How to be a Film Photographer: A Mini Course (Introduction to Part One)

This is my first year out of art school. Still trying to get my grasp on the real world.

I am now 22.

Photography was my major at The Learning Connexion: School of Art and Creativity. I loved it, I fell down the rabbit hole. Three and a half years flew by so quickly. I began learning digital photography in my second year. I switched to film photography in my third year when I discovered the endless artistic merits of film. The third year made me a very proficient and disciplined artist.

After my course, I moved down to Christchurch, mainly to save myself. Wellington is a very expensive city and turns into a depressing limbo after University.

I'm a hybrid analog photographer. I tend to digitally archive my photos and also print them by hand. Best of both worlds.

Annually, I shoot an average of six rolls a month, but that number might increase. Spending six months away from the school darkroom got unnerving. My collection of unprocessed film was getting too large to take into a film lab so in December, after some thought, I decided to invest in a darkroom set up.

It is now April, everything has been functioning for two months and I am very content. I have found myself again.

Becoming a film photographer is something where you need to smartly invest. It doesn't cost a leg and a spare kidney like digital, but it does require some conscious thought about your purchases.

If you thought setting up your darkroom was an impossible feat, I will say this... Its okay.  Film still exists, it's a great choice, an enlightening creative medium. The internet is your friend and we are here to help you.

In part One, we will make a check list of the all things you need to seriously think about before you become a photographer. This will be published tomorrow on the blog.

Get ready to write things down.

Till then.