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Shannon Moffit

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.

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.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀⁠

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.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings at Verits Winery in Virginia.⠀⁠

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.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings in Florida.⠀⁠

@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.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Verits Winery in Virginia.⠀⁠

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Lesson Five, *Movement* 💃: I have shot plenty of moving objects digitally, but on film, the result is like sitting on a private beach at sunset with Channing Tatum giving you a back massage . . . pure bliss. Movement can render like paint tossed beautifully across a canvas, it is just heavenly. After many failed attempts at capturing movement with film (see Lesson Three and my “rejects” folder in Lightroom), my most successful spinning shot has been at 1/8th of a second, while leaning the camera on a table.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀⁠

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Lesson Six, *1/8th of a Second* 🌸: To expand on the topic of slow shutter speed, I have learned that film has an uncanny ability to pull through when it is dark and create beautiful images at 1/8th. Ask me to take a photo with my digital camera at 1/8th, and you will get a *very* blurry photo. Film wins the handheld, slow-shutter-speed race every time. This shot was taken while holding my breath and slowly rolling my finger on the shutter button.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Seven, *Close-up Rings* 💍: I have learned a few things about close-ups since shooting film. One, it is nearly impossible to get a sharp photo at f/2 with a Hoya filter (see my “rejects” folder in Lightroom) and two, it’s best to err on the side of overexposing when using a filter. The Hoya macro filter works just like a 90mm or 105mm macro lens, which are typically used for close-ups or portraits. This was taken on a Contax645 through a #Zeiss80mm at f/4 with a +2 Hoya macro filter, and then cropped closer in Lightroom.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Eight, *Metering* 📷: This photo is from a personal project I did at the beginning of my film journey to explore #metering. I did not fully understand the difference between metering for shadows vs. highlights until this shoot. This image resulted from metering for highlights on the low, camera-right shoulder, bulb out, pointing back at the camera. (This image is part of a series that was featured in #RangefinderMagazine for their 2015 Photo Annual Awards.)

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Nine, *Travel with Film* 🌎: Just last year I started taking my Contax with me when I travel (since it is *such* a light camera), and I have really loved how photos of architecture and environments look on film through an 80mm lens. Since there is less pressure when you shoot buildings vs. paying clients, I have been able to experiment with exposures, push processing and filters, which has really helped me master the technical side of shooting film.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Miami, Florida.⠀

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Lesson Ten, *Black + White* 🖤: I first learned photography in 2010, with a 35mm Canon AE-1 and 40 rolls of Kodak Tri-X. Since switching to digital, and then adding medium format to my bag of tricks, I never really thought about using the Contax to shoot black + white. (I assumed I would just convert color to b+w in post, like I do digitally.) This was one of the first rolls I shot on #Ilford3200, and the grain and richness in the lights and darks are magical unicorn status. 🦄 I highly recommend trying out a few rolls of #Ilfordfilm if you have not.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Eleven, *Sun Placement* ☀: As with digital photography, placing the sun just outside your lens’ field of view can make a hazy, flare-filled, low-contrast image look a lot better (unless you are doing it on purpose, of course). In this image, I metered the white dress bulb out, facing my camera. Before clicking the shutter, I moved my body to the left to make sure I was not getting any direct sun in my lens.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Twelve, *Closeups of People* 👰: Macro filters can be used for other subjects besides rings. This is a close-up portrait shot using a Hoya +2 filter during a branding shoot for The Hybrid Atelier!

Thank you again for tuning in to my #pvtakeover. “Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.” 😉

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Richmond, Virginia.


Brian Whitt + PV Takeover +Day 2

PhotoVision Team


@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: Trusting wholeheartedly in others has always been a challenging experience for me. I am a total perfectionist at my core, and have wanted executive control over team projects since probably the first grade. That said, I have learned over the years that the most amazing shoots—beyond your wildest dreams—can come true when you fully trust in another’s creative vision to augment your own. I seemed to have this immediate trust and respect for my friend @ponderosa_and_thyme’s work after the first time we spoke. Katie is a wildly talented and creative florist who always seems to create arrangements with a little piece of her soul in them. This is one of my favorite arrangements by her. She didn't need my permission to create this beauty, and I didn’t want to try to have her create something in my mind. Rather, my trust in Katie hopefully helped in creating an environment where she felt comfortable to totally let loose creatively and follow her inspiration in the moment. Honestly, she would have done it anyway because that’s just how she rolls. 🙂 As creatives working together, I believe we have to champion each other to be brave and believe in our artistic visions.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #portra800 #portland #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @weddingsparrow @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz
 

