In it for the long haul... | An Australian Film Photographer's Journey

Motherhood Session on Film by Northern Beaches Family Photographer, Kylie Mills Photography

Its been a few weeks since I've blogged, but I'm glad to say I've had a lot going on! I've had a few epic sessions with my Contax and planned lots more, I've learned some (often hard) lessons, and I've received some more scans from my lab (yess!!!). I am totally addicted. Yep, completely and utterly obsessed! If only I had a never ending supply of film I would be out there everyday shooting anything and everything. I hope this feeling never goes away...

Anyway, lessons... first and most importantly (and this is seriously hard to admit), it is possible to load film back to front. And I did it last week. I shot a roll of film which I was really excited about, got it home, opened up the back of the camera, and something looked a bit odd- I realised straight away what I'd done. Devastation quickly turned to relief at the fact that this was not a client session, and I had learned a really valuable lesson. And this is what this journey is all about, really. I'm sure its not the last time a roll of film will be lost because of a stupid mistake, but at least hopefully not for the same reason!

I've also learned not to be afraid of over-exposure. The few sessions I've received back have been a bit muddy looking, even though I thought I was overexposing (rating my 400h at 200 and metering for the shadows). I'll be rating at 160 for my next few sessions to see if that gives better results. Coming from digital, where that last 1/2 hour before sunset is absolute gold for lighting, I have to keep reminding myself how light-hungry film is! Starting my sessions 2 hours before sunset is essential if I want that bright and airy look which I love.

I am still sending film to The Find Lab and loving the results, however I've had some contact with Atkins Photo Lab in South Australia this week who tell me they're in the process of acquiring a Frontier scanner which is super exciting!! I can't wait to test out some rolls with them when this happens. The 2 week wait for scans from Find (including shipping time) is sooooooo looonggg! I'd love to find a great fit for me in Australia...