About a year ago I bought myself a used Contax 645. A film camera. It was my Christmas present to myself / tax write off / I’m in a creative rut and need a new toy present. Film is SO intimidating. I second guess myself all the time when shooting film. There’s no LCD to check. There’s no “spray and pray”. Each time you press the shutter you are paying $2 so you have to get the shot. The Contax is all manual focus which is HARD when shooting fast kids. Film is scary.
But, the results are oh, so beautiful. It took me nearly a year to send in some of my film. I was so scared each roll was going to turn out black. And that the people at the film lab were going to think I was so lame and laugh at me and talk behind my back (can you tell I had issues in high school?). However, I surprised myself. I’m no Jose Villa, but there were some good shots. Sure, there were a lot more bad shots than good, but the ones that were good were really good. It almost makes me want to shoot film exclusively. There’s no post work. You just send it to the lab and they send you back beautiful scans and you are done. Easy. Except it’s really not that easy because shooting film is hard. Sigh.
I’m going to keep practicing. Maybe I’ll even bring it out on a real shoot or two. With people who are older than 4 and will stay still for more than 10 seconds.
And if you’re interested I have been shooting with Fuji Pro 800Z film and the lab I have been using is Richard Photo Lab and I love them. They put up with my endless questions and don’t make me feel stupid. And I love how they have gone above and beyond to help me even though they know I am a beginner film shooter and won’t be giving them a ton of business. They made me feel important and I appreciate that.