I'm a sucker for short-form documentaries and analog photography, so when I came across Filmmaker David Drill's "Master of Camera," I had to watch. It's a very well-done story of camera repairman, Gian Luigi Carminati, who's been repairing cameras for almost sixty years.
Patrick Hall made a joke earlier today about how an article on film photography is outdated; obviously, he believes film is dead. But from the countless articles we have on Fstoppers with very, very opinionated readers, we all know that isn't the case. If anything, there has been a rise in the purchase and use of old film cameras. Even wedding photographers have started adding in film to their packages. Is film kitschy? Maybe sometimes, but there is plenty out there that truly is art.
After watching "Master of Camera," I'm feeling quite guilty that I haven't picked up my Autocord in almost a year. I used to shoot and develop my own film while I was in school and had access to a great darkroom. Collodion was my jam! Call me a hipster. I don't care; shooting and developing your own film is so much fun, and I feel like it helps you look back and appreciate all that we have in this digital age.
And Carminati is right: are you surprised anymore? How many of you shoot an image and immediately look at the back of your camera? Doesn't that kind of suggest that even though we see that light meter, we have to double-check to really know what we are doing? Is it "cheating" when you look? I have a few friends who turn off the auto-review, and one friend even has a custom cover so that they are not tempted to rely on the screen. That's a bit much in my opinion, but just something to think about.
New Year's resolution? Try to shoot a roll a month! Do you still shoot film?