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– So, we just got a new studio space, and we’ve been so busy with it that we forgot to come up with an idea for this week’s video.
(booing) So, it’s a creative
community, so let’s see if we can just knock on some doors and see if somebody will help us out. (knocks on door) (door opens) How are you, Sergio? – Hey, what’s up? – Do you wanna be in our video? – Oh, no thank you.
(booing) (knocks on door) (door opens) – Oh, hey, Sam Elkins, do you wanna be in our video this week? – Let’s do it.
(applause) (cheerful music) (zips bag) – (Sam) The reason I like shooting film is it’s a much more in-the-moment
process that makes you slow down and put
thought into each shot as opposed to taking hundreds of photos on a digital camera trying
to get that perfect shot. Today we’re shooting with
three different film cameras. I have my Pentax 67,
Mamiya 7II, and Contax T2. – Does anyone have a camera here? – [Sam] The Pentax and Mamiya shoot both medium format 6×7 film,
which means that the sensor is bigger than your
typical full-frame camera. So, the resolution that you get on your film scans really shows. Medium format is much more expensive and not generally for everyday use. You shoot 10 shots on a 6×7 camera as opposed to 36 on a standard 35 mm roll. I tend to reserve shooting
medium format for portraits or shots where the extra
resolution will benefit me, such as having large prints made. Between the Pentax and the Mamiya, the Mamiya is widely
known as the best travel and landscape medium format camera. It’s compact and lightweight with a minimum focusing distance
of three feet limits it from taking intimate
close-up portraits the clunky, heavier Pentax is well-know for. (cheerful music) For an everyday walking around
camera there’s no camera I’d recommend more than the Contax T2. It’s small, compact, and
handles all the mechanics for you such as winding,
setting the speed of the film, and shutter speed
adjustments so you can focus on the composition of the photo. (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) We’re here in Venice Beach, and I’m going to be shooting portraits on all three cameras of my friend Matthew. We’re using three popular film stocks, Kodak Portra 160, 400, and 800. Portra is great because
it’s really forgiving if you under or over-expose your image, which can happen a lot if you don’t have a built-in light meter for your camera. Portra is also really well-known
for accurate skin tones as opposed to other film stocks. (camera shutter) (camera shutter) (camera shutter) (camera shutter) (camera shutter) (cheerful music) (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) (camera shutter and film wind) (upbeat music) – Thanks to Skillshare
for sponsoring this video. If you like learning about
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description to get started today. (beep) – (Sam) And to recap, if
you’re in a creative rut with photography or
just want a new approach to photography in
general, film can provide you with a new way of seeing things. All cameras we used today
are on the expensive side, but I started shooting
out on an 80 dollar set-up and worked my way up as I progressed. Try experimenting with
different film stocks to see which one you like
best for your photography, and I’m excited to see
what photos you guys take. (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “Film Photography with Sam Elkins

  1. Why does everyone that shoots film say, that it makes them slow down. You know that you can and should take your time when you're shooting digital, too.

  2. I love shooting film, I have a Leica M2, whenever i get stuck creatively I grab it with some film and head out. Interestingly i always seem to get my best results with it. Youcan check some London Leica Awesomeness here –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL1n-fDb7mg

  3. Like the idea of shooting film, maybe we should all slow down with digital though and focus on getting the best shot rather than spending hours sifting through photos after the fact.

  4. I love my film photography but best of all for me is the darkroom, I’d rather spend 10 hours in there over 10 minutes in Lightroom. My only MF camera is my Bronica ETRSi which is a 645 camera so I get 15 images, but I still get a decent scan about 3x bigger than a FF camera. My favourite camera of all mine, both digital and analogue is my Zorki 4K, and it’s also my cheapest £50 including a Jupiter 8 lens and P&P, its usually loaded with HP5+. I only have a 35mm B/W enlarger But I can spend hours playing with it. I do all my own developing which is a massive part of the creativity of film. Superb video, not quite as good as seeing get married, but still pretty damned good.

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  6. I was literally just thinking about buying a film camera when this video popped up!

    What's a couple cheap-mid range priced film cameras you could recommend??

  7. So cool) Would like to see tips and tricks of shooting film) Since sometimes its harder to get that perfect shot on film camera, than on digital one !

  8. Sam is a boss, love both his film and digital photography. Definitely been inspired recently to get a film camera.

  9. Basically the 3 most hyped film cameras currently as well as the most hyped film stock ever.
    I'd say everything but the T2 is justified lol.

  10. Oh my bank account on that roll 💔 .
    Well I use Portra just for special occasion and tend to use more Kodak Gold 200 because it's cheap. But hey. If you are good, then equipment doesn't matter. Art is not defined by price. But to create a superb art, price do tend to play a roll a little bit.

  11. For those who wanna shoot film but doesn’t have a camera, ask your relatives if someone has one from when they were younger, i use the camera that my dad used in the 90’s, film is not dead 🙂

  12. I have my dads old film camera but no idea how to use it. Its on my list to take it to a shop and get it looked at so i can start using it 🙂

  13. Sam's compositions in here are kinda strange tbh, so much space left over the head of the model and hands cropped without any specific reason

  14. IM SO LOST how do you get the pictures that you took on the film camera!!? do you guys have a dark room or do u send it somewhere? i have a film camera but i don’t know how to my pictures off

  15. I just got a yashica t4 super a month ago and it rocks, but I have yet to try colour in it, but I am sure it be stellar. Great video keep them coming.

  16. Cool video to watch as I never had the opportunity to shoot film.. i started digital and stayed digital. I can only imagine the costs of film and processing it.

  17. A little bit of story telling about me and my hobbies. Check it out it's my first video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5JGafpi1ys&t=22s

  18. Can anyone help me please.
    Which camera should I buy for photography (realestate photography, landscape and portraits.
    Thanks

  19. FILM CAMERA'S AREA DEAD!!!! the people that will probably go get a film camera now is fucking hilarious cause they wont take the time to then learn how to develop in a dark room for hours on end and instead take them to CVS or Walgreens to have them printed out in a hour.. The real question now is DSLR or MIRRORLESS?

  20. the photos had like a nice filter on it. is that the way the wuality of the camera is or did he add that after, because if its just like that i like it

  21. Oh man… cool channel. I love the vibe. I also have a small channel about film photography and your channel is an inspiration.

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