Have you noticed this film trend going on? Maybe some of your photographer friends are pulling out their parents’ old SLR and taking it for a spin. Are you wondering if maybe you’d like to give it a go, too? Take this “film compatibility” quiz and find out if you and film are meant to be!
- At Christmas or my birthday, I
a. want to know exactly what’s in the box.
b. make a list and hope to get something from it.
c. love the anticipation and the thrill of the surprise.
- When I travel, I
a. can’t wait to get there.
b. have anxiety, but love it.
c. enjoy the journey.
- If I’m feeling bored, I
a. look for a new perspective in what I’m doing.
b. try something I’ve never tried before.
c. like to explore new places, things and ideas.
- I like art that
a. makes me wonder how it was done.
b. looks bright and colorful.
c. is classic and timeless.
- When it comes to technical stuff, I
a. want to know all about it.
b. can get the gist of it, but prefer to just use it.
c. just want it to work.
- I like my music
a. on my iPhone or iPod.
c. on vinyl.
- When I go shopping, I
a. buy the newest and most expensive gadget.
b. like to buy something well-made and long lasting.
c. go for the vintage or DIY items.
Find Your Score!
If you answered mostly a, you might be curious about film. You love your DSLR and the convenience it gives you, but deep down, you’d love to be an expert in ALL aspects of photography. You might think that film and film cameras are old-fashioned, but you’d be thrilled to know that there are lots of fancy cameras and amazing things you can do on film. Shooting film would probably be fun and exciting for you with the right camera.
If you answered mostly b, you and film are compatible. You value the journey just as much as the destination. You’re not afraid to try something new, and you enjoy the experience. Shooting film would be a great way for you to slow down, hone your photography skills, and fall in love with photography all over again.
If you answered mostly c, you’ll love shooting film. You’re drawn to the art and nostalgia of another time. You will relish film’s imperfections and find beauty in its sometimes unpredictable nature. You love the freedom and the joy of working with something so hands-on. The creation of something physical and real is exciting. Shooting film would be your connection to the people, places, and things you love.
So why do I shoot film? For all of the above reasons! For me, it’s a continual new adventure with lots of things to discover and try. I can geek out on a new-to-me camera, experiment with a double exposure, or just enjoy the simplicity of making a classic portrait. I love the look of film–the unique color palette of each film stock; the buttery bokeh of classic lenses; and the depth and dimension in a print. I think what I love best is the process and how slowing down and really making an image has made me a better photographer. Because I only have a limited number of frames, I only push the button when I mean it. Because I am not distracted by looking at my LCD screen, I am more present and connected with what I’m photographing. Because I don’t have to spend hours in front of my computer screen editing, and I can spend more time behind the camera. For me, film is my bliss.
Does this mean I don’t like digital? No! Do I still shoot digital? Of course! Is one better than the other? Absolutely not! Film and digital cameras are just two different tools, two different mediums–just like oil paints and water colors or a Philips screwdriver and a flat-head screwdriver. If you try shooting film, you’ll learn something new, become a better photographer, and gain an appreciation for the history of your craft. Who wouldn’t want to give film a try?!
So go dig through you closet, find that film camera, and consider shooting film for the first time!
Jen Golay is a Midwest mom of two boys–ages 14 and 10–who constantly amaze her with their creativity and cleverness. She is married to her best friend who willingly indulges her love of film photography and never rolls his eyes or complains when she brings another film camera into the house. Learning is Jen’s real passion, and she is always willing to share whatever knowledge she has collected. If she’s not hiding behind a camera, she’s probably hiding behind a book. You can find Jen’s photography on her blog Daily Life Photography and Instagram where she shares film images from her every day life and work. She loves comments and questions and promises to reply!
She is married to her best friend who willingly indulges her love of film photography and never rolls his eyes or complains when she brings another film camera into the house. Learning is Jen’s real passion, and she is always willing to share whatever knowledge she has collected. If she’s not hiding behind a camera, she’s probably hiding behind a book.
You can find Jen’s photography on her blog Daily Life Photography and Instagram, where she shares film images from her everyday life and work. She loves comments and questions and promises to reply!