Why I shoot film

 

Shooting film Leica camera
My Small Walking Camera

I shoot film for all my principal photography. It is a personal choice.

My reasons for choosing film rather than digital are part technical, part aesthetic and part emotional. Ultimately, film makes me a better photographer, I enjoy the process more and I like the way the pictures look.

Film looks filmy and it’s fun to use. But I don’t want to make lite of film, film offers some serious benefits for the serious photographic artist.

There is no doubt that digital is the best option for most kinds of photography.  So this is not a film versus digital debate. It is personal.

Firstly, film is an incredible teacher. My film cameras are really just dumb boxes, and film is very unforgiving when exposed to light. So when I shoot film, especially with a dumb camera, I have no choice but to learn to be a good technical photographer.  If I don’t, anything creative I might try to do, probably won’t look very good.  It is my keenness to learn photography which drives me towards film.

Using film puts in a particular environment which has a huge influence on how I make pictures.

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