Hopping on the Film Train

Imagine a world of photography where you have to choose your ISO before you get to the shoot.  Also, you'll have to choose your white balance.  For that matter, you also have to choose whether you want to shoot in colour, or black & white.  Each shot you take will cost you in materials and development.  

This world also limits your ability to review the image you just took.  In fact, you don't have any way to know what you just created until after you've paid the lady at the counter for your prints.  

However, also imagine, that in this world you have to visualize the image before you press the shutter.  You have to guess whether your sky is too bright for that dark subject, or if your subject is going to be a silhouette.  

To me this sounds unbelievably challenging, but it's what photographers used to do less than 20 years ago.  

"K..K...Ko-Dack? What's that?"
Don't get me wrong, the cameras were good, and could easily tell you whether you would over or under expose a frame, but they didn't give you the quick learning curve that many modern-day digital cameras do.  

There are many pros and cons to both digital and film, and I finally decided to give film a chance.  I borrowed my friend Ashley's 35mm Canon SLR body and I've taken about 16 photos so far (yeah, that's all. I've had it a weekend and I've shot 16 frames...)

I've learned some cool tricks with my digital camera, and I'm certainly able to snap a shot.  But are my skills backward-compatible?  Can I actually take what I've learned in digital and apply it to film?
In fact, what I aim to get out of shooting film is a learning experience.  That patience is a virtue, and that if I take my time and really think about what I'm taking a photo of, I'll make better images.  Each time I press that shutter on a film camera, there's no delete function, no undo and certainly no review screen.  

"Look ma, no screen!!"
If I make it sound ominous, I apologize.  I look to these types of challenges with a sense of excitement, that I'll overcome some new and life-altering obstacle.  I also get a buzz out of learning new stuff.  Limiting my options in this type of craft improves my creativity and I'm anxiously awaiting finishing my first roll so I can get it developed.  The jury is still out on how good the images are, but I'm finding that I really like the 35mm format and if nothing else, it's fuelling my drive to get a full frame sensor digital SLR.  I still can't get over how wide 24mm is on a non-crop (APS-C) camera.

One last thing: when the images come back, I'll be sure to publish them here and on my 500px.

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