If digital images seem a little too clean and clinical to you, consider giving your photography a soul by filming. Before buying your first analog camera, here are three things you should keep in mind.
Experienced film photographer Kyle McDougall has put together some thoughts for those new to film photography to help them avoid any disappointment or frustration that can be part of a process that has more variables and potential pitfalls than the digital.
Regarding his first point, you could balance McDougall’s suggestion by adopting the attitude that film photography can be about making the most of imperfections. Obviously, it’s not ideal if your camera’s light leaks spoil every photo you take, but sometimes these unexpected things can add character to your images.
If the idea of imperfect, low-quality images sounds appealing, consider taking a look at the 110-format cameras made by Lomography. Strangely, the naming system is all over the place and 110 is nowhere near as big as 120. Instead, it’s quite the opposite – about half the width of 35mm (aka 135). You can pick up a camera and a few cartridges of film for as little as $45. (And if you know why Kodak decided in 1972 to call this format 110, I’d appreciate it if you could leave a comment below!)
What else should you consider before buying your first film camera?