Shooting with film- love or hate?

In my lockdown boredom I decided I wanted to try and shoot on film. I was drawn to the nostalgia of film and the unknown of what you’ve shot and what images lay waiting to be developed.

So with the help of my father in law’s camera and Michelle from Shades Photographic I experimented with film for the first time.¬†And boy did it feel weird. I am so used to seeing the images I have taken instantly that it felt so alien not being able to see, not knowing if what I had taken had worked at all.

‘When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!’

After finishing the film Michelle helped me to develop it. It really was so interesting learning the process and viewing the negatives to see which (if any) of the images may have come out. Michelle was then able to scan the negatives and send the digital images to you (perfect these days when everything is online!)

I loved receiving the email to say my images were ready. A lot were blurry, or hadn’t come out the way I had hoped. But there were also some that I loved, that captured little moments of our family life.

So I’m torn. I’m not sure I like the fact that I’m not as in control as I normally am with my normal camera. It’s hard when you don’t know what you need to adjust to make the photo right. But all of that can be learnt along the way with a lot of practice.

But there is something magical and wonderful about the old fashioned, simple, basic way of taking photos that I love. So maybe I shall persevere…….


film photo boy doing work at a table

film photo brothers giggling playing

film photo boy with dads arms in jumper