Tell me a little bit about yourself, what are some of your passions and interests?
I’m currently a senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Media Studies, but I’ve always had a passion for the arts, specifically fashion and photography.
How long have you been doing film photography? Did anyone inspire you to start using film?
What kind of camera(s) do you use?
The film camera I’m using is an Olympus OM-1, my boyfriend bought it from Amazon and it’s perfect. I’ve used a Nikon film camera in the past, and maybe I’ll buy one in the future, but for now I’m happy with the one I have and recommend it to others who are looking to get started with film. Amazon has great deals and if you have any doubts about used cameras, just take it to your nearest photo store and have them check it out to make sure it works properly.
What kind of film?
As for film, I’m currently using FujiFilm 400 ISO colored film (also bought from Amazon for a great price). After I’ve finished with those rolls I’ll be moving on to black and white. When I took photography in community college, we solely worked with black and white film, so I was excited to try color…and I fell in love. I used to adore black and white, but now I’m seeing in color.
Why film? What is intriguing about film to you over modern digital cameras?
Do you have any advice for those looking into starting film photography?
If you’re interested in film, I’d start by taking a class at your local school that offers film photography. It’s the best way to ensure you fully understand the process and you get to ask tons of questions during the way! If classes aren’t really your style, then I recommend reading up on photography first, buying some books or looking at some online blogs on the matter. It’s important to understand the basics before you start so you don’t waste your film and then have to constantly buy new rolls only for a few good shots. After you’ve done your research, head over to amazon and buy your own camera (or if you’re lucky enough to have a friend who owns a film camera use theirs) and just shoot! They may not turn out entirely great your first few tries, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it, the most important thing is to have fun along the way!
I hope this advice helped and I encourage everyone to try film photography at least once in their lifetime, it’s life changing.
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