Weekend recharge in Thailand
Hong Kong is quite hectic to live sometimes. We escaped to Thailand for our birthday! Emi Wong and I knew each other since university. We did from engagement style shoot in Hong Kong to her real engagement in Phuket! And surprisingly to know Emi and my birthdays are in January with one day gap. We gather in one of our favourite beaches in Karon Beach in Thailand for the engagement shoot with her cute fiancé Chad.
Last time, we did the engagement shoot in studio with Vera Wang‘s stunning gown in Hong Kong.
Stunning colours from film
Something new this time is we did the shoot on film! Emi has never tried in film and we explored something new each time. They have some questions in mind while I was loading my film: Emi: Why do you use film? Amy: The colour is different! When you look at the skin tone, it’s more accurate.
Emi: What’re the differences between digital and film? Amy: First, light tolerance. For the sunny condition especially in the afternoon in Thailand, it would be way too sunny and the details from the digital data would be lost. But film has the tolerance to be able to keep the details when film can absorb more light to the film for further processing in the film lab. Second, the texture. From digital, the photos would be more flat while for film, the photos would be able to include a rich range of textures and dimension, especially because I use the medium format film camera, in which the film sensor is a lot larger than the full frame camera.
Third, the colour. Skin tone is what we care the most as portrait photographers. We would like to make sure that the photos can reflect and keep the true colours. Plus the colour tones that oringate from film stocks, that couldn’t be manipulated easily.
What do you get after using film? Where do you send to afterwards? Amy: I would then send my film rolls to film labs in the U.S..
Why don’t you do it in Hong Kong? Amy: It’s not as good as those in U.S.! Hong Kong has amateur photo labs while U.S. has professional graded photo labs which they do at least 100 rolls a day yet they can still keep the consistency in colours. Chad: Wao! That’s expensive!
Amy: Yea… But the colour is significantly better. I do have clients who could see the differences, they do value the quality from film and happy to wait a bit longer for the stunning results!
Is there no more digitals in after using film? Amy: There are two steps in film in the digital world nowadays. First, get the film rolls developed in the dark room. Second, scan the negatives to professional film scanners to turn films into digitals (jpg). So you can get films and digitals out from the files!
Photography & Styling | Little Stories – the Moment by Amy Gown | Zaeem Jamal, UK Bridal Shop | Daughter of Eve Boutique, Phuket Hotel | Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery by Sofitel Film | Fujifilm Global Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab With lifestyle & fitness blogger Emi Wong
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Little Stories – the Moment by Amy