Film Photography Problems

Before I started my business, when I was just getting a handle on my film cameras, I was learning so much! From watching Youtube tutorials on how to load film, to reading old camera manuals to figure out how to use the functions on the film camera - to say the least it was incredible and exhausting!

To put a positive spin on the process, I began to view this as part of the fun, extra entertainment you didn't pay for and I noticed that so many film photographers were struggling with the same issues (actually, if you're interested, check out the instagram page memes_on_film). And so, whenever my film would develop and half of the shots would be over or under exposed or just blank, I would laugh and say to myself "ha, film photography problems!" 

Just because I find this incredibly amusing, I am going to make a list of some of the obstacles I have encountered with film photography, but none of which have stopped my love for this craft. And if you have any comments or more to add to the list, please let me know! I will adapt this as I go through my film journey!

Here we go:

1. The photos might not always turn out. This is just a given, and a reality that every film photographer has to deal with on a daily basis. If you're not prepared for a little disappointment, you shouldn't be in film photography to begin with.

2. Sometimes you will take a photo, get it developed and forget what it is that you took a photo of, which is why a lot of film photographers carry journals around to document their photos as they take them. Maybe I should start doing that?

3. Indoor mirror selfies can be tricky! You think you have the focus right and then it gets developed and you realize that the lighting was off, the photo is blurry and you look... well just inhuman. But when they're done right, they can be very trendy on instagram and people love the mirror selfies.

4. You thought it was a good idea to take the shot in the moment but then it gets developed and you don't know what to do with it. Sometimes a certain leak of light will change the look of that photograph so that it looks nothing like the aesthetics of the other photographs. When this happens, you have a lonely photo that you just don't know what to do with.  

5. The lighting composition turns out completely different when developed. This happens all the time- the camera will see the light VERY differently than your eye.

6. You thought it was going to be a 24 exposure shoot so you brought one film roll, but then you get super into it only to find out that you're on the last shot! *facepalm* I can't even count the number of times that this has happened to me. I never seem to learn.

6. Trying to find good quality film thats cheap in bulk! This seems just absolutely impossible for me. It is so sad to see that film is becoming harder to come by and more expensive. I need more film and I need it at a good price!!

7. You take a photo of a moving object and you think it will come out blurry, but it actually comes out as the most legendary shot (see the feature image of this blog for reference). I took this photo very awkwardly and randomly as this kid was zooming passed me on his tricycle, and when I got it developed I saw that I actually caught him looking at the camera DEAD in the lens. Good day, good day. 

Now I call this blog post 'film photographer problems', but maybe it should be called 'film photographer realities' cause yeah, these are some of the things that we deal with all the time that the DSLR folk would not be able to relate to. 

Shoot a comment, let me know what you think!

WITH LOVE & GRATITUDE, TAM
TIME ILLUMINATED

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