For my first “Analogue For A Day,” I decided it would be appropriate to try out a photo shoot with my friend Erika, strictly with film. I had done some digital photo shoots in the past, sometimes bringing along a film camera or two, but never before did I give my full trust to film…until now. Read on!
Sometimes, it’s difficult to rely solely upon film. What if the negative is incorrectly exposed? What if i miss a shot because I’m too focused on tweaking my ancient Canon AE-1 Program? What if the end result has a color cast I dislike?
Personally, I love taking my friends out for photo shoots. It’s fun, exciting, and I know my friends feel great to be a pseudo-model for the day, posing for the camera. Most of the time, someone always has their digital camera on hand, just to make sure they get the shots that a digital screen ensures.
When I brought my close friend Erika to the park to shoot a nature-themed photo shoot, she gasped when I told her all I had brought along were my film cameras – my Canon AE-1 and my Lubitel 166+. “Will that be okay???” she asked me, worried. “Yes, yes it will,” I replied. I smiled because I knew that I had wanted try out this purely analogue experience for awhile, and now I was going to finally do it!
We found great places, with lots of natural light for proper exposure – I wanted to avoid dim locations that may trick my Canon into incorrect exposure. The gardens that we visited were quaint and secluded, a great escape from the daily grind.
Unfortunately, some of my fears were realized. I did have some trouble focusing correctly in the places with trees and shade, which can be seen in the above photo.
And many of the photos were overexposed…
But, I did come out with a few gems, and some really great photos that had all the qualities that I love about Lomography. I had an accidental double exposure, which turned out looking great and unplanned! It almost looks a bit vintage, too.
And my favorite shot, seen right below, turned out absolutely perfect – awesome exposure, focus, balance, composition, and the great x-pro look that we all know and love. I can tell that this photo was taken by film, because it’s got that authentic quality we yearn to see in our Lomographs.
Overall, taking a chance and ditching the digital was a really good experience. I learned how to trust my instincts more deeply, to pay more attention to the photo, and to really just “let go,” and let analogue do its thing. I enjoyed the results, despite some mistakes, but I intend to learn from those mistakes and better my next all-analogue photo shoot in the future.
See my entire photo shoot with Erika here.
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