Get Photovated!

April 13, 2018

Need some "Photovation"?

Photography can be therapeutic, but shooting the same subject over and over with the same equipment can become... well, boring!

It's easy to lose sight of photo goals and motivation. I'll make a suggestion; find that old film camera you have laying around in the basement or closet, and use it! If not, buy one. Purchasing a film camera these days won’t break the bank.

in fact, you can typically get an abundance of nice lenses and cameras for far less than the cost of one modern "Digital" Lens

Recently, I purchased a well-used medium format camera, knowing little if anything about it! I did so in order to reignite my passion for all things photography, and it worked. What is typically an easy task requires more work. Removing a camera with automatic features from the equation means taking more time with a particular scene. More time looking at a scene will help you visualize it better.

There is obviously no instant gratification with film. This actually will help you in several aspects of your photography. You will be forced to take your time, and be more involved. Most important of all, you will have no screen to check your results. You simply have to wait to see the outcome. I know that is a tough pill to swallow, but in a fast paced world, true art takes time and patience!

With digital imaging, a lot of us shoot with plans to run images through Lightroom, Photoshop, or something of the sort. When I get my film and prints back from the lab, they are what they are! That being said, you can always have your negatives scanned to a digital file and proceed as you would a typical digital image. My personal philosophy is to let the film be what it is. I do not spend time "fixing" the image because I took the time to do it right the first time. I can still learn from my mistakes and I can bring this mentality into my digital shooting experience.

One of my favorite aspects of shooting film is choosing the film itself. The film you choose can impact the look and feel of the final image. With every digital camera brand, you see particular color profiles. Some brands render as a warmer tone, others may appear cooler in nature, as this is very common. Similarly, this is very true between film types as well. Some stocks are better for natural skin tones, others better for landscape and outdoors. Some are vivid in nature whilst others promote a more neutral base. With digital you have options, film is all or nothing. The choice of film type is equally important as the content, and can drastically influence the outcome.

My personal experience with film has been enlightening. I recommend this approach to anyone stuck creatively, or just hoping to become a better photographer in general. You can learn an awful lot about film types and practices by making a trip into our stores and speaking with a Photographic Consultant. YouTube has some great videos as well. Doing a little research before selecting film can make the decision making process more enjoyable. Creve Coeur Camera has a fully functioning wet lab, and still process both color and black and white film. Best of all we give you back your negatives, unlike some other places around town.

In closing, I personally want to inspire you to try new things if you've never shot film. If you have shot film before, then I invite you to reconnect with some of your old equipment and disconnect from the digital world.