A fine random day, I developed an interest in film photography. Honestly, I am not good at presenting the ‘feel’ I envisioned in my mind onto photographs. (I know practice makes perfect) Then, I resort to Lightroom. Everytime after a shot, “never mind, I can always edit” pop up in my mind. Certainly, some professional photographers support the need to edit. One day, I had a chance to talk to a real professional photographer. He said a real photographer does not depends on post-processing, a real photographer knows how to make full use of his camera to create the effect he wants and present it raw onto his photography. He also said, most high level photography competitions such as National Geographic are very strict on post-processing, while others allow very minimal. Lastly, those who depend heavily on post-processing are not photographer, they are editors.
Right from the start when I first started out hobbyist photography in 2011, I always know editing too much is wrong. I do admit I still edit my images. Because I need to touch up the imperfect shot. Normally I will brighten the image, adjust the temperature and the HSL. That’s the most I will go and I won’t twist the image too much away from its original.
But the thought “never mind, I can always edit” is poisonous. I want to get rid of this. I want to focus on creating nicely composed and creative images with my only tool- camera.
Furthermore, shooting in film makes me to be more aware of the aperture and shutter speed I use. I will also be more aware of the shooting environment, the light condition, etc.
Lastly, I know the film industry is slowly dying out. I wish to be a part of it for as long as I could, to promote photography back to its basic. And hopefully to revise the film industry like many other film enthusiasts.
Hence, I decided to go back to basic and invest in an analog film camera. I went to a reliable local camera shop (Black Market Camera) and got myself a second hand Nikon FM2.
I am totally in love with this camera. I started with the cheapest and most basic film: FujiColor 200. I intend to try on a few varieties of film before deciding which style I like most.
On the other hand, I won’t ditch my Nikon d3300 dSLR. I am still using it for my other travel blog (link here). So now, for my upcoming trips, I intend to bring both cameras and see if I can manage it.
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Have fun snapping!