Why I Chose to Shoot Film Over Digital - And Why You Should Give It A Chance
Hello (again) folks did you miss me? It's been a long 17 months since my last blog post and in that time away from blogging I've done so much, I've been to Ireland & San Francisco again as well as taking the time to get the creative inspiration to make my website bigger and better for everyone. I think I'm going to start selling prints in 2018 as well as creating a special photobook of all my favourite pictures for you all to purchase, I hope that when they are for sale you all will support it so that I can continue to get better.
If any of you have been following my blog you will remember my previous post and why film is certaintly not dead despite what certain people may tell you and why using my digital camera all these years has made me quite lazy when it comes to learning about a camera's features, I'm here to talk to you about a couple of reason why I decided to shoot film as my main source of photography over digital and why people should take the time to learn shooting film to add to the repitiore. First off shooting with film slows you down to promote better creativity, each roll of film typically has 24 exposures (36 exposures if you feel dangerous) compared to the thousands of JPEG's that you can store on a standard memory card of 32GB. Having this resctriction has made me more methodical in my approach to photography because I'm now taking the extra time to frame my shots to get that perfect compostion.
Piggy-backing off of the last reason brings me to what I think is the most important reason for me personally. I love owning physical media and looking back on those memories so shooting film allows me to flip through those glossy prints and reminicse, technology isn't meant built to last forever and eventually those tens to thousands of digital photographs stored on a hard drive will be lost forever in some way, shape or form (corrupted files are a bitch!) I've experienced accidental deletion of files off of an external HDD and its not fun in any way, and once you've deleted them they're gone forever.
Shooting film is also inexpensive compared to digital and was used as a way to hone my camera skills to make me a better photographer in general by learning all that the camera can do instead of just tossing it into a certain mode and shooting that way. Brand new digital cameras can cost thousands of dollars, even before you start to buy lenses to suit your style. Even second hand DSLR bodies that were made redundant during the last decade are still fetching midway into three figures. When you consider film equivalents the price difference in astounding. Oversupply and the emigration of film photographers to the digital realm has meant a glut of incredibly good film cameras available at a fraction of the price they first sold for.
And finally I shoot film TO BE DIFFERENT, in this ever changing world of social media with millions of photos being uploaded to Facebook and Instagram it's hard to stand out from the crowd, especially if you are trying to build a brand or business so an easy way to stand out from the crowd is to shoot film and make sure you tell a different story than all the rest out there. Film is wonderfully imperfect but beautiful at the same time, there's times where I dont get the perfect shot or times that my photos are accidentally double exposed or blurry but those are all things that will made me fall in love with photography all over again.
Special shoutout to the folks at Downtown Camera for keeping me all stocked up with film and for developing my photos.
Here's to regular blog posts in 2018! And be sure to check out my IG page for my film shots @filmbysj and don't forget to subscribe to my blog for email updates on new posts!
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