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35mm Portrait with Paul C. Buff

Matt PittmanComment
35mm Portrait with Paul C. Buff

I'm not really sure where to begin with this one. I feel like I just hit the next level in my pursuit to create something unique that fulfills me creatively on all levels.

A couple fun facts: I just picked up a Voigtlander Bessa R2A and Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2. With this new camera I have the idea to start shooting portraits with strobe. This is the first round of what that looks like. 

So... I went to Imaging USA in Nashville, TN and connected with the Paul C. Buff crew. Come to find out, they had a photo walk planned with Jeff Carpenter of Ready Light Media. I signed up for that and used the opportunity to play with this new idea.  Ok, I say "new" idea loosely because really, I reverse engineered portraits to the days of film, but using baller new lighting by Paul C. Buff. These two shots were captured with the Voigtlander Bessa R2A | Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2 | Kodak Ektar 100

I'll really begin to understand the different tones in different films after a few rolls shooting portraits with strobe. I have a good idea of what film serves me best on the street, but shooting portraits and dialing in skin tones is a totally different ball game. My next round of 35mm film portraits will be captured with Fuji 400H. It will be a bit more purple vs. the orange of the Ektar, but really, Ektar is better for landscape than portrait, but what I had in my camera at the time. 

I hope this gets you pumped and motivates you to push your film use OR to just start shooting film in general. Film provides so many different affordable shooting styles and will teach patience to nab the best shot you can via a classic medium that's going nowhere but up.