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Film Photography: A Timeless Classic

A lost art

Film photography is a lost art. Yes, it sounds tacky. But the good thing, it is making a comeback and I am so happy about it! When I am packing my bag for a trip to the past, I would make sure to carry everything I need to last a whole day.

 

Although not ideal to shoot an entire wedding with a film camera nowadays, it is possible to get some film shots in between. It just screams nostalgia and the looks are soooo retro. And there is something about that sound the camera makes every time we roll the film before the next shot which makes us look like someone out of the movies from the 90s.

what is a film photography?

Whimsical and magical, film photography is technically different than your regular wedding photography with vivid colors, airy textures, and bright backgrounds. A film is a unique approach an approach that was in popularity back in the 1990s when we were not having technically advanced cameras with sharper, clearer, and technically perfect images.

 

The film is more imperfect and is soft and nostalgic with a limited number of frames per roll. It has blurred edges, light leaks, and a graininess to it that makes it special. Film photography is all about being authentic, hence a timeless aesthetic.

What camera do I use?

My main camera is a Canon AE-1 with its advanced features at affordable prices and with a shutter speed-priority exposure mode. Call me crazy, but I have two of them, one in silver and one in black. What can I say? I love my film cameras.

 

My main lens is an FD 50mm 1:1.8 and a 28mm wide-angle lens. They are rather cheaper than the current EF, EFS, and mirrorless lens, which is a good point for a vintage camera. Also good for a hobbyist who wants to try something new. This may not be as vintage as most cameras out there, as it is somewhat in the middle of vintage and the current trend. It was the first camera to have a CPU. But it is a good way to get your hands into that roll of film and the black room development.

 

For films, I’ve played around with many but got rather comfortable with 35mm Kodak Colorplus 200 film. The batteries used are a combination of Cr123 and LR44.

Bringing back the trend

“Good things come to those who wait” and this is true when it comes to film photography as you have to wait a bit longer to receive the final results.

 

Look forward to my upcoming youtube series on my film photography journey! And don’t forget to check out my youtube series on my film photography journey.

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