instant film couple session at Union Station in Washington, DC | Washington, DC engagement photographer - Kenneth Jackson

June 25, 2016: instant film couple session at Union Station in Washington, DC

I got a chance to shoot my first instant film couple session last weekend.  Taylor, Shaun, and I explored Union Station together for an hour and a half early Saturday morning.  With the columns and the wide open great hall, it's one of my favorite places in Washington, DC.  Taylor and Shaun warmed up to the camera quickly and contributed some cool posing ideas of their own.

I feel like I've grown a ton since I first started shooting portraits with Instax (Fujifilm's brand of instant film).  My two cameras are perfect compliments to each other.  The Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide is great when I want a little background blur (also known as bokeh) or a slow shutter speed.  The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is a little sharper and easier to focus well.

I have a few goals moving forward to make these instant film sessions even better.

1.  Nail down exposure.  Both cameras have buttons that allow you to compensate if your photos are coming out too dark or too bright.

2.  Correct the blue tint in photos shot in the shade.  I bought a yellow filter recently that I can attach to the front of the Lomo'Instant's lens.  I haven't tried it yet, but I think it's gonna make a big difference.

3.  Frame shots more carefully.  This is tricky because, unlike most digital cameras, the viewfinder on most instant cameras doesn't show you exactly what the lens sees.  It's gonna take more practice to learn how to adjust the composition reliably.

Are you interested in an instant film portrait session?  I offer them for individuals and couples.  Please check out this blog post and email kenneth@jxnphoto.com to get things crack-a-lackin'!


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