Film Friday: Shooting film by Ronan Guillou

Film photography is very much art, there’s lots to see and learn: with time, effort and dedication a photographer can create some amazing images that tell a story.   With film photography the saying ‘pictures speak a thousand words’ really becomes a truth.

Today, Ronan Guillou a photographer from France tells us about his experiences with film photography, shares some of his images and offers us some great hints and tips to get the most out of shooting film.

Enjoy, Lars Fiedler

RonanGuillou-David's Farm, Alabama 2012

Shooting film by Ronan Guillou, France

I’ve been shooting with Kodak negative colour films since I started working as a professional photographer in 1997. Using film doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t want to go with digital. I consider both mediums have their place in photography, depending on the fields of application. For my commissioned works, clients expect an immediate view of what is being shot. Fair enough: digital photography is great for this use. It also allows me and the team I work with to check quickly if what we’ve been doing sticks with the brief.

 

As for the artistic work, I don’t need to instantly see what I just shot. I believe photographers know what they do at the very moment they take a photograph. Above all, what I aim at is high flexibility and freedom in the way I work. The camera I’ve been using for years is a medium format Hasselblad 501cm, mounted with an 80mm lens. My favourite film is Kodak Portra 400/120. That film is just great; it fits perfectly with my expectations.

Ronan Guillou - Meridian, Mississippi 2012

What I like about using film with a medium format camera, especially Kodak Portra 400/120:

- Photographing with film doesn’t require any batteries or connections whatsoever with the camera I use. That particular point gives unlimited autonomy on my trips, which I definitely appreciate. The only battery needed for my work is for the light-meter travelling with me.

- I don’t have to upload pictures daily on a computer, then on a second back-up hard-drive.

- If needed, I can shoot fast without constraint.

- Using medium-format films provides very high resolution results.

- You can speed up Kodak Portra 400 to 800 or 1600 ISO.

- Film is stable, flexible and has great latitudes. In case of wrong exposures, you still have a chance to save your shots.

- Kodak Portra gives consistent and accurate colours, with beautiful and almost invisible grain when it comes to large prints.

- Once they’ve been processed, films are easy to keep safe and easy to archive, with an infinite lifetime.

- They can handle very high or very low outdoor temperatures.

- You don’t want to waste films, which means you need to keep focused on what you do and shoot only when your soul or instinct tell you to do so.

- Exposed correctly, films capture highlight and shadow details in some situations that digital struggles with.

- I think the rendering of the depth of field with film looks great.

Ronan Guillou - Junk Valley, Wyoming 2012

Few tips on using film:

- Most of the time, I use Kodak Portra 400 at its standard rating. Then I ask the lab to push the film at plus one half stop in the process. It brings a slight contrast to the film and makes it a little punchier.

- Or you could rate the Portra 400 at 250 ISO, and process it “normal” at the lab.

- If you have enough room in your fridge, I recommend you store your films in it so they can live a bit longer than the expiration dates.

- It’s better being on the over-exposed than on the under-exposed side.

- Just as for digital, I recommend you organise a back-up with scanning the negatives of your main photographs (in case of unfortunate accidents such as fire or robbery).

- Find a good lab to process your films, and then find a good printing lab. As I live in Paris, Publimod is processing my negatives, and Mupson Lab is doing the prints on the enlarger. I get my films scanned at Picto or Dupon. I believe it’s important to have a close relationship with your lab(s).

- I try to keep in mind the number of frames I have left in the film back.

- Though I know it’s riskless, I always ask my films to be hand-checked instead of going through the X-rays before boarding on a plane.

- Once in a while, I check my camera gear on slow speeds before loading a new roll, so I know if my equipment works properly (speed and f shutters). I had a bad experience one day – the speed shutter was jammed, and I kept shooting for one week without knowing about it – and I don’t want it to happen again!

- Lastly, I’d say taking a good photograph is not related with the ability to see it right after you shot it!

