Monday, June 29, 2015

My Adventure w/ Film Photography


A couple of months ago I got a film camera (after a brutal bidding war). It’s a Canon AE-1, not to be mistaken for the AE-1 Program, and it came with the original Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8 lens. So far I’ve tested this bad boy out with Kodak’s Ultramax 400 and Tri-X 400 film, and the photos came out better than I expected. Right now I’m testing out Fujifilm’s Superia X-Tra 400, which is suppose to be drastically different than Kodak so we’ll see how that works out. I’m really surprised by the quality of film cameras since the majority of them are so old, but these were the equivalent to what a DSLR is to us now back then.
I’ve never taken a photography class, so I had to learn everything online (e.g., shutter speed, film speed, aperture). I’d research stuff all day long because I was so excited to play with it, so excited that I messed up my first roll! LOL! I didn’t install the roll correctly and somehow all 24 exposures came out on one picture, I couldn’t stop laughing at myself.

Kodak Ultramax 400
Kodak Tri-X 400

I was so nervous that a lot of these photos would turn out underexposed and I’m glad they didn’t. Shooting film is a lot of fun and it’s really cool to see how they turned out. If you have the resources to do film photography I highly suggest it! Plus it’s a great way to learn how to manually use a camera without being able to cheat with the automatic modes!

If you want to check the rest of my photos with the Canon AE-1, click me!