In the world of Digital, who needs film? Right? Wrong! Digital has become way too easy. With automatic settings, easy to use cameras, and pop up flashes, just about anybody can take a pretty good image. Pop in a tiny memory card that holds thousands of images, and shoot away! The only problem is, this is making it way too easy for beginner Photographers to think they could easily become a Professional. Do you really want them as your Photographer? If you really want to become better at it, and enjoy Photography’s present AND past, try picking up a 35mm Camera, and packing away your Digital.
The truth is, back in the day of 120mm and 35mm film, Photographers had to really ‘think’ about what they were doing. Just ‘clicking away’ wasn’t an option. Exclusively Digital Photographers today are too lazy! Taking all the shortcuts, and missing all the fun! Stores aren’t making it easy either! Wal-Mart has permanently removed their wet lab and no longer processes film. Some will still send out your film, but it takes two weeks to receive it back. They also barely carry an film, at least none of great quality. My personal favorite is Velvia, and I have to order it online.
To become a better Photographer, try asking Grandma, Grandpa, or Mom and Dad for their old 35mm (or even better, their 120mm) Camera they have stashed away in their Attic, Basement, or Closet. Grab a cheap roll of film from Wal-Mart, CVS, or Walgreens, and learn how to use it. If you have no idea how to laod, or use one, the Intenet is a great tool and still has plenty of information on this type of shooting. What is great about Film shooting is that you only have 24 exposures. So, you really think about what you are taking a picture of, and only take it if it’s a good image.
Try dedicating one roll to circle shots, then another to squares, and then triangles, etc. Once you have done a few rolls of shapes, try doing a few colors, just the basic rainbow colors. Sound crazy? What this will teach you is Composition, Contrast, and Color; the three important C’s of Photography. Not only will you learn to be choosy as to what you photograph (quality NOT quantity is important), but also you will start noticing shapes and colors you never noticed before in your everyday environment. CVS and Walgreens still processes film (thankfully), but may not for long. Try doing this project as a winter project and send me your most interesting pictures! Happy Shooting!