From Fuji to Film

Mission Statement - 22nd Dec 2015

So here’s the thing.  I’m a digital photographer.  I was born (photography wise) 3 years ago into Fuji’s mirrorless world.  The closest I’ve got to film is those disposable camera’s you used to get in the 80’s.  And I wasn’t particularly awesome with those.  I remember going to a medieval fight recreation when I was about 12 , and shooting a full 24 shots of the multicolored rope directly in front of me…not on purpose.

I’ve always been lucky in the last 3 years to have all the tools I’ve needed, some amazing teachers (from David Hobby to Zak Arias to Drew Gurian) and learned and practiced hard.  I understand a lot of styles and have the basics of street to studio.  I’ve never shot a DSLR, I’m a business consultant not a weightlifter ;-)

But I feel like somethings holding me back from more rapid growth, and I think it is this:  My FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF LIGHT

Photography from it’s greek derivation means painting with light…so to really move on I better get to know my real tool, light, as deeply as possible.

Due to my “upbringing” in the digital world I do understand exposure, but do I really understand it deeply enough.  I shoot mostly aperture priority, with manual ISO.  So the camera ultimately defines the exposure using the shutter.  Exceptions are in the studio with lighting, and when I’m shooting motorsport which I like to do.  Oh and focus wise, never manually focused in my life…!

So 2016 will be dedicated to getting to know light so exposure becomes instinctive and helps me to interpret situations in different ways to that which my Fuji masters want me to.  Here’s the brief:

  • Get a fully manual film camera.  No auto.  Anywhere.
  • Shoot black and white film.  That way light takes priority - not worrying about colour.
  • Get good at it.  Feel this may be the hardest of the three..funny that. ;-)

So here we go…the journey starts here…  I'll try and bring the comedy when possible (moderately likely) and keep it interesting (dubiously likely).  This blog is as much for me as you, selfish I know.  Deal with it. ;-)