WATCH: The Essentials of Analog Photography


Film cameras. Most of us thought that they were long gone replaced by much convenient, more efficient digital and mirrorless cameras. Well, we can all quite observe that they are still very much alive to this date, and more people are digging antique shops for analog cameras.

If you happen to be someone who’s entering the world of analog photography from digital, you might find things a bit complicated. Of course, film cameras are a thing of the past. But that does not mean that they’re simple to operate – they are tricky, and results are a matter of trial and error at first.

On the flip side, if you are that someone who’s just starting with photography, analog cameras are the purest form of training you can get. Full manual analog cameras don’t have automatic aperture or shutter speed priority, while the “modern” film cameras aren’t as fast when it comes to focusing as compared to their digital counterparts. Both also don’t have the digital viewing screens that give instant gratification – it all goes down to pure skills.

Either of the two mentioned above, learning the basics is a crucial step for optimized results. You don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on buying more film rolls because you messed up. Rather, you want something that is worth the agony of waiting for your roll to be developed.

So to save you time, money, and effort, here’s a video from London-based photographer Jonathan Notley. This video sums up everything you need to know (a.k.a. the basics) before you actually start shooting with your grandpa’s treasure.


Dan Pabustan

I tell stories in 2 ways: on paper and on negative.