January: A week of film photographs

Repeat after me. Once again. Thou shalt not underexpose film. Also, do not shoot wide open if you are having trouble seeing focus through a dim viewfinder. There are your 2 cents worth of photography tips for the day. ;)

I struggle a bit with whether or not I should be posting images that make it very evident that I don’t “know it all.” Shouldn’t I present a united and polished brand that proves my unshakable skill at all things photography, if I claim to be a photography educator? These images do show I understand light (thankfully, directionality and quality of light is unchanged by what type of gear you shoot it with) but there are undeniable errors in metering and focus. Ultimately, I’ve decided that it is more important to be real. I remember starting out with my first DSLR and feeling hopelessly alone and frustrated with how slow I was progressing. I’d look at the blogs of photographers who had been shooting longer then me and feel like I’d never achieve the level of skill and artistry that they had. Over the years that I’ve been involved in the world of photography,  I’ve realized that my perception of others as inerrant was completely false. Everyone makes mistakes and fails in their imagery. If they don’t- they’re not growing. Some people choose not to show their fledgling work, which is a completely valid choice, but I’ve decided to share my process of learning film photography, just as it is- flawed, pretty and all. I hope that you, wherever you are in your photography work, can find encouragement in my honesty and know that you are most certainly not alone.

Onward and upward! (Fuji400h, Nikon Fe, 50mm 1.8)

front porch fuji 400h film photo shot on nikon fe by megan cieloha photography child in van on fuji 400h film photo shot on nikon fe by megan cieloha photography child's feet under dining room table fuji 400h film photo shot on nikon fe by megan cieloha photography man studies computer in front of christmas tree fuji 400h film photo shot on nikon fe by megan cieloha photography boy in kitchen in out of focus image with foreground framing on fuji 400h film photo shot on nikon fe by megan cieloha photography

(PS- The February run of Mastering Natural Light Indoors starts on Monday. Come spend 4 weeks learning about, identifying and working on how to use indoor light. Click *here* to learn more.)

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