Film Photography: Why You Should Try It Out

So I am guessing not lots of of you guys are using film cameras these days. The few of you who are, lovely for you! This dying type of photography is still magical to me. I recently got in to it again, on the sideline, and I definitely think it is helped me as a photographer in general. Knowing that you cannot get an instant preview of your picture makes you concentrate harder on your composition, exposure, and all other aspects of taking a photograph. The manual SLR that I am using makes me concentrate even harder, focusing and exposing by hand, and as lots of people have already said, thinking about a photograph BEFORE you take it often ends in a much better shot. In addition, using a prime (fixed focal length) lens makes you concentrate even more! For more help you can also search video production company on the internet.

You could be using a vintage Leica rangefinder from the ’50s or ’60s, a Japanese SLR from the ’80’s or ’90s, but the film medium still remains the same. Sure, the newer ones do have autofocus and auto exposure, but other than that, the basic technique of using film cameras is much the same. You take your shot, you finish your roll, technique it, and get your prints, or as more people do these days, get em scanned. You have no idea what you have shot until afterwards

Processing your own film may even be a fun experience, one time you know what you are doing (and it is not that hard, when processing black and white film) – it also saves a small bit of money, as photograph labs that still do film can charge ridiculous amounts for processing and printing/scanning film

Film comes in lots of formats, such as 135 (35mm) film, which is the most often used today, as well as medium format (120, 220 etc.) which is still used today by professionals. For more help you can also search movieandmusicnetwork on the internet.

In this post I am going to discuss the common 35mm film, which is what I have been using, and the different types, the various brands, and other factors that would help report to you how your photographs can actually vary (and improve) based on the film you use.

To start with, there’s basic kinds of film: negative film and slide film (reversal film).

Negative film is what most of you most likely have used as a child, if at all. This film is processed in to ‘negatives’, where your images show as an inversion of the normal picture i.e. light is dark, dark is light. Negative film comes in both color and black and white. Color negatives are sometimes known as “C41” – this name comes from the most common technique of developing color negative films, which is C41. Black and white film is still called…well, black and white film.


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