Yes, you read that right.
I have been shooting digital for a long time, since 1995 and, of course, plan on shooting digital for the remainder of my life!
Over the past two years, the revival of film photography has picked up at an increasing pace. One key indicator is that old film cameras are shooting up in price. Many are being sold for prices higher than DSLRs! That is quite unusual (crazy!).
WHAT IS FILM PHOTOGRAPHY?
Film photography is using 35mm or 120 medium format film to take pictures instead of using memory cards. The film then has to be developed or processed. Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and others offered film development once upon a time. With the flooding of digital cameras, film went away - well, almost. Once the film was processed, prints were made from it. Once you got the prints, you decided if you wanted enlargements. So, from the time you took the pictures (no preview of the images in the camera!) till the time you got the pictures could be 2 days.
WHY IS FILM PHOTOGRAPHY REVIVING?
Couple of reasons. Think of something that is handmade versus machine made. You know that the person that handmade it put thought and effort into it, there is a certain amount of craftsmanship that you are willing to pay a premium for. Taking pictures with a film camera is similar. For one, not everyone can do it well. It takes years of practice and experience that only comes with shooting rolls of films, using different types of films and cameras. Each film type has its own personality - a unique look.
Film also captures a dynamic range (difference between lighting and shadows) that digital still struggles to render. There is a certain amount of depth in film images. They are classy. They are exclusive, not within the reach of everyone due to the costs associated with the cost of the film, the shooting, development, digitization (converting analog image to digital) and, printing or having prints made from negatives.
Making a print from film is remarkably different than printing from a digital image. It is not an image that is printed on a printer. A digitized film image can be printed on a printer. But, to experience the sheer majesty of a film image, an image is made from the negative by hand. A different kind of craftsmanship that is dwindling in the digital age. It takes an extensive set up to create a print from a negative. Outside of academic institutions offering film photography courses, few commercial outlets offer it. Black and white prints known as 'true black and white' printing use silver in creating the print. Such prints standout.
BOOK YOUR FILM SHOOT TODAY
I offer film photography sessions using color and black & white film. In 35mm and in medium format or 120 film. I develop or process my own BW film and scan them as well. We can order images from the digitized or scanned images or we can send the negatives to get the traditional prints made. For BW, I prefer using Ilford films and chemistry. For color, Kodak Porta, Fuji Velvia or any other film of your choice. You can Google and see the same images taken with different films to pick the film that you like the most and we can do your session with that particular film.