Caleb Tanner is a New Zealand-based photographer who is living and working in Auckland. He started shooting film for nearly 1 year ago and was just featured on Shooting Film in July.
Caleb shoots mainly his children with his medium format cameras and black and white film. He has many reasons to keep on this passion and here are 5 main things he would like to share with us.
1. I really like the tones, colours and the imperfections. There are dedicated apps and editing programs aimed at re-creating the look of film. Why? Because it has character.
2. It makes me think more and be more engaged with what I am doing. The process is more purposeful and deliberate. Hand processing adds more layers to the creativity, so that the images are truly my own from start to finish.
3. It has helped develop my skill and learn about using a camera, the various settings and attempt to work with more control. Film is valuable. I don't want to waste it. I am slower and more thoughtful as a result.
4. The equipment is nicer. My Yashica-D is a delight to use, it is very sexy and just feels better. I love my digital but the film equipment feel like real tools that has to be engaged with. I have my film cameras on display. Not so with my digital.
5. You never know if you caught that shot until the film is developed. No champing or tweaking. A good shot is crafted and created. The images become more precious as a result. When you get a good image it is really satisfying. I spend more time looking at my film shots than with my digital images.
See more of his work at his photostream on Flickr.