I’m not a professional photographer, make photography a passion, a pleasure, a hobby, and I shoot these days with digital, but the beginning of the photograph was in analog. But if you look brands are reinventing the old models, there is clearly a return to the past.
And there are those who take this step further and take the machines of parents or grandparents and dare to venture into the world of analog.
But why? first because in analogue photography the results need not be post processed. And that vintage look, so hard to match in post processing is already there.
After the equipment for now even if you can find economically because a machine in the 70s cost as much as a car mid-range today can be purchased for a few dozen euros or slightly more than a hundred euros.
Lenses for systems such as the Minolta MD, the Pentax K or even M42 format, or FD Canon lenses are much more economic than the current digital, and have been built at a time when they were built to last, all of the body metal.
After the photos are not ephemeral are not just a digital file that is lost with a small computer failure, they exist are materials are in film or on paper, and then shooting in analog forces us to think of photography as the masters so learned and it is the best school you can have for digital.
But let’s talk a little about this.
Film photographers are going to say how much they like the special film look. This is similar to music lovers who tell you that vinyl sounds more organic than a CD. But the truth is that a lot of companies are turning vinyl records. And in fact digital photographers try to emulate this look in your digital files with presets, but hardly can correctly. because the film has an incredible palette of colors and a huge dynamic range of detail in both highlights and shadows. So why imitate when you can just shoot in analog?
Shooting in analog will make you a better photographer, so I promise!
When shooting with film, you are required to know exactly what you are doing. You’ll have to know how to use the exposure and know what speed and exposure change in photography, will force to have photographic memory, display the picture in your head instead of taking a picture and error to get it right, not in the film only knows what He took after revealing his films. Each photo costs money and will want to be sure you want to photograph before pressing the button. This sounds a little scary for someone who has experience only in digital photography. It’s a learning curve, but believe me it’s worth.
The film ends up saving time
When we are shooting in digital returned from a job with hundreds of photos that need to be addressed and post-processed (usually photographed in RAW). With film, we returned with 40 images and most of them are impressive. We deliver to third parties the development process and digitization of our films and will save a lot of time with post-production. Honestly, there is almost no need to post-process and you can spend more time doing the things that you also like to be with family, girlfriend or boyfriend etc …
Equipment for analogue photography is more economical.
But this paradigm can change in a short time, so it might be important if you want to enter this world start looking for something to start.
Bokeh this magical way to blur the background.
BOKEH (Japanese for “blur”) lens makes everything that is out of focus on points of light. And this seems to be the search of the Holy Grail for every professional photographer. There are tons of articles and discussions on the internet about which the lens the better. The larger the gap is, for example, 1.2, 1.4, the lower the number and depth of field. This causes you to focus only on the eyes, where the lashes are already out of focus. The quality of BOKEH the classic lens is delicious.
Forget aging of your gear.
In the digital era manufacturers every year launch new models making our investment of thousands of euros implode in a constant downgrading, the 12 mega pixels of a classic 5d are currently 50.6 mega pixels in Canon 5DS. In analogue photography and the advantage of these old cameras it is that once you buy they will meet their needs. It’s as simple as that. There will be new material. Most cameras we use have more than 30 years old and all you need is available on the second hand market. And there are a lot of comments on the equipment on the web, which makes it easier to decide which system should start. Moreover, these cameras are built like tanks and they are of superior quality compared to the newest DSLRs.
And I am not saying to abandon digital, but to open new horizons.
So what are you waiting for? Dare You