazing, but put together, they can honestly be breathtaking. I could not reinforce enough how important it is to chase the light. You might be afraid to take the leap and put your subject directly in front of your light source, but trust me, when you nail the shot, you nail it! When I try something new with my shooting, I still keep a notebook with me that has my settings—just in case the image is not what I was expecting, then I know exactly what I did wrong. This has helped me tremendously to avoid the same mistakes over and over. This image was Fuji400 at f2, and the sun was just at the perfect spot on the horizon. I was originally shooting her from the side, but when I stood directly in front of her, the light was incredibly bright—I could barely see her face—but I decided to take the shot anyway because I knew the dynamic range of film could handle it.
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One of the greatest things you can do is keep shooting as much as possible—different stocks of film in different lighting conditions. This is the only way you can definitely determine what works for you and what does not. I was fortunate to take a trip to Portugal last year, and during my free time, I explored some of the cities and captured as much as I could on film only. Personal work is the best way to really develop your eye and push your creativity. When you are shooting for yourself, there is more freedom to experiment and continuously foster your love for photography. It is also a great way to get to know your camera, its limits and make it an extension of yourself. It should be second nature when you handle your camera, and the only way to do this is to shoot, shoot, shoot!
Photography is an incredible source of storytelling. This is one of the reasons why I absolutely love film—it has allowed me to slow down and just be in the moment, and that is something I always encourage others to do. When you take the moment to think of what is happening, why you are taking that specific frame, and then compose and click the shutter, you are making that frame count! I have come to appreciate photography a lot more since I stopped shooting for the sake of shooting and actually began having intention behind each frame. In this image, the bride was putting on her late mother’s bracelet, which she had worn during her own wedding. What an incredibly significant moment for her, and I was honored I could give her this image to represent it.
My journey into photography is a little different from most. My background is rooted in the sciences, specifically biochemistry and molecular biology. It’s often a surprise to others that I have completely different passions I pursue—yet I have found a way to make both of them work. The analytic and high-attention-to-detail portion of the sciences definitely helps with my shooting and quest to continue to push myself and get answers and the results I desire. My point here is that not everyone is able to go full-time with photography for several reasons—but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your passion. Always find a moment, if possible, to keep fostering that creative part of your life. I tend to take my camera with me everywhere when not at work, just in case I see something worth capturing. This image was taken in a parking lot when I saw these gorgeous blooms! Don’t forget that beauty is all around us.
It has been an incredible honor to share some of my favorite images and provide a few photography tips, which I hope were helpful. Thank you to my lab team, PhotoVision, for giving me this platform and opportunity to share my experience. You have all been very instrumental in my journey and the consistent advice you provide is invaluable. I will leave you all with this—you never know your true potential until you push yourself. You may feel the odds are against you, you may be discouraged when you fail, but no one is perfect, no one gets it right the first, second or even the third time—and sometimes we may never get “it” at all, but during the process, you will definitely learn something valuable. Thank you, everyone!
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