“I don’t like these, can you shoot a few more?”
How many times do you hear this sentence during the day? Or what they said while sitting with your friends, “Everybody close, I’m taking a selfie!”sentence in the same way. We all cannot deny that taking photos are a huge part of our lifes. Was it always this easy to do, were we able to take dozens or even hundreds of photos in seconds and pose in various kinds? Of course not. It was the passion to record every moment people lived that made it easy. But nowadays there are some people who do not want to forget the old besides this technology. Yes, they are analogue photographers. Let’s remember the old days and go back to the age of digital cameras and phones and take a look at analog photographs and photography!
Analogue photography consists of shots made using an analogue camera and 35 mm film. Using film has a big difference than using digital. The image you shot in the analogue is processed on the film with the help of light and remains there. In digital, the image is processed by the sensor of the machine and transforms into a form that we can see directly. Shortly, shooting with analogue allows you to hold an image that you see with your eyes in a concrete way, you can touch and feel the film. Magical, right? When you start analog photography, there are some new words you are going to hear much. To name a few of them: fresh film, stale film, manual and semi-automatic machines. The biggest difference between fresh film and stale film is their image quality. Stale films are mostly used by people who like vintage look but there is some risk about it. No matter how much you pay attention, you may be disappointed that all the photos you took with the old film are not revealed. Photographers using a manual camera make all the settings such as adjusting the light and wrapping the film. Semi-automatic, on the other hand, varies according to the types, but generally has options such as facilitating the light or wrapping the film automatically, which will help beginners get used to it.
You may be wondering why people are turning to analogue cameras again instead of shooting easily and doing all this but answers is so simple: Instagram. Of course it is not just Instagram but it always support analog vibe with effects. Even Instagram’s logo is an analogue camera! Then people who using effects realised photos are very aesthetic in their profile and thought ‘Why shouldn’t I shoot more beautiful and real pictures on Instagram?.’ This thought led to the rise in popularity.
The best and the worst feature of analogue photography is that we cannot see the photos we take instantly. You can only see those beautiful frames you captured when the poses are over. Considering that you are a beginner photographer, this situation may seem like a huge problem in the beginning, such as burning too many movies, overlapping images you think you are wonderfully tuned, or not adjusting the light, but as you progress and get used to it, these situations will stop affecting you! On the contrary, you will understand the value of them and start to make mistakes on purpose and you will wonder what they will encounter. Be careful! After putting your film on the camera, it should definitely not come into contact with sunlight until the poses you took are finished, otherwise the film will burn and you will not be able to see the photos. We don’t want the perfect poses you took with so much effort to be wasted.
Calm, it is not world’s end. You can take as many pictures as the pose you have. This teach you to understand the value of what you have and try to attract the best. For example waiting for minutes to capture the best moment of sunrise and seeing the perfect picture is priceless.
This period when we cannot leave the house may not sound like the right time to start this hobby, but I have good news for you. Analogue cameras do not have light problems indoors so they can take better pictures without any problems. You can create unique images in different concepts by using the mirrors, lamps, various fabrics and threads in your home. Even if you don’t have any of these, when you open the window of the room and look behind the camera, you can see details you haven’t noticed before. Do not limit yourself!
We would love to see the images you took with your camera, don’t forget to share them with us!
Eskisehir Osmangazi University – Mechanical Engineer