Have you been thinking of getting into film photography but can’t seem to muster up the courage to do so? Believe me when I say that I too once felt what you’re feeling now. That’s why I came up with these 4 reasons to get into shooting film to help you take the plunge.
It’s relatively affordable for starters
Brand new Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) and Mirrorless cameras often have a sticker price that range somewhere between P16,000 to the low 6-digit figures.
The prices of its film counterpart, on the other hand, usually start at around P3,500 to P5,000 for the common Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. If you fancy collectible film cameras, prepare to shell out somewhere within the range of P2,000 to as high as P25,000 (excluding the ultra rare cameras such as Leica).
As for films, the price of a fresh roll starts at P180 and can go up to around P2,000, however, you can buy expired films in case you’re on a budget. These usually cost as low as P30 to P150 for the common kind of film roll.
“But doesn’t this mean I’ll spending more as I shoot more?”
Yes, you certainly will and let me tell you that it doesn’t matter. You’ll soon discover the therapeutic (in our case addictive) benefits of this art form and think that it’s all worth it.
Film Photography teaches you to compose and see light better
With the limited number of shots you get per roll compared to the aim-and-spray capabilities of digital cameras, add the fact that you can’t instantly see the outcome with film, you’re forced to slow down and really think about each shot. The more you shoot, the more you will master how to capture the moment in the right kind of light.
You invest more emotion
Since you think more with film photography, you’ll see yourself going through a roller coaster of emotions with each shot. Sometimes you could feel confused, frustrated, or even doubtful as you aren’t rewarded by the instant gratification of the DSLR’s LCD. But if you do things right, you’ll be patting yourself at the back and holding your head up high for a job well done.
Its supportive community (in the Philippines at least)
The local film photography community is very supportive, especiailly to those new to the craft. Since starting, I’ve joined several local groups such as Lomomanila and met a lot of people who are willing to go the extra mile to lend a helping hand, share their wisdom, or even their resources.
Could be because everyone would love to see film photography make a successful comeback or simply because people are happy to see others shoot film? Whatever the case may be, its always nice to have someone help you as you make your way into the world of film photography.
Hopefully, these reasons would be enough to push you to take the leap and shoot film. If you’re wondering how you can start, here are 4 tips for 1st time film camera buyers.