For the past month or so, I decided to dive into the world of film photography and it has been a great and rewarding experience so far. I had the urge to try it out last year but did not go through with it. However, last month a friend of mines was thinking about trying film photography so I decided to join her. Luckily I was able to get ahold of my dad’s Nikon F3T which has probably not been used for 15+ years. Might as well make good use of a beautiful camera. With some new batteries and 4 rolls of film, I began to use the first roll as my experimental roll to become familiar with the controls, exposure, and overall handling of the camera.
After developing the first two roll of films I started to realize just how expensive film photography could get. I managed to find a place where they could develop the negatives with low res scans for $13 which is better than what I paid to develop my first roll. As a result, I am definitely going to be extra careful with my shots making sure they are correctly exposed and in focus.
One thing I did notice after getting my developed films back was the nice grains and color in the photos when correctly exposed. There is something about film photos that cannot be seen in digital photos which make it so unique and very appreciated even to this day. It may be a niche market for film photography but one thing for sure, it is still widely loved by plenty of people. I believe it is going to be one of the things you can never replace and will be cherished for many generations.
I will definitely follow up with a review about film vs digital sometime in the future when I am proficient with it, but for now, I will continue to enjoy both formats.
Here are some shots I took: