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Using film in street photography: let’s do it

June 5, 2024
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After first experiences with film and analogue compact camera I can say that I love doing that! I’m still shooting with film (colors and bw) in my street photography, at first it was a sort of curiosity and experimentation. Now it has become something more. But as I said I shoot digitally too, still my first choice, I don’t know what will happen in the future… As previously mentioned, film photography has captivated me, despite its significantly higher costs, longer processing times, and practical inconveniences compared to digital photography. It’s all about the final image quality, which, in my opinion, the modern technologies can’t reach.

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

However, there’s also a deeper aspect with analogic photography: the process. Personally, film and analog compact cameras have pushed me beyond my limits. The limited number of shots per roll and the cost of film make me consider each scene carefully before pressing the shutter. It’s quite the opposite of my impulsive style, reminiscent of Daido Moriyama’s snapshots with digital cameras. Additionally, the flash mounted on 1980s compact film cameras, the small viewfinder that forces precise framing and the audible noise of the shutter and film advance all contribute to my visibility on the streets. Paradoxically, this pushes me to intentionally reveal myself, to lay my cards on the table without hiding anything. Although it’s not my usual approach, but I find it really enjoyable.

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

Anyway, I have developed 6 rolls so far, almost all of them scanned. I have another 6 rolls waiting to be developed (probably this week). I started also scanning the negatives myself, apart from the initial investment in the scanner, I enjoy the process and think that it’s much more cost-effective in the long run. Unfortunately I had issues with the development lab; most of the frames had deep scratches that irreparably damaged my negatives. I managed to recover a lot in post-production, and of course, I’ll be changing the photo lab.

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

film street photography

Actually I’m experimenting different film types. I started with the expensive Kodak porta 400 for color (awesome grain and tones) and ilfordhp5+ for bw (love the strong effect of grain). Now I’m shooting with Kodak ultramax 400 iso color (less expensive than Portra, about half price) and th Kentmere pan 400 iso for bw (about 7,6 euros for roll).

I posted here a small selection of bw and color shots taken this days with my compact analogue cameras (yeshiva mintier, Olympus Mju II 35 mm).

 

That’s all folks

 

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Best, F.S

 

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