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: I was totally honored when @mespetitesdentelles asked me to photograph her lookbook on the Oregon Coast. She designs these exquisite robes and is based in France. We have never met in person and have only corresponded via email to this day. I wanted to be certain the images our team created in Oregon would capture her heart and vision, to inspire brides in France with her lovely robes. Talk. About. Pressure! For me, when the pressure’s on, it's all about believing in yourself, your skills and most of all, your team, to create something incredible. This was also one of my first times pushing film for a client (Fuji400h +1) and I was over the moon about the results.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #oregoncoast #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @ckennedybeauty @ponderosa_and_thyme @natasarafinchan @magnoliarouge @fujifilm_northamerica

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@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: Allow for time to try new things. It can be uncomfortable trying something new—you’re risking that it will go sideways or be incredible. But one thing is for sure, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone as a creative will always pay off because you will learn something new. Here is a portrait of @jangles3 using Delta3200 just minutes after sunset. Playing with new film stocks and exploring outside of your norm will help you stay fresh as an artist. I have found it is so important to plan for personal projects, or even just a few minutes of personal work during a shoot, these moments are the ones that feed you fresh energy. When I get my scans back from PhotoVision, I like to reflect on how the images make me feel—what did I learn about the film, the lighting, etc.? Recognizing the feelings and “look” I get from a specific film stock empowers me to incorporate that film into my next wedding or project. On wedding days, I often bring a borderline obnoxious amount of film along because nobody fully knows how the day is going to pan out, how much light will be available and what the vibe will be. Whenever we change locations, I will pick my film stock based off of what will best compliment that scene and create a cohesive look with the rest of my clients’ images. It’s in the moments of trying something new that I learn. 

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #delta3200 #columbiarivergorge #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ilfordfilm #ilfordphoto @shannonvoneschen @elizabethdye @austieeckley @ponderosa_and_thyme @option_models @ilfordphoto

Heather Hawkins + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

@heatherhawkins Takeover Day 2: Depth, density and rich colors are the result of correct exposure and a wise lab. Fuji + PhotoVision is an exceptional combination that helps me deliver a detail shot like this, all while maintaining highlights and giving the image a softer feel. I like to shoot tablescape details in open shade if possible, and always ask the florist which arrangement is his or her favorite, so I can focus on that particular one.

#pvtakeover #heathersvision #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #neworleans #louisiana #photovisionprints #sp3000 @bowsandarrowsflowers @geraldinemagazine @fujifilm_northamerica

 

@heatherhawkins Takeover Day 2: Dallas, Texas doesn’t have an abundance of lavender fields or foggy coasts, so sometimes you have to get creative and shoot in your own bathroom! For this “getting ready” image, @bowsandarrowsflowers foraged greenery from my backyard, @kylieswanson styled a simple wedding gown and the model, @alexeatsplants_,wore my grandmother’s onyx ring. Sometimes less is more! This was shot with a 1/8 second shutter speed on a Contax 645 with a Zeiss 80mm on Fuji 400. I always have a tripod with me for low light situations such as this!

#pvtakeover #heathersvision #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #dallas #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #lazylocationscout @samanthalandis @samuellecouture @oncewed @weddingsparrow @fujifilme_northamerica

Laura Gordon + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

Hi! @lauragordon here and I'm so excited to be taking over PV’s Instagram! I'm honored to be a part of this, as PhotoVision has been a huge support throughout my career and I feel so thankful to work with them. For the next couple of days, I will be sharing some of my favorite images . . .  I grew up in a family enthralled with antiques and design—my grandmother was an antique appraiser, and I went to school to become an Interior Designer. My background with antiques and design have led me to be deeply inspired by European architecture & history, specifically early Swedish and French design, with its muted palette and soft romantic details. Once I became a photographer, the first place I traveled internationally was France . . . it was a turning point in my career, opening so many doors.


#laurasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #france #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @chateaumoissacbellevue @pearlandgodiva @weddingsparrow @bellauniquebeauty @caoimheodwer @fujifilm_northamerica

 

For each and every couple I work with, it is so important that I create a beautiful narrative that is uniquely theirs. I want my work to be relevant 10 years from now and as simple as possible, I don’t want to do anything that will date my images. I work off of my clients’ energy to document pure emotion through traditional portraiture by peeling back the layers of a scene, as opposed to posing one. I long to craft thoughtful imagery that is classic and timeless with a nostalgic quality.


@lauragordon #laurasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #rome #italy #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @borgoditragliata @paolo_sebastian @houseofhannahevents @fujifilm_northamerica