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