When it comes to selecting the perfect film stock for your session, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options out there. But when it comes to the five favorite film stocks, there are some clear standouts for me, and it is all based on purpose. Here are my top-five favorite film stocks:
Fujifilm 400h, RIP, is a color negative film stock that has become popular among filmmakers and photographers alike due to its softness and low grain. If Europe was a film, it would be this. This film stock is perfect for capturing subtle colors and soft scenes, making it ideal for outdoor shots. I love it when I am someplace more neutral and classic. It has been my go-to for weddings, and I don’t know what I will do without it. It has been discontinued, so I am hoarding it as long as I can.
Fujifilm Instax probably doesn’t need any introduction, as it is all the rage again (to the point where some couples have their *entire* wedding photographed on this medium). As you know, it is a unique film stock that is perfect for capturing instant photos. This film stock is great for creating a unique, vintage look for your memories. I love this for when I am traveling.
Kodak Ektar is a color negative film stock that is perfect for capturing vivid colors and stunning landscapes. This film stock is great for capturing vivid colors and deep shadows, making it perfect for capturing outdoor scenes. I love this film for when I am someplace super vibrant and where there is going to be a ton of color.
Kodak Portra is a color negative film stock that is perfect for capturing natural skin tones and vibrant colors. This film stock is great for capturing stunning portraits and landscapes. This is my alternative to Fujifilm 400h, as it is similar (not exact, but I can get it pretty close).
Power Flash Single-Use Camera
Power Flash Single-Use Camera is a unique film stock that is perfect for capturing instant photos. This film stock is great for creating a unique, vintage look for your photos. This is just for fun. It brings me back to a simpler time in photographer, and I love hanging out there.
These five film stocks have become my favs due to their vibrancy, low grain, and ability to capture stunning colors and natural skin tones. Whether you’re shooting outdoors or indoors, these five film stocks are sure to capture the perfect image. So if you’re looking to dabble in film and want the best film stock for your next project, consider one of these five favorites.
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!
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