TOP FIVE REASONS I STILL SHOOT FILM:
1. A LIMITED NUMBER OF SHOTS For a 6x6 roll of 120 film I only get 12 tries to make a compelling image. Yes, twelve. This makes me sloooow doooown and really consider what’s in the frame and how I’m going to light the scene for every frame. And, in turn, a more specific photo.
2. YOU CAN’T PREVIEW WHAT YOU’RE DOING ON THE BACK OF THE CAMERA. Until I get the film back from the lab, I’m never 100% sure what I got. As a result, I don’t divide my attention between my subject and the back of the camera during the shoot. I have to use a light meter to gauge exposure.
3. SCANNING NEGATIVES IS VERY DIFFICULT. At least for me. The difficulty lies in color correction. When I scan a negative the colors aren’t always true and it’s my job to move things around until I’m satisfied with the result. This has helped to improve my eye for color VASTLY. And, since I’m not a female, (women discern colors far better than men) I need all the help I can get :-)
4. HUMANS LOOK MORE HUMAN ON FILM. I can’t explain it further than I feel I’m looking at a real person and not a photograph.
5. MY DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS GOTTEN MUCH BETTER AS A RESULT OF SHOOTING FILM. After shooting film for a bit, when I pick up my digital camera again, I’m a much better photographer. I’m more patient, engaged, specific and methodic.
Now go grab yourself an inexpensive medium format film camera and shoot some film!
This photo was made on the Mamiya C3 Camera with Fujichrome Velvia film in Brooklyn, NY.