PlNo way. It may not be accessible as it used to be more than 10 years ago, but Film photography is still kicking strong. Digital cameras are easy to use and because of this there has been a drive from hobbyists and purists to pick up a good old roll of 35mm film.
With film photography there are many reasons that still keep it alive:
- You only have one shot. The adrenaline and thought that goes through a shot when you shoot film is a lot different to digital. You need to nail the shot otherwise that’s some money out of the pocket. There’s no deleting and shooting again here.
- The “look”. Film has this nostalgic feeling, at the same time the colours and little bit of grain really looks good. You can’t replicate that look digital no matter how much you try in post.
- The process: It starts with the slight bit of anxiety when dropping off your roll of film and waiting for it to be developed. Then when it gets developed, you realise your photos are all in focus and look amazing, there is no better feeling.
There is a lot more I can talk about film but really the last reason which I believe is the main reason is it’s fun. Shooting film just feels exciting and with all the adrenaline pumping through you, it really helps you enjoy the art more. I feel It can also help you with becoming a better photographer knowing that you’ll need to nail and think about every shot you take. For the time being Film is not dead, and I hope film continues to live on as long as photography exists.
Image source: Ariel Domenden