Why I shoot Film

I started to take images since I moved to the UK: street photography first, then landscapes and urban, when I was unable to travel. I liked the idea to take with me, almost everywhere, a (relatively) light camera and the fact that I could see my images only after developing and scanning my film rolls.

Why Film and not Digital

But, why film? This isn’t a list about why and why not shoot film and isn’t related to costs and gear. Its just about why I prefer a film SLR to any digital option.

"I went for film, once again"
I do have something that I call “an open relationship” with film photography. I was born when many professional were still shooting film, but my first camera was digital. Then I jumped into the analog world: I liked it a lot, but I had to put it aside because clients liked the immediacy of digital more.
It took me another couple of years to decide what to do with photography and my personal needs and guess… I went for film, once again.

the Scottish countryside on Kodak Portra 400 overexposed by one stop

"I can’t see myself shooting with a camera which doesn’t have a film loaded in it"
I know I could easily take sharper images and my workflow would be much quicker (and probably easier) with a digital camera, but there’s something that sticks me to film.
It’s hard to explain, but today I can’t see myself shooting with a camera which doesn’t have some film loaded in it.

The Whole Process of Shooting Film

I believe it’s the whole process. It starts when the film get delivered to my house and ends when I print the final image. Getting the negatives back from the lab is super exciting and there’s something magic in watching your own image becoming real, while popping out from the printer.

Apennines. Italy on Kodak Portra 400 overexposed by on stop

I know I might do the same with a digital camera, but in most cases I ended up storing images in digital folders or, just send them to friends and clients through email or cloud services.
Also, I’ve never been totally happy about their look: too precise with those clinical details and perfect tones and colours. Sometimes, even unreal.
Film looks natural and true. I love that and, once opened in Lightroom, I don’t have to tweak the file “to death” in order to achieve the result I’m after.

"Unpredictability makes shooting film even more exciting"
I know, in most cases, the image will look great out of the box and, that little unpredictability and inability to look at your images immediately makes shooting film even more exciting and interesting.

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