Why I shoot film

November 3, 2015 | 1 Comments | Film Photography, Spoofs

Ilford XP2 400 rated at 200 ISO. Canon EOS 1N, 50mm 1.8 (here at 2.8).

Ilford XP2 400 rated at 200 ISO. Canon EOS 1N, 50mm 1.8 (here at 2.8).

I often get asked why I shoot film.

It’s simple: film has this je ne sais quoi that lends my pictures their timeless depth. In fact, the added value of film is so great that you don’t really need to compose, focus, or even choose the appropriate speed.

This is particularly true of street photography, where all you need to do is set your aperture to F8 and, as the saying goes, “be there”. I personally don’t even take the lens cap off anymore, which I have found gives me added discretion in the crowd.

Yes, you CAN achieve similar-looking results digitally with filters and special effects, but it is MUCH more expensive, and if you’re a purist like me, it’s just not an option.

#filmisnotdead#whatthefuckhappened

[Note to the novice: I’ve read enough blog posts explaining why people shoot film that I just felt my contribution to the genre was needed.]


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