Friday, 11 July 2014

Why I shoot film

1. No post processing. I never alter any of my film images, what you see is what I shot. Saves alot of hours slaving away in Photoshop trying to get a digital image to look like film. Just shoot film!

2. Surprise. You just never know what might come out, with digital I become abit obsessed with taking the same photo over and over to get the perfect shot. With film you have 24 shots per roll, make them count!

3. Choices. There is such a wide variety of film cameras out there it's a little overwhelming and amazing at the same time. You can pick them up so cheap these days to, I got a panoramic point and shoot at the weekend for £1.99 which I can't wait to try out.

4. Instant development. There's nothing better than shooting a Polaroid and watching it develop in front of your eyes. 

5. Excitement. The rush you feel when you've finished a roll and take it for development. The anticipation of seeing the actual images you worked so hard on. It never gets old.

6. Double exposures. Means endless possibilities!

7. Imperfections. Light leaks, scratches, blur ahhhh magic!

8. Makes you think. When shooting with a full manual camera you have to slow down and really think about the aperture, speed, ISO. There no auto mode so you have to know what your doing.

9. It's fun!

10. Tangible.  Digital files sit on your computer waiting to be printed but you just never seem to get round to it. With film you get to hold the prints in your hand and keep them forever. You can relive special moments without logging onto your computer.

Image 1 taken at a shoot curated by Leanne Findler, Jessica Shaw and Daisy Thomas
Image 3 taken at a shoot curated by Leanne Findler


  1. Aahhhh I totally agree 100% with every single point, particularly about making each shot count and really thinking about the picture. Although I love playing around with my DSLR, the SLR I've started using that was my dad's from the 80s, that is basically in mint condition (he doesn't really share the photography bug) is much more fun to use and I can't wait to finish the roll to see how I've done.

    The only thing I dislike about film is how expensive it can be to develop but swings and roundabouts I guess :) x

    1. Aww I love that your using your dads camera, I've always just go mine from ebay or charity shops would be nice to use one that's been in the family for years.
      I agree the only negative to film is the developing cost, I'd love to start developing my own but then you still have to pay for all the kit! ha maybe one day :) x

  2. this is so great (: i wish, developing films wasn't that expensive (at least in my country it is - or is it cheaper in the UK? o:) i've always got heaps of film rolls rolling around, waiting to be developed, but the ones i've got always find their way into my photo albums and are truly precious cuz they are - like u said - more tangible than photos on a computer.

    xx cha

    1. I'm glad you liked! :) it costs about £4 per film which I don't think is to bad. I think it makes me appreciate the photos more just because I'm paying for them hehe. Digital is so disposable just delete what you don't like and never print what you do haha x

  3. I've been loving film recently but the one reason I won't go all out with it is because for one i already bought my digital SLR which I love and secondly, it's a little pricey for me as a student to get it developed. Oh, and I love the editing part too much. But I admire your way of working and I agree that it's so much nicer to physically have the photos. I love looking through my photo album!

    1. Thanks for your comment! :) I can totally relate, when I was student I definitely didn't shoot as much film. Only trouble with having so many photo albums is finding places to put them haha xx