i’ve sort of taken up photography again. no, not digital. analog–i use film. fun.
i (re)started christmas of 2008. there was a christmas party and i didn’t have a proper digital camera. my phone camera has a puny 0.3 megapixel resolution so it only counts in the desperate category. but i was deperate and used it anyway and, as expected, i was disappointed with the results. the only real camera that i have is an slr that i bought a little over 10 years ago so i can take pictures of my then baby boy. he’s not a baby anymore.
for the next christmas reunion, i decided to buy a couple of rolls of film, a pair of batteries and resurrect the camera. i haven’t used it for more than a year and i was afraid that it wouldn’t work anymore but i felt confident that it would because i stored the camera properly. as usual, everything was a little expensive since i had to have the roll developed and printed. it was by luck that i met someone in a chinese new year culinary tour of binondo who gave me tips on how to save a lot on everything related to film photography. it turns out that one (or two) of her photography arsenal during the tour was a film camera. she even gave me a roll of film. 🙂 (thanks for that kat. i’ll pay it forward.)
so now, i get my film and batteries at about half the cost; i have the film developed, scanned to cd and delivered to my doorstep at a good price. and i don’t have the film printed anymore. major downsides i can think of are:
- to save money on the cost of development, i have to wait until i have four to five rolls of film before i send it off for developing. this usually takes me three to four weeks
- i do not control of the scanning resolution. good film scanners are in the five-digit region and that is too expensive for me
- that i have two copies of my pictures–one on film and one on cd. if i have i digital camera, i wouldn’t have film as a backup. this saves me the worry on where to store my pictures
- i don’t have to spend for a digital slr camera. at least not now na now na now na
- i like the novelty of having a film camera. i get a kick at looking at surprised faces when they get to know that i’m using film. classic.
- i’m having fun with it and that’s what matters 🙂