Film photography is something else. I'm happy it's rising again and people are starting to photograph on film again. The main reason I shoot film? Zero stress! I get to enjoy the moment I'm living without worrying if the photo will turn out good yes or no. I take one photo and that's it, the memory is captured and you can continue enjoying the ''real'' moment. That's why on holidays I hardly bring my DSLR and just my film camera. Added bonus: The memory becomes thát much more special. So, to convince you to start shooting film I've made a list of reasons why you should!
1. It's relatively cheap to start.
You can find yourself an analog camera for €25,00 or sometimes even less when you go to good-will! You might even have some badass cameras lying around from your grandparents. Once you know how it works, you can go and look for something more expensive with the features you prefer!
2. Each photo is a moment that gets the love it deserves.
You don't just take 20 photos that are similar. Each photo is precious since you can only take 24 to 36 photos per roll. You will take your time, look at the composition, might not even take the photo and than minutes later you eventually will. You've scanned and observed your surroundings, how special is that!
3. You're more in the moment (in most cases ;))
Because you put so much effort and attention into taking a photo you start to appreciate the moment. Or even take a shitty photo to remember a beautiful time to remember later! I have heaps of photos that might look ''bad'' in other peoples eyes but to me, I get butterflies!
This photo right here for instance is one of those ''photos to keep a memory alive''. This is shot in Schöneben, Italy. In the middle of the winter on top of the mountain at night. Minutes after I took this photo we were snowboarding down to the valley when all of the sudden there were around 50 deer running down the slope to get into a different part of the forest. They didn't seem to notice us and were doing their own thing. Stunning moment!
4. Satisfaction level 1000
After days or sometimes weeks you finally get your developed film back. You might have forgotten what you actually shot or you wonder how it turned out. Once you see you negatives turned into positives it's like christmas. All the emotions will come back to live and you get to relive that moment again. So much more intense than digital photos in my opinion.
5. It creates authenticity and personality.
This is purely objective. I have an old dirty camera I take with me, she's been in the mud, the snow, on the Faroe Islands all the way to NZ. She's pretty rough and the photos aren't perfect and that's why I love it. They have a lot of authenticity and character in them.
This photo down below is taken in Slovakia, where we went on a road-trip to snowboard at different resorts during spring. This is the first holiday I took an analog camera with me and these photos still mean the world to me.
I hope these 5 reasons got you stoked on buying yourself an analog camera or search the attic for your granddad's old one! You won't regret it and I would be STOKED if by shooting film, you get to enjoy the moments even more.
Just a quick reminder that the majority of my fine art prints are shot on film! Have a look in the shop to check them out and see if you can tell which ones are photographed with a DSLR and which ones are film!
Stoked? Here's how to get started!
1. buy yourself an analog camera.
I bought mine (minolta SRT101b) for €25,00 in a camera shop in Arnhem but online secondhand shops (marktplaats, ebay etc.) will have what you're looking for! When you buy your camera, make sure of the following:
- It shouldn't have an eroded battery case (the battery is commonly used for the lightmeter)
- The shutter opens and closes when you click ;)
- You can wind the film up to the next photo without struggles
I prefer having a 50mm 1.7 objective on my camera and this is the only lens I use. The reason I only have one lens: I never have to change it and I know what I have, so I'll just put in a little bit more effort by walking back and forth if I want to capture something up close or far away.
2. Get yourself a roll of film.
Even though it has become harder, they're usually available in the pharmacy, if not, there's always google to help you! Make sure you buy a roll of film with the right ISO. I usually buy ISO 200 because I mainly shoot in daylight. Sometimes I go and check out www.flickr.com and type in the type of film I want to buy, here you can see what other people shot on the same film.
3. Yay! The fun can begin.
Put the film in your camera and start photographing! Let me know how you go and when in doubt, ask!