Recently rediscovering my uncles 45yr old Canon FTb film camera, I decided to get back into the old-school method. In my youth, I experimented developing my own film, as well as making my own pinhole camera – so I had the knowledge before the practical application of taking photos with film.
Forcing myself to use film I bought from eBay, I took the camera on my recent trip to Japan and a family wedding. It really gave me the opportunity to rethink how I take photos altogether. The 26 picture limit was the biggest curveball, but also refreshing to not take 1000x pictures of the same subject (like I usually do). Taking the time and effort for one subject, one shot made me really care about what I was photographing.
With the getting used to a manual lens (Canon FD 50mm F2.8), with the camera in-built light meter, the thought of lighting became increasing the main focus behind each shot. I wanted to create the vintage-looking images with a bit of grain, infinite DOF and easy to understand image (not too arty).
With this in mind, it was photographing people that really gave me the best result. The highlights compared to the darker backgrounds really make the images pop. They also create a more ‘real’ keepsake or memory compared to any images captured on phones or DLRs. Even compared to a shot of just a landmark. As I was able to get them instantly printed to a digital format, the result of physical images from a 26 image roll of film made the whole 2 week film development process totally worth it.