Learn the Basic Steps in Creating Beautiful Analog Photos

There have been two discussions regarding analog photography in this blog, namely: Analog Photography in Digital Times (http://www.scancorner.co.uk/blog/analog-photography-in-digital-times/ ) and Analog Photography Vs Digital Photography (http://www.scancorner.co.uk/blog/analog-photography-vs-digital-photography-a-comparison/ ).

Have you read the above mentioned articles? Did these discussions entice you to discover your skills in analog photography?

If you are interested in learning the art of analog photography, then this article is intended to teach you how to create beautiful analog pictures.

The Ten Basic Steps:

  1. Bring your camera everywhere you go.

Taking photos is not always planned. It happens at any moment that you find the need to capture a precious moment. You will never know when an important or breathtaking event happens before your eyes, so it is best to have your camera tucked with you always.

  1. Use your camera anytime of the day or night.

Every time of the day is special for you and your camera. Every moment is very monumental. Taking photos of your daily activities or experiences will help you live your life not only for the present but it will also enable you to conserve the present for your future.

  1. Accept that photography is a part of your life.

Once you embrace the art of photography, you will become accustomed to having your camera as a necessity of your life. You will find it impossible to get on with your daily living without your camera in tow.

  1. Try the shot from the hip.

Do not limit yourself with the usual photographic point of view, which is taking photos of your subject’s face. Try to make a difference by taking photos of the areas from the hip and below. This is a least ventured angle and you will surely be amazed with what the images that you will create.

  1. Approach your subject as close as possible.

An essential part of your photographic existence is to find out the bottom of things and to investigate the world from the inside. Before you take photos of your subject, try to get to know your subject up-close so you will be able to create images that are meaningful.

  1. Let your raw ideas flow.

Do not lose important moments just because you are still deciding whether that moment is worth taking pictures of or not. Photograph anything that catches your eyes or whatever that attracts, excites or astounds you. Just have fun while taking photos.

  1. Be swift.

Events happen before our eyes in a split second, thus if you want to capture that special moment, then you must be fast and attentive.

  1. Do not oblige yourself to know beforehand what you have captured on film.

Taking photos must be fun, you do it because the moment is so meaningful and you cannot let it pass without documenting it. Let your creativity flow by not thinking of what the captured image looks like. It is part of the fun not knowing what the end product is.

  1. There is no need for you to see what you have captured on film right after your take the shot.

Analog format cameras do not have preview screens, so you will only see the image that you have captured right after your film is processed. There is actually no need for you to see ahead of time what the end product is. You just have to take photos as long as you still have available film.

  1. Don’t restrict yourself with the rules.

The art of photography lays in your interest to document events and experiences that comes your way. You do not have to restrict yourself with the rules. Just be yourself, take photos of anything the captures your attention and those that make you happy.

So get your analog camera and start clicking! Don’t forget to have fun!

Analog Photography in Digital Times

Are you wondering why there a lot of photography professionals who are using the analog camera and analog format again? If you are, here are some of the reasons why they are opting to use the analog camera:

  1. The image’s look is different when you use an analog camera because a film has an incredible color palette. The film also offers a wide dynamic range of detail in both shadows and highlights. There are many digital photographers who have been trying to imitate the look that a film could give, but they just can’t.
  2. Using an analog format camera will enhance your skills as a photographer. Why? Because operating an analog camera requires precision, training and lots of practice. It is quite hard to figure out how an analog camera functions as well as how to replace its film, so for sure your skills will be enhanced when you decide to use the analog camera.
  3. In using this format you will be challenged in how you will direct your model so that he or she will not close his or her eyes when you release the shutter.
  4. You will save more time when you use film. This is because your shoots are limited to the number of pictures that your film can accommodate. So if your film is just equivalent to 40 pictures that you will have to shoot only 40 poses or pictures. Another time saver is that the developing and scanning processes can be outsourced, which gives you more time to do the things you love while you wait.
  5. Analog format cameras are now cheaper than the digital ones because they are out of production. You can surely buy one in a second-hand store at a reasonable price. Also you will not have the urge to upgrade your equipment because it doesn’t have one so will just have to settle for the one that you already have.
  6. The quality of BOKEH in an analog camera is better compared to the BOKEH in a digital camera. BOKEH, the Japanese for ‘blur’, is the manner at which “the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. This technique will add more artistry on the image. It will also enhance the focus of your image, in such a way that your viewer will focus their look at the image that is focused because the other parts are blurred.

So, are you ready to take the challenge and start using the analog format camera again?