Ever since I was little, I’ve always been fascinated with photography, watching my grandad with a film camera on holidays to Cornwall when I was young has always been a memory of mine and when my uncle passed a Canon AE-1 film camera down to me I couldn’t have been happier.. Well that camera stayed in a box under my bed for a good few months up until recently. I’m not sure why, I think it may have been because I found film hard to understand and learn at that point in my life, I wasn’t in the best headspace to be honest and it may have been a good thing to have not picked it back up until recently.
After researching the best film for beginners I settled on some Kodak ColourPlus 200 and a box of Ilford IP5. They weren’t too bad price wise, I didn’t want to spend much for my first time shooting as I know how wrong film can go so those two films were perfect for me.
After watching what felt like a hundred hours of youtube tutorials and reading so many posts about my camera I felt so overwhelmed to get things right before shooting my first roll of film. I mean I’m so used to shooting digital and taking at least 3 to 4 photo’s each time (okay maybe more like twenty) to get the perfect shot but film is a completely different game altogether, you just don’t have that luxury.
Learning about shutter speed, iso and aperture etc. is definitely something you learn with time even though I do have a little grasp on the basics I just know there’s so much more to learn.
I shot my first roll of film in my back garden and around my local area, I didn’t want to go too far just in case I’d put the film in wrong etc. so I’d have a blank roll but after sending my film off to Take it Easy Lab I’m pretty happy with my first roll! I mean the photo’s below were the good one’s, I shot some pretty out of focus and over exposed photos too but overall I think it went well.
I honestly can’t wait to explore more into the world of film and capture lots of memories along the way just like my grandad did so many years ago. It’s definitely a long process but it’s a process that excites me and hopefully in years to come I can expand my film camera collection by purchasing one of my own.
I hope learning more about shooting manual with my film camera will help me develop more of my digital photography so when the time comes I can move over and be totally happy shooting on manual on both, let’s hope anyway.
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