Photography Tips: Shooting Film and Digital

I had last minute travel plans to Singapore with barely two days notice, and with the amazing power of social media, the Wedding Scoop reached out to me and helped me plan this amazing workshop in Singapore. It was incredible how everything came together and how they helped me bring my romantic garden dream to life. Check out the feature in the Wedding Scoop as well as more photos from the workshop attendees!

This post contains both film and digital images.  I often get asked how I edit my digital photos to blend with my film work and here I will share a few tips I have, but before I do, you should know a bit about me as a photographer/business owner to understand my motivation.  My goal is to minimize my post production time (I hate being on the computer), so know that these tips are how I get the look I want, while doing the least amount of work after a shoot.  By minimizing my computer time, I’m able to spend more time shooting and with my family.

Tips for how I edit my digital work to blend in with my film work:

1.  I don’t shoot digital and film at the same time -  it just creates more images to go through and more time to try and match the film and digital exactly (which is unnecessary, in my opinion).  I decide whether film or digital will be the right medium for the situation, and then I usually either shoot entirely film, or entirely digital… or break the shoot into smaller sections.  So in short, if I’m shooting film, I put the digital camera down, and vice versa.

2.  Having a good Lightroom Preset to emulate film saves me a lot of time!  I usually use this Lightroom Preset to look like Fuji film.  These presets get the photos looking good with very minor tweaks (if any), and since I don’t typically shoot it side by side with my film work, I don’t have to nitpick with my editing on matters that don’t necessarily make the photo look better.

3.  Know your craft!  I aim to get it right in camera – exposure, light, composition… No preset or action will make a poor photo amazing.  The more accurate you get your exposure in camera, the less time (if any) you’ll spend in post.  I challenge you to tape the back of your camera and see if you’re able to get the image you want without chimping.  If you shoot in splotchy light, you will get a splotchy photo, so unless that was your intention, you’ll be very frustrated while editing.

I had a wonderful time working with the incredible team at Wedding Scoop and am so impressed how quickly this all came together at the last minute. Thank you for an incredible workshop and this wonderful opportunity to work with all of you!

Hope these will help!  Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments if you have further questions!

Shoot sponsored by The Wedding Scoop  |  Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens  |  Dress by Caramel and Co  |  Flowers by Shop Wonderland  |  Hair & Makeup: Andrea Razali, Indigo Artisans  |  Calligraphy & Sign by Pearlyn and Paper   |  Models: Mandi, Basic Models with her partner, Bryan

* These presets have been a game changer for me.  I used to outsource my post production but after getting these, I can quickly do them on my own now.  I’ll probably still outsource during peak season, but I like having the control now to tweak them myself.  I love these so much that I would promote it for free, but Mastin Labs wants to give me a few bucks if you purchase through the link above, so thanks!

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Propel 2014 Scholarship

propel 2014 workshop and retreat

Yes, a scholarship! I am awarding one seat to our upcoming Propel 2014 Workshop and Retreat. To enter:

1.  Submit an application to Propel 2014. (Skip this step if you already applied.)

2a. Post the above image on Instagram and hashtag #PropelWorkshops and #propelme.  Caption the image with why you want a seat at Propel 2014 and how Propel 2014 can propel you.


2b. Share this link from the Caroline Tran Photographer Facebook page with the same caption & hashtags as above.

Winner will be chosen based on the caption and application, and will receive one seat to our October 2014 Propel (tuition only).  Enter by July 21.  Applications will then be all reviewed that week and acceptance letters will be sent out by the end of the month via email/phone.  No credit for unclaimed/unused scholarship and is nontransferable.

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Propel Retreat 2014

2014 propel retreat dates

2014 propel retreat dates

I am so excited to announce that our 2014 Propel Retreat will be held October 20 to October 23.  I will be releasing more info in the next coming weeks, including our sponsors, location…  I may even do a giveaway for one seat, so follow #propelworkshops and get on the mailing list if you haven’t already!  Folks on the mailing list will be notified first of the giveaway!

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propel photography workshop review | hunter photographic

hunter photographic
“I wanted to take a moment to give you a quick update since Propel.  First, I completely revamped my pricing, which included a major increase… and it’s working! My ability to book clients has not decreased, and those I am booking are solid. Furthermore, the packages include less work, so I will get the double-benefit of more income and less work. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner.”
“On other Propel topics, I have been published a couple times since the retreat… I do have a Knot Magazine feature coming soon. Also, I think I got into the heads of local wedding planners with my portfolio. I’m now getting contacted more frequently by planners for higher-budget weddings. I’m even getting contacted by planners I have never met or marketed to.  Overall, life is good. I just wanted to offer a very sincere thank you.”
Hunter is a Wedding photographer from Cleveland, OH.  See some of Hunter’s beautiful photos from the first Propel Retreat!

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