Film photography seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance of late. There are new film cameras being launched via Kickstarter campaigns by companies like Reflex and Japan Camera Hunter, Kodak is bringing back classic 35mm film Ektachrome, and prices of vintage cameras are rocketing on eBay.

Personally, I’ve gone back to film as someone who only really shot it as a kid. I remember using a point and shoot to document family holidays, but that’s as far as my experience goes. What’s tempted me back is a desire to learn about the process, an addiction to experimentation, and a cheaper way to satisfy my Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

Blogs like Curating Cuteness, or Casual Photophile are fantastic gateways into shooting film – practically everything I read on those sites makes me want to buy a new camera to try – whether it’s medium format monsters or lomography cameras.

But, is there anything we can learn from shooting digital in with the same principles that we’re forced to use in film? Last week I had a day off and not much to do, so I set myself a challenge – I was allowed one attempt at a photo, no reviewing with the rear LCD, and JPEG only.

All of these photos were taken with Fuji XT10 and 27mm pancake lens. I started off in black and white:

And quickly decided to take advantage of the lovely Autumnal sky.

Then I stopped for lunch:

And walked home via the river:

I think it went okay as an experiment. I’m pretty happy with how the Five Guys shots came out, and I got more black and white keepers than I thought.

It’s something I’m going to keep doing, with the hope that the more I do it, the better I’ll get at being able to get what I want to capture quickly and accurately. No-one wants to wade through hundreds of photos every time they take their camera out for a walk, and hopefully it will help with my accuracy in film photography, too.

Give it a go, and let me know how you get on.

1st November 2017

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