In the last few years, analog photographic processes have been making a big resurgence. After many years of emulating the film look digitally with presets, such as for Lightroom, many photographers are making the full jump into film photography.
But what are some barriers to entry? In this video, Imran Nuri outlines film photography for various levels of film shooters.
The most basic film consideration is for someone who hasn’t shot film before or hasn’t even photographed at all before. If this is you and you’ve never shot anything before or haven’t shot anything on film before, then working with a film camera can be a new way to see the world and reignite that photographic spark. Obviously, unlike digital photography, film comes with the challenge of having each image "matter" more since you have a limited amount of film to shoot with. Each frame has a monetary cost attached to it. This, along with an inherently different look for different film stocks can mean that there may be very little afterthought needed once the roll is shot. Shoot and develop; there's no need to worry about pesky post-processing. Soon, you too will be raving about Portra 400!
Nuri mentions he did spend nearly $1,400 on his film photography, including the cost of film and getting it developed. I was deathly afraid to figure out how much I’d spent on my 4x5, but my cost was only around $900. These figures are scary but shouldn’t be dissuasive. You can probably get away with a cheap camera and a cheap roll of film, including development for under $100 if you’re careful and shop around. It is a bit of a deep dive once you get started, though, and the feeling of getting that first few frames of images back is a rush that you’ll hold onto for a while to come! So, why not give it a go in 2022?!