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Here in the NorthEast of the USA, spring is in the air. With spring comes lots of new opportunities to go out there and take photos of everything around you, but in particular, spring is an excellent time for you to go out there and shoot photos with film. Why shoot film? Because film photography forces you to sit there and get everything perfectly right in the camera before you press the shutter. You’ll make decisions that you never thought of before like how highlights are affecting the scene, how dark the shadows are, and what the colors will look like. It will also force you to do things like spot metering and figuring out the right exposure that you want–not what the camera is telling you.

Here are some great reasons to get out there and shoot film this Spring.

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This post is not about Instax film or most Impossible Film. No, instead it’s about the film that many photographer regard as the higher end stuff. We’re talking about peel apart film; and if you’re an analog shooter, then you probably know exactly what we’re talking about in this post.

Medium format and large format instant film can be some of the most beautiful stuff that you ever shoot with. No, really, we’re not kidding. Sometimes it’s flawed, sometimes it’s beautifully flawed, sometimes it will make your jaw drop. But whatever you do, you should know that shooting with this stuff in the cold will be incredibly difficult to do.

Why’s that? When Instant Film is shot and pulled through the camera, rollers disperse development chemicals into the imaging area. This allows the image to actually show up but it happens at its best in warmer environments. The colder the temperature is in your surroundings, the longer the development process will take and sometimes you can’t even accurately estimate how long it will take.

Many cameras came with what’s called a cold card where you slipped the image into it and held it against your body for a while. This didn’t always work and if the film was expired, who knows what would come out.

Instead, shooting in weather that is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer is ideal because you can accurately judge how the development process will work. You’re bound to get the most reliable results in this case. And considering what you’re paying for packs of color or black and white, you’ll need to conserve your shots.

With the weather getting warm again, we encourage you to pick up a pack or two and go out there to give it a shot. You’ll be amazed with what you get.

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“What matters is what turns out in front of you” states Sydney based street photographer Markus Andersen who is the focus of a short documentary called “Belly of the Beast” by Rob Norton. He says this about using film, digital, Leica or phone cameras. Markus shoots film personally because he likes it, but again he states that it’s just a personal preference. However, he’s much more interested in the world around him in black and white.

The documentary explores the way he works and sees the world to capture the images that he does by chasing the light, finding the right contrast, shapes, and so much more. But unlike other photographers, Markus doesn’t care if he wastes a single frame of film. He figures that it’s much better to attempt to take the shot and be pleasantly surprised than be disappointed.

More than anything though, he talks about his passion for street photography and how it isn’t the goal to become famous. Instead, you should aim to get the best images that you possibly can.

The documentary is after the jump and well worth checking out during a lunch break today.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission; also be sure to check out our previous interview with Lester.

This was a Facebook comment left by a very passionate film photographer I was chatting with in a group a few months ago. I thought to myself, “That sounds pretty harsh”. As I thought more about what he wrote, the words ring true. Here’s why…

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Every photographer should attempt to try to shoot film at least once in their life. But when we say attempt, we mean give it a really big effort. For one, they learn to actually interact with a scene more and not necessarily become attached to the pixels that they see on an LCD screen, and further it teaches them more about how exposures work and how to get better pictures faster.

Want to get started in Film Photography? Here’s how.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission

Photographer Lester Cannon hails from the California Bay Area. His job as a Sergeant in the US Army has allowed him to do lots of traveling–and for the past five years he’s been based in Germany. “Portrait and Photojournalism/Street Photography are my what I love the most. I enjoy traveling all over the world and photographing as many beautiful and interesting people I can find.” says Lester.

Lester is a true Renaissance man: he sometimes shoots digital, but has mastered the art of modern film photography like few other photographers have in this digital age. He shoots the photos that we all wish we could get with film.

And as he tells us about his portraits, it’s all in the eyes and the face.

Be sure to follow Lester on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Vimeo.

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