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For those who like learning about film: This was a “hybrid shoot” with a digital camera (5D III) and a film camera (Contax 645). Because the Contax 645 shoots medium format film where each frame is 6″x4.5″ (hence the name Contax 645), anything with a 6:4.5 aspect ratio (or 3:4) is film. Anything that is 2:3 in this shoot is digital. I like making film and digital flow well together. What is funny is how long it takes in editing to get the digital pictures to flow well with film, while I spent zero time editing the film pictures. Both mediums have their merits though. I get more spontaneous moments on digital when I blast three shots in a row during a sweet moment. I am not concerned with overshooting and therefore I can catch the split second moment that I may have not otherwise shot on film. On film, I tend to only shoot when I know it will be good because each shot costs money. In effect, nearly all of my film pictures look awesome, require very little sorting or editing, but with digital, I may catch something special. More and more I am learning to catch these moments on film, learning to anticipate them in ways I haven’t had to when shooting only digital. Shooting film is forcing me to be a better photographer, and I love it. I will probably never abandon digital all together though, because I love pushing the front edge of technology to make art, and like I said it has many merits of its own for photography, not even considering the many terabytes of HD home videos I have shot on our 5D. Those are priceless memories that I could not have gotten on film.

Jordin and I are planning an overseas trip this winter, and I will probably bring my 35mm rangefinder (Zeiss Ikon ZM) for most photos and our 5D for home videos around the place we stay. This has been my latest “go-to” for our personal work, and I usually also bring the Contax 645 to engagements and weddings for the big pretty smeary pictures. For styled shoots, I typically shoot all film (Zeiss Ikon + Contax645 + EOS-3).

All the film in this shoot is Kodak Portra 400.

  • September 12, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Rebecca Kallen Murden - love the shoot, and the description too! Thanks Curtis Wiklund! Where are will you be overseas?ReplyCancel

It may not be quite as hip to reference Kinfolk now that we’re all aware and obsessed, but at the time that we met Shauna and Alex, Kinfolk was in its infancy and had yet to see the likes of an Anthropologie shelf. I had happened to have already heard of the light-inspired group of small-gathering artists when some west coast friends began doing shoots for them. When Shauna sheepishly mentioned the little-known magazine as a point of inspiration for her wedding, the four of us clicked on a mutual love of small gatherings, enjoying friends’ company over good food, and a love of natural light and 35mm and medium format film. Shauna trickles her inspiration tumblr with some of her own photography, which is beautiful. I love shooting for like-minded artists. Shauna and Alex are a joy. I am sure I will be incorporating into their wedding as many rolls of film as I can afford (of course along with the usual digital getup… for the time being *wink wink*).

Meet Shauna and Alex:

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  • June 19, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Bryana Riutta - Do you use already made presets to make your images look filmy or how do you do it! Because they are seriously amazing…ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Jeffery Ho - Excuse me, what kind of preset did you use for the above pictures?ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Curtis Wiklund Photography - Thanks Bryana! When I’m not actually shooting film, I use VSCO Film for Lightroom. Check it out! Lately, I’ve been liking the Portra 400 preset for color and Tri-X 400+ for bw. It can take some tweaking to get the presets exactly how you like them.ReplyCancel

A peek into Chris and Sasha’s engagement pics. We can’t wait for their wedding!

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We LOVE this shoot. Enough said.
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  • June 8, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Brian Wolfe - Curtis, this shoot is fantastic. I love the documentary feel because you have the couple engaging in an activity for 70% of the shots.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    Curtis Wiklund - Thanks Brian! This shoot was a blast.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    Vanessa Lucius - Wow, I love these! A little weird because I don’t know the couple, but I love your photos and I love any farmers market–especially reminders of good ol detroit;).ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2014 - 4:08 am

    Apiwat Singharach - i like this so mush, so It’s inspiring to me.ReplyCancel

Our best friends in the world just got back from their honeymoon and moved to Chicago today. Ugh. Change.
We made them a guest sign-in book for their wedding from the engagement shoot we did together. Here’s the wrap-around cover:More of their engagement shoot pictures can be seen in our gallery.