Coming from digital to film could possibly considered the reverse way of doing things. After all film came before digital didn't it? That said the emergence of the Lomography movement, has put film very much back in vogue, with a younger generation picking up their plastic, fixed lens toy cameras and shooting from dusk till dawn.
Tumblr and Flickr are awash with beautiful examples of shot from the hip images, to the point that 6 months ago I picked up a 1960s Zenit B, a couple of rolls of Kodak Gold and started shooting. Word got around amongst friends and relatives, and I was gifted several other film camera. The local lab where I get my film developed transfer the exposures direct to a CD which is perfect as it avoids the hassle of scanning the negatives ready for digital publication.
On a personal level, I love the anticipation of taking a roll of film to be developed and seeing the results. Initially there would be 3 or 4 from each roll that I deemed ok or worthy to share. But as time progressed and I started to master the exposure, shutter speed and aperture settings of each camera so too the photographs got better.
I also started to realise that part of the charm of using film was that a little under or over exposure added character to the shot. Consider this photograph taken inside a well known fast food restaurant.
The photograph is clearly under exposed, but I think that adds to its charm. Its a look I've seen emulated all over Flickr, photographers trying to emulate the vintage or look of retro photography....and why not. I love the look and feel of old film photographs, however I didn't realise how easy it was to achieve the look for real!! Consider the next image.
In this final photograph, the negative was scanned at home as opposed to the lab scanning it for me, agian the imperfections add to the overall feel. They give it a worn look, as if its been discovered in a shoe box at the bottom of a cupboard or closet.
If you have a love of photography and want to try something a little different, even maybe a little outside of your comfort zone, then perhaps its time to take a step back and try film. What's the worst that could happen? This selection of shots are all straight out of the camera with no editing.
There are many more of my film photographs in my Flickr Stream Film set.