When I tell people that I am shooting film these days, almost all of them look at me like I'm absolutely crazy! I get comments like "Don't you know they came out with digital so you don't have to deal with that stuff anymore?" or "Isn't that like moving backwards?" But film is a beautiful thing.
Here are just a few reasons why I decided to shoot film:
- Firstly, I am totally in love with the way film looks. The colors, the light, the tones, and the grain are all to die for! I'm confident that you will see that as you follow our blog circle and see some of these amazing photos! According to Jonathan Canlas, the "bokeh is so buttery you'd swear it belongs on your toast." :)
- I also wanted to shoot film as an exercise to improve my skills. There's no looking at the back of your camera or depending on your raw data with film.
- It's less work editing. When you shoot film nowadays, you send it in to a lab to be developed and scanned. Well, unless you are developing yourself, but I'm not going to try that yet! But yes, you read that correctly - they scan the images and send you a digital copy, just like your digital photos. So I have the best of both world in shooting film and still having digital files. But the majority of the things I edit in post processing with digital has already been done for me at the lab.
- It makes me shoot with purpose. Since I have to pay for rolls of film and developing, each frame that I shoot costs me money. That means that I am a lot less likely to waste shots by taking 15 frames of the same subject or by not checking my settings carefully.