The Enduring Charm of Film

I’m not entirely sure why, but recently I’ve been more interested in taking photos with my film camera than with my digital camera. I know there’s always a debate over film vs. digital, and truthfully, I think that both are fantastic. But there’s something that keeps bringing photographers back to film, despite the convenience of digital.

Maybe it’s the photo quality. Although high-end digital cameras have attained the same crispness and true-to-life colors that film captures, less expensive film cameras produce photos with more vibrance and clarity than many digital ones.Or, maybe it’s the control that it allows the photographer to have over his or her photos. If you shoot film and develop it on your own, you can expose it however you want, dodge it, burn it… the possibilities are endless. Many photographers prefer to take the film route for this reason.

However, for me, I think it has to do with the physical nature of film photography. There’s something special about loading a roll, carefully planning pictures so as not to waste film, and then having the photos developed and come back looking beautiful. I think that film forces the photographer to be more thoughtful about each frame. Plus, it’s fun!

All of these photos were taken by me, using my good old Minolta XG-1 and Kodak Gold 200 film.

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