Over the past several months I've developed a new love for the look of film. It has something that I just don't see much in digital photos. It has character. I would love to bring that energy to my photos, but the bad thing for me is that I know nothing about shooting film. My first camera was a Nikon D50 and I hadn't given film even a brief chance...until now. Recently, I've tried to simulate different film looks in post, but of course there is only one way to get it right on. I need to go back to the basics. I need to learn to shoot film.
Last week I decided to bite the bullet and buy a film camera. With the helpful advice of our awesome wedding photographer Roger Ellsworth, of EPLOVE PHOTO, I purchased a Canon AE-1 Program with a 50mm 1.8. I don't know too much about this camera yet, but I do know that it came out in the early 80's as an entry level camera and they made a ton of them which made it super easy for me to find one. The first time I held it in my hands was pretty magical. I mean, I've held a film camera in the past, but I've developed a whole new appreciation for photography in the last 6 years so this was way better. Having to manually focus, and manually advance the film after each frame gives me a whole new level of control over my camera. Even the shutter sounds amazing. The only thing now is being able to use it. I don't expect too much out of my first few rolls of film... but in due time, I hope I can get out of it was I was looking for. I can't wait.