First of all, what is analogue photography?
For most and for me, it’s simply using film rather than digital.
My background is shooting rolls of either 24 or 36 exposure colour or black & white film for 2 years at college, 3 years at university, 1 year in industry and 3-4 years at weddings.
In fact I shot my first wedding exclusively on B&W film that I then processed and printed myself in my bathroom/darkroom in my old flat.
First and LAST time. It’s an utter pain in the ****
Some will argue that it has a certain quality that is missing from digital. Something ‘film-like’ that isn’t…well isn’t digital.
I can understand that. Digital can be too clean, too sharp, have too much contrast and be less…well less ‘film-like’.
I’m not going to bore you to tears with every step of the process and every bit of kit it took me to get where I am currently at suffice to say, I consider myself to be an ‘analogue style’ style photographer in this digital world.
Shooting weddings on film is just cost-prohibitive for one thing…
Let’s say I shoot 2500 digital frames on a typical wedding and deliver 500 of those. It’s still 2500 shots taken.
To achieve that with film means: 2500 divided by 36 = 69 rolls of film.
The cost to buy that roll of film, process it and scan it is around 25 euros per roll so 1725 euros.
The same cost to shoot digitally = zero.
Even if you gave me an extra 1725 euros to cover the cost, I still wouldn’t do it.
Why? So many other reasons that again I won’t bore you with.
The bottom line, other than it makes no economic sense whatsoever, is that digital is just better in every single way.
So what’s the analogue part of being a photographer today then?
It’s how I shoot. I choose to use some of the most ‘film-like’ digital cameras available today.
It’s not just the cameras, but also the combination of lenses used, the individual fine-tuned settings and then what I do to these files afterwards (and in that regard, very little).
So many (too many) over-shoot these days, machine gun style and spend/waste valuable time checking what’s on the back of the camera and spending far too long in the office on the computer ‘fixing’ the results.
It’s not necessary and I don’t do it. I simply set up my cameras so that it’s as right as it can be straight out of camera and requires minimal if any processing.
As with so many things in life, the simpler things are, the better they are.
These are some of my most recent wedding stories.