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5 reasons why Fall is the best season for film photography

While we love shooting film year round, Fall is undeniably our favorite season for film photography. Autumn’s not all spiced lattes and hot chocolates, it’s the season for new styles and changing colors – add a touch of photography to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for warm and cozy images. Here are the 5 reasons we like shooting film in Autumn the most.

1. The Fall Colors

Everyone knows how beautiful Fall is for landscape photography, but we love it especially for a adding a dash of color to our portraits. Some of our favorite film photographers, like Mariam Sitchinava, use natural surroundings for their portrait photography, and are experts at blending their subjects with the warm autumn hues.

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Film Palette: Red

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If summer is the season for minimalism, Fall is the best time for images saturated with warm reds, bright yellows, and comfy oranges. We love how Kodak Portra 400 brings out these warm tones, but we also love shooting with transparency film this time of year so we can see the color pop out of our film.

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All the colors of autumn in one leaf-filled puddle.

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2. The Stylish Outfits

Summer has come and gone and now it’s time to break out your fall wardrobe. It’s an exciting time for photographers who are ready to mix it up after a long season of bathing suits and tank tops. The fall colors make it easy to mix and match items hidden inside your closet. We’re always inspired by Louisa Chalatashvili’s style. Be sure to check out her Insta for some creative ideas to get the most out of your wardrobe.

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@b.e.s.s.a.r.i.o.n SS18

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We prefer Portra 160 and Kodak Gold 200 for our fall portraits. Check out this great Pinterest board for the latest in Fall fashion to help guide your next photoshoot.

3. The Soft Light

Is it just us or is the light in Autumn the best for capturing memorable moments and gorgeous landscapes? Kodak Ektar 100 and Kodak Ektachrome are some of our favorite film stocks for capturing fall landscapes and the soft light that fills our frames. Alex Burke might be one of our absolute favorite landscape photographers. Working in the American midwest and Rocky Mountain ranges, Burke’s photography captures the essence of the season.

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I've got 99 poplars but a birch ain't one. 🍂

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4. The Whacky Costumes

It’s not just Halloween that brings out the costumes, but colder weather often gets photographers back into the studio after a lengthy period of shooting outside. While we love natural light and outdoor portraits, there’s something extra cool about doing a project in a studio space – especially when you mix that with great outfits and creative ideas like this series from Dzhaba Kurtishvili.

5. The Unpredictable Weather

In Fall the weather can change at any moment. After a long summer of bright and sunny days, we love that Autumn brings with it the unpredictable joy of changing scenery. From foggy mornings, to crisp evenings, there’s no better time for people to get outside and let Mother Nature set the stage for our photography.

What are your favorite reasons to shoot film in Fall? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading and be sure to participate in our #MagnoliaLovesFall challenge for your chance to win a darkroom workshop with our master printer, Tom Pinnegar, and some of your favorite film. Check out our instagram page for all the deets.

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