——-

Ronan Guillou

http://www.ronanguillou.com

Ronan Guillou - Trailer Sisters, Alabama 2012

81 thoughts on “Film Friday: Shooting film by Ronan Guillou

  1. s increased tolerance to intoxication involves a couple
    of prominent changes like increase in activity of the central nervous system and increase in the levels of
    liver enzyme that is secreted to break down alcohol.
    Simply because, a specialized lawyer is familiar with the court processes,
    holds the knowledge of plea bargain, and the ability to handle
    complex legal proceedings. If an individual fails to show the positive result then they are charged for driving under the influence (DUI).

    Like

  2. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I
    was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    Like

  3. A hiking trip to the mountains or backpacking in a foreign country is
    now a confident delight, as these panels are here to quell all concerns.
    WP means “Watts Peak” and is the rating given for the total wattage output when the system is operating
    under perfect conditions. Besides the required Do It Yourself skills,
    you also need to know how to site the photovoltaic cells.

    Like

  4. While building a capitol roofing home. In other words, some starter shingles are installed
    overtop the Starter Shingles we just discussed. With the
    addition of a door canopy, and that certain quality standards are maintained.

    Like

  5. It can capitol roofing also survive high wind and can shed
    snow easily. Galvanized Steel Roofing – Pros and ConsAs mentioned above, fiberglass roofing panels that are 33% thicker than the average.
    Please do your own research by following this method: a.
    They are also aware that these roofs have become more mindful nowadays on becoming eco-friendly
    people.

    Like

  6. Just want to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clarity on your post is just cool and that i can suppose you are knowledgeable in this subject.
    Well with your permission allow me to snatch your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks one million and please continue the rewarding work.

    Like

  7. Some materials that rooftops can be made once the conditions outside become less of a material
    like slate. As long as you keep up with a solid
    warranty. Rusting should be treated immediately, before it spreads.

    If you capitol roofing are buying all the supplies and other tools you need to do some research after you have already paid the contractor.
    Asking for support from a respected real estate company like Fort Collins real estate.

    Like

  8. INFOGRAPHIE – 80 nations, 3752 hommes, 54 avions, 36 hlicoptres, 285 vhicules motoriss et 241 chevaux, retrouvez tous les dtails du dfil du 14 Juillet qui aura lieu ce lundi de 10 h 15 11 h 40 sur les Champs-lyses. Retrouvez cet article sur Figaro.frConflit Gaza : Manuel Valls condamne ?fermement? les heurts ParisDrame en Arige : questions sur une entreprise de loisirs en liquidation Le dernier voyage du Costa Concordia Enfant mort dans une colonie : une deuxime famille va porter plainteInscrivez-vous la newsletter du Figaro

    Like

  9. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources
    back to your webpage? My blog site is in the very same niche as yours and my users would really benefit from a
    lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know
    if this ok with you. Thanks a lot!

    Like

  10. The Paleo Diet Rules Out All Trans Fats and Fried Foods.
    In most cases their brains were larger than ours, they were generally taller than we
    are, and they were far more physically fit than most non-athletes are today.
    Place the mixture in a container and place in the freezer.

    Like

  11. I think this is among the most important information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The site style
    is perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

    Like

  12. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website,
    how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account helped me a acceptable deal.
    I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear
    idea

    Like

  13. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up
    and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different
    internet browsers and both show the same results.

    Like

  14. Keeping this three things in mind and become educated to become wise consumer
    and buyer. Professionals engaged in roofing jobs are usually known as roofers.
    If your roof is more durable because: Ice dams in valleys and
    everywhere chimneys on national roofs, capitol roofing mainly those of slate.
    Hence they have become completely obsolete these days.
    If paying a builder be sure to check out guidelines and referrals from the National Roofing Contractors Association, the National
    Association of the Remodeling Industry also offers these questions to ask them.

    Like

  15. We stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward
    to looking over your web page repeatedly.

    Like

  16. You are encouraged to eat as much food as it takes to make you satisfied so
    that you do not suffer from any food cravings.
    The four main recognized immediate causes of acne are the following:.
    Mix until all ingredients are nicely combined and batter thickens.

    Like

  17. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude!
    Thank you, However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I cannot subscribe to it.
    Is there anyone else having the same RSS problems?
    Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond?
    Thanks!!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s