What Film Photography taught me....!
I have always shot in digital. I only bought a film camera very cheaply on ebay in September, as it was a requirement for my photography course.
Our film module is solely black and white, so i used C41 and Fp4 film. My first film i loaded into the camera incorrectly, and the film was completely blank.... which was a bit disappointing!
I have learnt so much through the process of shooting on film. We had a few themes to choose from for our project, which definitely helped, because it gave me direction. I chose landscape and cityscape. Also we have to have a few shots showing different things, slow shutter, DOF, angle of view etc... All our images have to be developed in the dark room to at least 10x8.
I spent the weekend in London a few weeks ago. My husband was at a conference, so I had the weekend to spend by myself with my camera.... a luxury for me these days!! I set off each day with my camera and notebook to note the images, settings etc as this all has to be included in my workbook for college.
Next is taking the film into the dark room.. this is what i have fallen in love with! It is really amazing watching the image come up in the developer... then looking at what areas i want to change / allow more light onto / burn, hold back etc...
Anyways, just want to let you all know, that if you get a change to shoot on film, TAKE IT!! It slowed me down and made me think before i pressed the shutter! it has definitely given me a new appreciation of digital photography and awe at those who shoot on film.
Digital is so quick. I guess it is a sign of our quick society, we want things and we want them now! That does not happen with film, and it has all been quite refreshing for me!!
Anyways, have a great week everyone and SLOW DOWN! Take a breath, enjoy your life!
Cheers, Rebecca xx