Old school

LAST year my mum searched and dug out her old film camera and since then I have been hooked. I absolutely love it!

Mum’s old film camera that I use is a Minolta X700 which is a 35mm single lens reflex. I have to buy rolls of film from Stephen Jones Photography, ISO 200 which takes 36 photographs. The Minolta has no screen, just a small viewing window to peer through, with little ability to see what your photos will look like. They can either turn out good or bad, which most of my early attempts were!

Thirty six shots later and the roll is sent to a camera shop in Auckland for developing. One to two weeks after I have sent the film roll away a USB stick is sent back to me. This is certainly the most exciting part as you can finally see what your images look like. I have taken photos from all the way up North at Matapouri to all the way down South in Christchurch and the photos turn out sort of retro looking, with a bit of grain, which gives them that ‘old school’ feel with a contemporary edge.

Not many people use film cameras anymore as it is a ‘thing of the past’ and with technology forever upgrading and changing, digital cameras and smartphones are now the go to for taking photos.

With digital cameras you can take the photo and instantly see what it looks like on the camera. This process is much faster than film and this is why digital has taken over. You can also upload your photos onto laptops or computers and get them printed at local camera shops whenever you want.

The style of how people take photos has changed a lot over time. Take the Instagram photo for example. These photos are often less-candid as you ask a friend to take a photo before posting it. This often means taking many photos then choosing the best one to post.

Selfies have also become a huge trend in photography, something not possible with the Minolta X700! This has changed photography as we have become able to not only look at our images instantly but can edit, add, delete, manipulate and change the photo to something that is not necessarily natural or realistic.

Whereas in film, the photo turns out raw and honest and this is surprisingly refreshing for me, as for years I have re-touched and edited photos. When you send it away and get the developed pictures back it is exciting to see what they look like. I believe that is something that you cannot edit as you are taking away the retro and old school feel to the photos.

In reality, photography will be forever changing and technology will continue to change the way we document our lives. Film still has a part to play in the art of photography. I am just getting started!

LAST year my mum searched and dug out her old film camera and since then I have been hooked. I absolutely love it!

Mum’s old film camera that I use is a Minolta X700 which is a 35mm single lens reflex. I have to buy rolls of film from Stephen Jones Photography, ISO 200 which takes 36 photographs. The Minolta has no screen, just a small viewing window to peer through, with little ability to see what your photos will look like. They can either turn out good or bad, which most of my early attempts were!

Thirty six shots later and the roll is sent to a camera shop in Auckland for developing. One to two weeks after I have sent the film roll away a USB stick is sent back to me. This is certainly the most exciting part as you can finally see what your images look like. I have taken photos from all the way up North at Matapouri to all the way down South in Christchurch and the photos turn out sort of retro looking, with a bit of grain, which gives them that ‘old school’ feel with a contemporary edge.

Not many people use film cameras anymore as it is a ‘thing of the past’ and with technology forever upgrading and changing, digital cameras and smartphones are now the go to for taking photos.

With digital cameras you can take the photo and instantly see what it looks like on the camera. This process is much faster than film and this is why digital has taken over. You can also upload your photos onto laptops or computers and get them printed at local camera shops whenever you want.

The style of how people take photos has changed a lot over time. Take the Instagram photo for example. These photos are often less-candid as you ask a friend to take a photo before posting it. This often means taking many photos then choosing the best one to post.

Selfies have also become a huge trend in photography, something not possible with the Minolta X700! This has changed photography as we have become able to not only look at our images instantly but can edit, add, delete, manipulate and change the photo to something that is not necessarily natural or realistic.

Whereas in film, the photo turns out raw and honest and this is surprisingly refreshing for me, as for years I have re-touched and edited photos. When you send it away and get the developed pictures back it is exciting to see what they look like. I believe that is something that you cannot edit as you are taking away the retro and old school feel to the photos.

In reality, photography will be forever changing and technology will continue to change the way we document our lives. Film still has a part to play in the art of photography. I am just getting started!

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