Compared to the days of analog photography, digital photography is truly a blessing. However, if you want to practice photography in its original form, then shooting film is for you. Some say that analog photography captures the true essence of photography, which is probably why there are so many people getting into film photography these days. However, it’s important to keep in mind that being good at digital photography doesn’t guarantee instant success in analog photography. There are a number of things you should keep in mind. In this video, photographer Joe Greer with team COOPH covers seven tips to get you started with film photography:
The biggest shortcoming that you’ll face in film photography is the inability to preview your images instantly. You will thus have no idea whether or not you’ve nailed the shot that you wanted. This is why Greer suggests that you keep a photography logbook handy. This will help you review your final images against the settings you’d used, and eventually help you improve your skill in finding the right settings in different situations.
One interesting feature of film photography is how you have the option to choose from various film stocks. Each of these stocks has a certain characteristic and gives a certain look to the image. Also, keep in mind that their ISOs are fixed. So, based on what lighting conditions you’re planning to shoot in, you’ll need to choose your film stock wisely.
Every photo that you take using film has a certain cost associated with it. But, don’t let that keep you from practicing and inevitably making mistakes. Keep shooting, maintain a good log of whatever you’ve been doing, and review your work constantly. Once you get a hang of it, everything about film photography will start to feel like second nature.
Be sure to watch the entire video for Greer’s expert tips on getting started with film photography.
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