Why Film Photography is the Best Companion for Your Next Adventure

Why Film Photography is the Best Companion for Your Next Adventure

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Why Film Photography is the Best Companion for Your Next Adventure

Hasselblad Xpan II, 30mm f5.6 ASPH, Kodak Vision 3 250D, ECN-2, Lake Tekapo, NZ

Film photography has been making a comeback in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does it offer a unique look and feel, but it also allows you to slow down and be more intentional with your shots. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with digital images, film offers a refreshing change of pace.

If you’re planning a trip to somewhere, taking a film camera along with you can enhance your experience in ways you might not expect. Here are some of the reasons why film photography is the best companion for your next adventure.

With my Xpan II at Hooker Valley
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A Different Perspective

Film photography forces you to think before you click. You can’t just snap away without consideration for light, composition, and other factors. This forces you to look at the world in a different way, to slow down and truly take in your surroundings. With a film camera, every shot counts, and this makes you more mindful of your surroundings.

Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160, Hooker Valley, NZ
Plaubel Makina 67, Ilford FP4, Red Filter, Hooker Valley, NZ

Unique Aesthetic

Film photography has a certain look that digital simply can’t replicate. The grain, texture, and micro-contrast all contribute to a unique aesthetic that sets film apart. You can try different film stock to pick the one you like.

Plaubel Makina 67, Ilford FP4, Red Filter, Glenorchy, NZ

A Connection to the Past

Using a film camera connects you to a rich tradition of photography. Many of the greatest photographers in history used film cameras, and you can feel that connection when you use one yourself. It’s like stepping back in time and seeing the world through a different lens.

Increased Creativity

When you’re using a film camera, you’re limited to a certain number of shots. This means you have to be more intentional with your shots, which can lead to increased creativity. You’ll find yourself experimenting with different angles, compositions, and techniques in order to make the most of your shots.

Hasselblad Xpan II, 30mm f5.6 ASPH, Kodak Vision 3 250D, ECN-2, Lake Tekapo, NZ

Long-Lasting Memories

Film negatives can last for decades, if not longer. This means that the memories you capture with your film camera will last a lifetime. Digital images, on the other hand, can be lost or corrupted with the passing of time.

Hasselblad Xpan II, 30mm f5.6 ASPH, Kodak Vision 3 250D, ECN-2, Auckland, NZ

In conclusion, using a film camera on your next adventure will be an experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll see the world in a different way, create unique and beautiful images, and preserve your memories for a lifetime. So why not give it a try and see what you can create?

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  1. I shoot film and digital and I have to say that the part about slowing down is correct. But also shooting digital being mindful of composition light and just not just praying and spraying becomes more instinctual after learning and training your mind to slow down. I’m not knocking film because I love the medium, but I really think that if people took the time to just mindfully compose a photograph it doesn’t matter what medium you are using. It’s all about the journey of the image.

    • Yeah, I totally hear you! I’m on the same page as you. At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s easy to get your hands on, feels good to use, and makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be film.

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