REDEFINE | FILM PHOTOGRAPHY featuring Maria Manco Photography

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“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “

Why are you passionate about film photography?
In a world where everything is instant I love having the delayed gratification of waiting for my film to be developed and scanned to see my results. Film has made me SLOW down, really wait for the moment and be intentional with what I shoot and when I click the shutter. Most importantly, I feel like film has given me my life back. Because I am not spending hours on my computer culling and editing 100s of photos at a time, I have time to do the other things I love to do – read, exercise, SLEEP!, and most importantly, be more present with my kids.

When did your love for film start, before or after digital?
After. I started film photography this past May and fell madly in love with it.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to start shooting film?
From the get-go, before I even shot my first roll, I signed up for the Embrace the Grain workshop. It gave me the solid foundation needed to hit the ground running and minimize my mistakes. I really recommend taking a class or getting a lesson from another photographer from the very beginning. There is a lot to figure out with film and it can seem foreign and difficult at first, but once you start you realize it’s not as bad as you initially thought.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?
Slowing down. With digital it is so easy to shoot hundreds of photos of one session or family outing. I would even easily shoot 20-30 photos of my kids coloring in one sitting. With film you need to plan out your shot, think though your settings, your composition, and wait for the right moment. You don’t want to take multiple photos of the same scene, that is wasting money and makes for a boring scan day. You need to get used to taking one or two shots and putting the camera down.

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About the photographer:
I am a natural light lifestyle photographer in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a stay-at-home who found my passion for photography after my first child was born 5 years ago. I love capturing the every day moments and connections of family and home.
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