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Why I am getting back into film photography

May 1, 2017

Film photography is out, so you thought. In this digital, high-tech era, why am I and so many other photographers getting back into film photography? Isn’t digital easier (and cheaper)?

For me it is all about slowing down to get the shot. You have to know exactly what you are doing and know exactly what you want from the shot before you take it with film. You have to know your camera well and exactly how to set it. With digital, you can look at the back of your camera and try again. When I slow down, I really have to create the shot. I have to think, not just snap away hoping for a good one out of many.

fine art film photographer with a Pentax 645

It seems like this takes more time and is counterproductive to a quick workflow but it is actually faster. Film has a “feel” to it and doesn’t need editing, you just buy the film that will give you the look you want. Then I just have to send it off to the lab and receive the scans and I’m done! No countless hours spent in front of the computer. Also when I slow down to get the shot, instead of getting quite a few pretty good photos, I get a select few great photos.

Film also has a different feel to it. It has a grain, texture, and color different from digital. Sure digital can look like film, but it’s just not the same as film. Film has a soft romantic feel, it’s timeless. It’s hard to explain until you shoot it yourself or have your photos shot on film.

I highly encourage you to try film, whether you are a photographer or someone to be photographed!

Fuji 400H film photography of a couple in Omaha, NE

Comments

[…] Film photography is a dying art that myself & many others are trying to bring back to life. By the way, didn’t Ashley do a great job on my headshots? And just in case you were wondering, yes they were shot on film. Ashley is another photographer who inspires me & she does A LOT of film photography. […]

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