Film photography became popular among people in the 60-70s. After that period, it had ups and downs, but never disappeared. What makes it so special during all these years? I think it’s a mixture of standout style and contemplative approach to the photo shooting process.
I have chosen a Rolleiflex film camera for my photo sessions. This compact device with remarkable design opened a whole new world of photography for me. Working with it, I have developed another vision of photo shooting and found a special professional connection with the camera.
What I find exceptionally good about film photos – they are everlasting. Decades can pass, but the photo will look the same. Besides, the limited quantity of shots makes the photographer more considerate and thorough. I noticed how much attention is paid to each photo during the film photography process. There are just 12 shots available, so I need to take care of them well.
Speaking about the contemplative approach, I also mean that all the settings are to be controlled manually. The photographer should be concentrated on focusing, posing, composition and other details. No mistakes are allowed. That’s the only way to take great photos.
Rolleiflex film camera allows you to feel the whole range of professional responsibility. You will see that the quality of the final shot depends on you only. The complete control over the photo shooting process turns on all your professional skills and makes them work at full capacity. Aside from that, each press on the shutter costs a lot. And nobody wants to waste their money. It makes you work harder.
Moreover, skills you have got after working with a film camera affect your working with a digital camera. The whole vision of photography upgrades to the new level. And it becomes visible in your photos. What is also visible and eye-catching is the outlook of the camera. It is designed in a retro style and proudly considered as a progenitor and gold standard of all twin lens cameras.
My medium format film cameras cover almost every need I may face as a professional photographer. They allow me to take close-up shots as well as wide shots. Medium format photos are so good. They’re even suitable for large-format printing. The quality of such photos is comparable with digital ones.
Practicing film photography in Charleston is an amazing idea. This city is old and beautiful, you do not need to look for picturesque areas. Every inch of it deserves to be photographed. The Rolleiflex camera makes the photos even better. I prefer black and white photography, as it gives an inimitable vibe to the pictures. They are soaked with the atmosphere of something meaningful. They resemble a set of old postcards that you have cherished for years. I am sure this form of photo art will never leave you indifferent.