Traditional photography still has its followers. Is it worth shooting still on film?

Traditional photography still has its supporters, and shops still can get photographic films. Is it still sensible to shoot older cameras on these types of photosensitive material? How much does it cost? Do analog cameras still have some justification in the digital age?

Advantages of the film

Traditional photography, although it is already obsolete in art, still has its followers. Not much – photos are usually imperfect . Blurry, with bleach, out of focus. That's what it's all about. What in digital photography is a mistake or a flaw, in traditional photography it is a force. Granularity adds charm , as are all kinds of optical defects of older lenses or the specificity of a given film. Photos look different, but precisely because of this imperfection beats out authenticity and a kind of magic .

How and for how much?

fot. Joe Haupt/flickr.com

fot. Joe Haupt/flickr.com

Taking photos with a traditional camera is demanding and time consuming. First of all – we need to know exactly what we want to do and how to do it, ie how to get the result. We do not have the opportunity to repeat the given shot several times. I mean, maybe we have, but it costs all . On a standard film we have 36 frames. One movie costs about 20-30 gold, so one film cage costs about 50-60 cents. Not much, but let's make 100 photos – we are poorer by a few dozen. Also, the cost of a cage is not just the cost of buying a movie. It's also the cost of calling a movie – we need reagents, space and equipment. We can then pass it through the scanner and digitize it, but it must be called beforehand, otherwise it will be overexposed and we will lose shots and money. The best and cheapest way to outsource this to someone – then we will pay up to 20 gold for the call. The cheapest, paradoxically, cameras . I bought it for 50 gold. And it's not a poor camera, because the Minolta 8000i was a decent design. And there are lenses, and that's a matter of recognition. You can also buy Zenit with a lens for a few dozens, maybe slightly over 100 gold.

Is it worth it?

fot. dotigabrielf/pixabay.com

fot. dotigabrielf/pixabay.com

In the age of digital photography, this type of photography is not entirely justified. Traditional photography has only artistic value at this time and only for artistic photography is given. Shooting on such a camera is now meaningless, because few people care about unique photos whose value is appreciated only by a narrow group of people. Traditional photography is, however, an interesting art . This is a completely different experience than when we photograph digitally. It seems to me that before we see what we have done we have to wait. These are not instant pictures. It is an art for the patient, persevering and in fact the true school of life – there is one shot on the film and thousands of thoughts on what to wear. After experimenting with traditional photography, you will stop shooting blindly and start thinking about the parameters before taking a picture and not after looking at the screen. Traditional photography will make your workshop better and translate directly into digital work. Therefore, I believe that anyone who wishes to develop should try traditional photography.