Fixed Look

In the epoch before digital, when I shot only film, all of my work was on transparency stock. That’s a fancy way to say slide film. Unlike negatives, these were positive images.

Once the film was developed, my job was mostly done. Making prints for commercial work was not necessary. Furthermore, the “look” was fixed.

The disadvantage was that there was no room for error. That meant every exposure had to be perfect or the end result wasn’t usable.

Since that was all I knew, I adapted. Out of necessity, my craft was at an exceptionally high level.

In the digital world of today, it’s almost impossible to overexpose or underexpose a digital file. I know this because I’ve made plenty of mistakes that were easily fixed with software.

Luckily this portrait from a St. Louis session didn’t need any help after the fact.

That’s all due to the subject and her fixed look.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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