Film Photography is not dead. It’s just better

For a long while now the argument on which is better between film and digital photography as been on, Personally, I think film photography is better than digital photography — I’ll share with you my opinion, I hope to convince you with these few reasons of mine.

 

Slowing down

In today’s world, things keep getting faster and faster. Shooting film has helped me slow down in life. For me, I treat film photography like zen meditation. Film is slow. It takes a long time to get your film processed. I still have rolls of film I’ve shot 2 years ago I haven’t got processed yet. But I’m not in a rush. In today’s fast-food culture, ‘slow food’ is catching on. In today’s fast digital photography and Instagram culture, ‘slow photography’ is catching on.

I think myself and a lot of people are fed up with the insane rate of the world— expecting you to respond to What’s App messages in seconds, emails in minutes, and to make big life decisions in just days.

Anything that slows me down is good. Like writing a hand-written letter, instead of shooting off a text message. Like enjoying a relaxing 3 hour dinner — rather than just grabbing McDonalds.

   Film photos look better than digital photos.

Film photography will always look better than digital photography, period.

The best digital photos are the ones that simulate the look of film. Fujifilm is making their JPEG images look like their old film images. VSCO is making presets to make clinical and soulless digital photos have life— by adding grain, randomness, and softer colors.

VSCO

Even with digital music— they often add a ‘warming filter’ which adds random ‘stochastic’ noise, to add warmth, and soul to the music. Kind of like the hissing and popping of an old vinyl record.

I am a big fan of shooting on smartphones and iPhones in general. But to be frank, all the photos I’ve shot on Kodak Portra 400 totally shits on any photo I’ve shot on my smartphone and processed in VSCO.

Kodak Portra 400

 Less is More

Photography is all about capturing a single moment, and the truest expression of that is with a single image.

Flick through your phone or DSLR. You’ll likely find numerous shots of basically the same thing, all from slightly different angles, or perhaps with no variation at all. You just retook it for fear of the shakes.

If someone came around to see your vacation snaps, you would have to explain that “this is a carnation I saw while walking in Central Park. And this is it again from a different angle.”

Show them one strong image from each important moment of your vacation instead and you give them a better and more engaging impression of your time there. There’s an art and confidence in putting all your attention into a single image. You don’t need to do it over and over because you’ve put all your effort in capturing it this once. Digital breeds a culture of recapturing a shot; after all, it’s so easy. It’s also utterly pointless. You won’t treasure these excesses; they’ll just become lost in a sea of same-old-same-old.

Film Lasts Longer

We capture moments to relive those days gone by when we’re at our lowest. Photos are meant to last. Digital ones don’t, however.

Okay, in theory, digital will go on longer than analog, but that notion doesn’t take into account how storage and backup technology evolves. We might use USBs or SD cards at the moment, but they’re not permanent. It’s like storing your pictures on a floppy disk; try to find a PC to retrieve them! Even storing stuff on CDs seems old-fashioned now.

What we use today — even cloud systems — will be superseded by another technological marvel, and we might remember to transfer files most of the time, but we’ll lose some too, especially if a computer unexpectedly dies.

And what if there’s a corrupt file? That much-loved photo is lost to the scratchy streaks of the rainbow. Even Vint Cerf, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, advises you print out your images.

Don’t get me wrong: prints won’t last either. Sunlight exposure, for one, will fade all your printed photos, no matter whether they were originally digital or film images. This is why Polaroids are literally just snapshots: they won’t last.

Finally in conclusion I will do a quick review of some of this film catridges for you

Fujifilm instax mini twin pack instant film

Fuji instax twin
  • Designed for use with Instax Mini line of cameras
  • Hi-Speed 800 ISO
  • Vivid, sharp images
  • Image Size: 2.13″ x 3.4″
  • Hi-Speed 800 ISO
  • Super-Fine grain
  • Vivid, sharp images

 

 

 

Fujfilm instax mini film party value pack

Use your Fujifilm camera and this Instax mini film value pack to capture memories as instant Polaroid photos. Once you snap a picture, it takes mere moments for it to develop so you can easily share the picture with friends. This Instax mini film value pack contains 60 sheets that deliver vivid photos in crisp, vibrant color

Polaroid 2×3 inch premium

Polaroid 2X3
  • Smudge-Proof, Water- & Tear-Resistant; Reproduces Millions of Vivid, Hi-Res Colors
  • Earth Friendly; No Cartridges & No Extra Packaging to Discard for Reduced Waste
  • Peel-Off & Sticky-Backed; Prints Dry to Touch & with Protective Polymer Overcoat
  • Long-Lasting Image; Fade-Resistant Even with Exposure to Light, Heat & Humidity
  • Latest Version; Reinvented M230 Premium Formulation Ensures Peak Performance

 

 

Polaroid original instants film [cameras film]

Kodak instants

The original OneStep dates back to 1977, and the sequel borrows a lot of the same basic design, with a cream-colored casing, big red shutter button and Polaroid’s distinctive rainbow stripe down the front. However, there’s been a few tweaks borrowed from the I-1, like a more open viewfinder and two rows of lights on the top indicating how many shots are left on your film cartridge. It’s simple and low-tech, which suits the camera just fine.

Each package of film only holds eight shots, which feels a bit dicey in a world where we can take thousands of shots on our phones. But Polaroid Originals also developed a new film for the OneStep 2, called i-Type. The film is specifically optimized for the new camera and won’t work with vintage models.

Fujifilm instax mini9 instant camera

  • Accepts Fujifilm instax Instant Film
  • Produces Credit Card-Sized Prints
  • Fujinon 60mm f/12.7 Lens
  • Optical Viewfinder with Target Spot

 

Lomography – konstructors transparent collectors edition

Konstructor DIY
  • Special Edition: Camera lovers and curious observers have the chance to see the inner workings of an analogue SLR with the Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition.
  • For Display Only: This collector’s item is made for display purposes only and not for actual photographic use.
  • Lomo-fy Your Space: The Konstruktor Transparent might just be the accessory you’re looking for to add a much-needed analogue touch to your home or work space.

 

Canon EOS rebel

Perfect for families, budding photo enthusiasts and first-time SLR users alike, the EOS Rebel T5 makes it easy to capture movies and photos that are nothing short of dazzling. It features a powerful 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor for easy recording of HD video and high-resolution photos and has a huge 3.0-inch LCD screen for Live View recording and review. With a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system, an expanded ISO range for outstanding operation in less-than-perfect light, shooting modes like Scene Intelligent Auto to take the guesswork out of complex shots plus creative options like Canon’s Basic+ function and Creative Auto, the EOS Rebel T5 is ready for anything. With a helpful Feature Guide, rugged, lightweight construction and proven Canon design, the EOS Rebel T5 makes EOS SLR photography faster and easier than ever!

canon eos rebel t5