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By Marie-Pier Houde

April 8, 2020


You have certainly noticed it, but lately more and more photographers, young or not so young, are interested in film photography. Whether it is with a camera found in the attic or one bought on the shelves of a store, a back-to-basics approach is taking place in the field of photography and several reasons can explain it. Film photography remains an excellent way to learn!


To better understand the basic principles of photography

It's no secret; most film cameras don't have automatic or semi-automatic modes. The photographer therefore finds himself obliged to use the manual mode and, in doing so, to understand it. Some will even tell you that there is nothing better way to learn (or relearn) the basics of photography! Shutter speed, aperture, ISO... the reading of your light meter will guide you to take a well exposed picture.


Marie-Pier Houde
Nikon FE  |  Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Ilford HP5 Plus 400 ISO Black & White Film 135 / 36 Exposures


Understanding the impact of color and light

Before buying your 35mm film and inserting it into your camera, ask yourself the following question: in what context will I take my pictures? Indoors or outdoors? Will it be for portrait or street photography? In black and white, colour or infrared? The answers to these questions will have an impact on the chosen film and the result of the photos. Ask an expert if you need advice on how to choose it.

Marie-Pier Houde
Nikon FE  |  Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Ilford HP5 Plus 400 ISO Black & White Film 135 / 36 Exposures


To take the time to take your pictures

One of the positive aspects of digital photography is that the only limit to taking pictures is the size of the memory card. However, this brings some sloppiness when taking pictures that you can't afford to have in the practice of film photography.

With a film of 24 exposures, you can't take a picture over and over again and hope that one of them will be the right one! Therefore, in addition to thinking about the photo settings, you must also take pleasure in optimizing the composition and framing so that the photo is perfect the first time!

Marie-Pier Houde
Nikon FE  |  Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Ilford HP5 Plus 400 ISO Black & White Film 135 / 36 Exposures


Waiting for the result

After filling in the 24 or 36 exposures of the film, you have to have them developed! Waiting to see if the photos are successful or not is an event in itself and is even more stimulating if we are proud of the result!


For the artistic process

No need to apply a filter on the photos to give that vintage look that is omnipresent on platforms like Instagram. Photographers will therefore choose this process to obtain this vintage look in a natural way, without having to retouch their images.


Are you going to follow the trend and dive back into film photography? If you are one of them, a Gosselin consultant will be able to enlighten you on the subject, whether you need to find a camera, choose your film or have it developed in one of our laboratories!


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