Film Photography

As of writing this line, it has been thirteen years since I took my first course in photography and developed my first roll of black and white film by hand. That was 1996—film photography was just how it was done back then.

These days digital photography has the majority of the photographic market share, leaving us film photographers as some sort of strange or exotic beasts in the world of photography.

I say strange or exotic because, at least from my experiences, there doesn't seem to be much middle ground about how people respond when they find out that my camera records to film instead of bits. Either it is the strange—people who peer down at me quizzically as if there is something wrong with me, or that I'm ignorant since I haven't jumped on the digital bandwagon. Else it is the exotic—people who for some reason or another, seem to believe that I am going above and beyond by sticking with film for my photography.

So why film photography?

K. Praslowicz with 100 Rolls of Fuji 400H 220

There are many reasons why film is my preference over digital photography. Notice I used the term preference, not film is better than digital photography. I've seen plenty of photographers who seem to react to notion of doing things any way other then their way as a slap in the face. The way I see it, digital photography has many different characteristics versus film photography. Given a photographer's personal and professional needs, those characteristics very often do make digital the correct choice for those photographers. If natural light photo in low light environments was an area of photography that I was activity pursuing, digital would definitely be the way to go. For the world view of photography that I find myself working in, film fits in very nicely, so I've decided to stick with it till the bitter end.

Reasons why I prefer film photography.

  1. The ease of archiving.

This list is small at the moment. But it will get larger as I convert all the thoughts floating around in my head into readable text.

  • Mike Pinter

    Greetings!

    I just wanted to congratulate you on your choice of medium for photography! Although I pack a digital camera for daily snaps of my surroundings my true love is film photography.

    I found your page by one of those lucky accidents that make the Internet such an interesting place while trying to get some facts straight for a comment I was making to a friend (haven't found what I was looking for because of this digression but I will.) I was celebrating having found an online source of 120mm film with which to feed a beautiful working classic that was given to me some years ago, a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak, Model B and a couple of other "ancient" cameras that I have collected in car boot sales and Sunday markets. I've always wanted to breathe new life into old cameras and have the romantic thought that it would be interesting if one could gather together the last pictures taken with each of them.

    I shall read the rest of your posts with more time.

    Best regards all the way from Spain!

    P.S. Looking at the information I printed and stored with the camera I see I might have to keep looking. It says to use Film 127 on the back of the camera!

    [Lomo link removed]

    P.P.S. I have no affiliation with the above site, I simply wanted to share the source. If anyone knows other places, please share!

  • Mike Pinter

    Fair enough. Huge thanks for the links to the other sources of film! I never even thought of Amazon! B&H look like they know what they're doing so that's the way I'll go.

  • Gordon

    Like what I see so far stumbled upon your site while looking for images of the graphic 4x5 and saw you night shot, "awesome". I my self love film photography I also like shooting low light, available light and night shots. I just wanted to throw out a shout I will have to delve into your site more.
    P.S. Shocked that you are still able to find the film. Long live film, well as long as possible.

  • http://captivelights.wordpress.com/ Don Abrigo

    while i currently use my Fuji X10 for my daily commute, my film camera's still take a space in my bag and gets to have a walk early mornings while walking with my son around the neighborhood. see you around!