Okay, let’s get a confession out of the way: This isn’t strictly my first foray into film photography.
As a 90s kid, I grew up being snapped on film by my parents and grandparents, and used a fair few disposable cameras myself back in the day.
Recently, I picked up a second-hand Olympus Trip MD3 (a 20 year old camera!) to have a bit of a play with. Here are some of the (mixed) results:
Leaving the camera in my handbag nearly all of the time meant that I could just pick it up and grab it whenever I was passing through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, enabling me to capture it in all its glory. (Or at least have a crack at doing that, anyway.)
I’m still desperately finding my feet with film.
I’m so used to shooting digitally: getting that second chance to take a shot, being able to delete a dud photo, chimping to my heart’s content at the back screen of my DSLR to see if it’s come out right. Basically doing everything to make sure that it’s as close to ‘perfection’ as possible.
The beauty of film is that it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Digital photography is hard to mess up. So it’s generally expected that the results are excellent.
But with 35mm, there’s a lot more room for imperfection; enabling you to push the perfectionism aside and embrace those filmic foibles.
Like I mentioned, I’ve been using the Olympus Trip MD3 camera, which is a point and shoot film camera from 1998. It cost a mere £15 from London Camera Exchange.
This roll of film was essentially a ‘tester’, to ensure the camera was actually working.
If you were wondering, the shots were taken on Kodak Gold 200, which is a film I’d never used before. I’m pleasantly surprised with it, for saying it’s a cheap, consumer grade film. Not that I’m an expert or anything…
As I said, I just left the camera in my bag for the past couple of months and snapped whenever I felt like it.
I took it on the trip to Manchester that I mentioned in this post. And while the photos aren’t great, there’s a certain charm in them that you just don’t get with digital.
(Yes, the focussing’s totally off, the grain’s prevalent, and instead of rushing through it, I could’ve done a far better job at composing all the shots, but messing up is an important part of the learning curve, isn’t it?)
By the way, when I was a kid, I would ALWAYS accidentally cover the lens with my finger. It’s something that I grew out of when digital cameras came along, but the ‘pinky problem’ was a running joke in my family. Everyone fully expected my photos to have a pink hue in one corner. And, true to form, I ended up doing it on one shot here… Some things you never grow out of…
What do you prefer? Film or digital?