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Until recently, film photography had one unquestionable advantage over its digital counterpart: it was possible to achieve much higher picture quality with the technology. Differentiating an analog picture from an image taken with a decent digital camera is almost impossible in 2020: today’s digital image resolution can reach 45.4 megapixels!
But why have analog camera and film sales continued to rise in the last five years? Not only did we find the answer to this question for you in this post, we also gathered tips for those who instantly wanted to jump into the analog photography trend.
What is film photography?
Synonymous are film photography and analog photography. Analog photography has a wider sense, however. Centered on reactions within light-sensitive chemical compounds, both terms are used to describe imaging technology. Using films, paper (instant analog images), or hard photographic plates, analog photos may be taken.
Digital photography would never exist without analogue photography, and film photography is nearly a century older than its successor. That’s why ‘traditional’ is often referred to.
Despite the fact that digital sensors in terms of image quality are no longer inferior to film, there are still several great features of analog photography that differentiate it from digital:
- It is possible to use film photography as evidence, as film-printed images can not be edited.
- If stored correctly, the developed film can ‘live forever.
- If you choose films with high sensitivity, movies allow you to obtain a wide dynamic range.
- Film photography is costly, and both at the shooting stage and during film development, analog images can be easily ruined, which motivates photographers to master their skills and value each frame.
We would like the last point to be emphasized. Professional film cameras are rarely automated, meaning there is tremendous creative freedom for the photographer. You can quickly understand how different camera settings influence the final outcome with an analog camera in hand, and then apply this knowledge to digital photography.
Film camera types used nowadays:
Single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, twin-lens reflex (TLR) cameras, rangefinder cameras, point-and-click cameras, instant cameras, stereo cameras (to make 3D images), panoramic cameras, large-format cameras (to shoot 102 * 127 mm or larger formats)
Popular types of photographic films:
Yellow Negative Film, Color Negative Film, Infrared Film, Black and White Film (more sensitive to light spectrum than a human eye)
The most prevalent film size is 135 (or 35 mm). You may also select a medium (120) or wide format that is at least 9 cm by 12 cm.
what are you supposed to begin? Tips for Film Shooting for beginners
Perhaps you’re using a digital camera already. Sadly, our smartphones’ built-in cameras, as well as semi-pro digital cameras, provide us with a vague understanding of how photography works. They are just focused on getting the best out of what they’re looking at. So they simply set the correct focus and exposure and let us enjoy the best picture possible.
In the case of an analog camera, the accuracy of the image depends a lot on you. And the good news is it’ll be easy for you to make masterpieces with a digital camera once you learn how to get good shots with a movie camera! So let’s start getting started.
1. Use 35mm for an easy start:
The most common film type is 135 (or 35mm) film. You’ve got a great choice of cameras to work with when you start with it. This means that you can choose the type of camera that seems to be most interesting for you and at a good price, buy such a camera. You’re not likely to have any trouble buying and producing movies. And another big advantage: medium and large format film allows you to take fewer than 16 images, and with 35mm you can take up to 36!
2.Learn how to use focus by trial and error:
Analog cameras often have autofocus, but they are significantly slower in terms of autofocus than digital cameras. Moving objects are often out of focus in pictures for this reason, or the shutter moves too late and the subject gets out of your frame.
Training, courage, and a good eye are required for manual focus. Working with an analog camera is therefore a good opportunity to boost your professional skills. Start with static objects like buildings, plants, and sitting or standing individuals. To challenge yourself, then switch to moving objects.
3. Learn to shoot in black and white and avoid using flash:
You can of course, shoot with color film and at the post-production stage make your images black and white. But if your goal is to learn how to work with light and shadow as well as forms, we suggest that from the beginning you get into classic black and white photography.
Photography in black and white can seem more difficult than photography in color. The explanation is that we are not used to seeing the world in black and white and it is hard for us to imagine how without colors and their shades a certain scene would look.
We have to pay attention to elements such as contrast, forms, forms, textures, and frame composition when working with monochrome film. Black and white photography, in other words, develops our artistic vision. To be inspired by some black and white ideas for photography, see this collection.
We also do not suggest that you use flash, particularly when working with a film in black and white. If you’re just starting with analog photography, the flash impact is hard to predict. It is therefore better to use it a good example, instant analog photography) to capture spontaneous scenes and candid feelings.
4. Rely on frames, leading lines, and the rule of golden ratio
What makes it attractive to the audience is the balance of your composition. Use the time-tested composition rules you know from digital photography to get great analog photos right from the start:
Golden Ratio and balanced structures
In your frame, keep track of the balance. If the main subject is centered or placed at the junctions of the 3:3 grid lines, your composition will always look brilliant. In this article (‘Back to Basics: 10 Composition Rules in Photography’), we describe other compositional rules.
The Natural Frames
Using anything you can find, create frames around the main subjects in your photo. For instance, from a window, you can capture a seascape, clear a forest through a tree crown, or take a picture of your friends through a keyhole.
What about adding your shot to some geometry? To make your image look magnificent, you can use well-shaped surrounding objects. Accentuate the scene’s depth with a road-going horizon, for instance, or let a light ray cut your frame in half.
5. Try tricks that can not be done with digital cameras:
The technology for film photography is fundamentally different from how a digital camera operates. For this reason, with an analog camera available, you can only achieve some of the visual effects. Some of them are here:
Pull & Push Photography:
This trick enables you to achieve fascinating halftones and depths and works wonderfully with black and white film. The concept is that you ignore your film’s ISO and underexpose the frame. Then through overdevelopment, you compensate for this. You can also take photos that are over-exposed and then under-develop them.
Expired Film Photography:
At a very low price, you can purchase expired films. The ploy is that until you create your used film, you don’t know what your photos will look like. Your images may contain futuristic colors or unpredictable (and therefore interesting) visual defects, depending on how old the film was and how it was stored.
You literally need to combine multiple frames into one in order to get an image with double or multiple) exposure. Modern cameras and apps for photography allow you to achieve the same impact. It is however, only analog photography that allows multiple exposures to be applied in many creative ways. You may not move the film and shoot one frame on top of another for instance. Another concept: you can shoot bright objects at a slow shutter speed against a dark background.
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