Saturday, August 27, 2016

Oriol - 5 things I love about Film

40-year-old Barcelona-based photographer Oriol who joined with us in a film photography project nearly 3 months ago now coming back to share his 5 reasons that make him still love shooting film.

1. A better balance with my life.
Since I restarted shooting film one and a half year ago, I enjoy much more my free time: with film, each photo has a cost, and this forces you to slow down, which is not a bad thing. Now I take less pictures than before, but I focus only on the best possible images and I have much more keepers. I do not have the opportunity to look at the LCD after each picture, so at the end I enjoy much more my time with my family, specially when we travel together.

2. The tactile experience.
I love the simplicity and the lack of computers involved in analogue cameras. It feels much better to use an optical viewfinder, and you do not have to mess with long menus to setup your camera. In fact, in recent years many manufacturers of digital cameras (Fujifilm, Olympus, Nikon) are imitating the dials and looks of traditional film cameras. Still, the experience has nothing to do. With film, you just fix ASA, aperture, shutter, and you are done, which makes you focus on your image rather than in your camera.

3. The image quality.
Simply put, a digital image can not match the look of an analogue photo. The colour rendition, the dynamic range, and the depth make a difference. Indeed, most of the influential bloggers shoot with digital and post process their photos with VSCO, Nik, DxO or Mastin Labs to recreate the look of Portra, Velvia or Tri-X. On the other hand, I still have not met a single analogue photographer trying to emulate the look of digital!

4. No computers involved.
I admit: I hate computers. I already spend too much time in front of a screen at my office and surrounded by other screens (smartphones, tablets) and I love the fact that I do not have to post process any of my analogue photos. One year ago I found the right lab, and since then I am always happy with how my photos look out of the scanner. My work flow has never been simplier and easier.

5. I learn more than ever.
Film can be cruel, and sometimes you learn the hard way, even with small tragedies like forgetting a couple of times to remove the lens cap of my Holga, or not inserting correctly a roll of 35mm in my Canon A-1. And my first rolls of Portra were disappointing, until I learnt that I needed to overexpose them to achieve a better colour. However, this is a learning curve and it can be extremely rewarding: I started taking pictures 10 years ago and the photos I have been taking in the last year with film are far better than all the digital images together taken in the previous 9 years. For the first time, I am starting to enjoy my own photographies.

See more of his work at his Tumblr.

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