Welcome to a brand new year! Everything is shiny new and ready to experience. Is the new year the time to pick up an old film camera and improve your photography? I think the answer should be a resounding YES!
What Was Once Old Is Now New
I know that's a weird question but I think it's a valid one. The New Year always gets us thinking about doing things better and trying something new. I'm here to suggest that if you are passionate about photography and haven't ever (or in a vary long time) captured images with a film camera, then I want to suggesting that you seriously think about it. There are several reasons I make this recommendation. Not the least of which is:
Shooting A Vintage Film Camera Will Improve Your Photography
Film cameras are a different beast than digital cameras. Those differences can help you improve your photographic skill-set. In the last year of shooting film cameras in addition to digital, I have become a better photographer in several ways. I feel pretty confident that if you make the investment in film photography you will experience these same key benefits:
- You are forced to slow down: Shooting a film camera means that in almost any situation you will be forced to slow down and pay more attention to what you are doing
- Cost is a factor every time you press the shutter: This is a very important benefit. Film cameras cost hard-earned dollars every time you press the shutter. There's no re-usable 128 gig SD cards with an "old skool" film camera, so every image matters.
- You have to be adaptable and flexible. With a film camera, there's no switching ISO from 100 to 25,000 in the middle of a roll of film. This means that you have to plan ahead and learn how to deal with surprises.
- You will have a greater appreciation for your images: Because of the extra effort involved in film photography, every image you capture will be more valuable.
- You will be part of the "cool crowd" :-) This is an important point because if you take on the challenge of shooting with a film camera, especially an older vintage camera like the Rolleicord, you will attract some attention. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about photography i general and film photography in particular.
I hope this has inspired you to at least consider the benefits you will receive when you introduce a film camera into your photography. I have realized a lot of benefit and I bet you will as well.
Stay tuned for the next episodes where I will go into more detail on some suggested first film cameras and my tips for purchasing a film camera online. Until then...
Happy New Year and Happy Shooting!
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