Going Analog

Contax T2  |  iPhone 4S

I’ve never shot film.  Actually let me rephrase that.  I’ve never shot film as a fashion photographer.

When I started this journey into fashion photography I’ve been a digital camera user.  Always wanted to venture into the world of film, but couldn’t justify the costs.  The camera itself wasn’t a costly investment, but the costs of developing and scanning would be too expensive in the long run.  Costs was my barrier to entry when it came to film.  Also the fact that I’m the kind of person who wants instant gratification.  I don’t have the patience to wait for the film to be developed.

It only made sense to give film a try because in my post process I replicate the analog look of film or at least try to.  I distress the pic so much in post that I questioned why bother having a digital camera if I’m just going to make the end result look like film.  I’m not a big user of out of the box filters, plug-ins or actions because I don’t want the end look to be the same as 50 bazillion other photographers who use those products.  I’ve been able to manage by creating it in Photoshop, but it can be tedious at times.  Seriously why do I have multiple cameras that shoot 24+ megapixel just to degrade the picture with grain.  That made me question why don’t I just shoot film!?

With that said, I took baby steps into the world of film by picking up a Contax T2 off of eBay.  While the T2 is a point and shoot camera I find that to be a good start.  Cause I don’t know what I’m getting myself into just yet.  Let ‘s hope this journey into film doesn’t make me broke or insane.  If that becomes the case then my Contax T2 will be back on the market.

-Rodney Alan

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