My first contact with a camera was when I was little and my mom lent me her Canon T70 to snap some pictures from time to time (and you could always spot mine because it was the one of the batch with the awfully crooked horizon) (yes, like the one you see here on top). I’ve always been fascinated by film photography since then, but I decided to learn how to take pictures with a digital because – let’s face it – it’s so much cheaper and quick.
But now that I’ve been taking photography classes, I noticed how I relied too much on the security the digital format gives, because you can always redo your picture if it didn’t come out fine. This, however, brought me not to properly think before shooting (even if I’ve never actually been the “spray and pray” kind of gal); now I want to try, instead, to learn how exactly the camera reacts to what I want it to do, pretty much like in a car with a manual gear. Moreover, as you don’t really get as many attempts as you want, because generally you’re confined to those 36 shots per film, and you cannot use all of them just for one picture, you really are forced to know how the photo will come out before pressing the button. And you’ll have less pictures to pick when it comes to post-production. Because I really suck at choosing things.
So, yesterday I went through the internet to clear up my mind about the kind of films are available (seriously, it’s a neverending list), but thanks to this life-saving post I decided which ones I want to begin with: Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Ektar 100 and Lomography CN 400. And maybe Kodak Ektacolor Pro 160. In this order. Today I’m going to grab my first film, my mom’s camera (sorry mom!), and let’s see what I’m able to do. I foresee sweat and tears. But not only, hopefully.
And now, some inspiration pics found around!
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