Interesting thread. I'm 46, and have been shooting since I first took a photography class in high school. I showed up to the first day of class with a Kodak Instamatic, feeling a bit self conscious among a sea of SLRs in the hands of my classmates. I was fortunate to have a teacher who valued making good photographs over gear, and his enthusiasm and commitment to the craft remains with me to this day (and we still keep in touch).
The main reason I remain drawn to film is simply that I prefer the aesthetic look of photographs taken on film and printed optically. Another reason is that, at least to me, a film camera feels more responsive in the hand. It takes what I want, exactly when I want. Finally, I spend all day in front of a computer, and the last thing I want to do when home is to spend yet more time in front of the screen.
I'm 22 and I picked up my first camera two years ago. I've never had a digital camera and I don't intend to get one until the last roll of film leaves the factory. I currently shoot 35mm and medium format; someday, I'll get myself a proper 4x5 with movements and a real darkroom.
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Originally Posted by Jim Christie
i'm 38 started at 16. my colleagues are a bit older, 55 and 63 ish. we have a whole range of clients of all ages doing all sorts of stuff. it is truly an exciting time for film. i remember the busy days of film but prefer the fact that nowadays we are experimenting more,
using old techniques and developing new ones.
I am 45, been shooting film for 36 years, digital for 21, use both in my career and always will to a degree. Goal is to shoot digi for less than 20% of my work, the rest black and white film printed in my darkroom.
Nothing beats a superb silver gelatin print and nothing beats shooting digi at ISO 12,800 in full moonlight from an airplane.
"I'm the freak that shoots film. God bless the freaks!" ~ Mainecoonmaniac ~
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26 and have been shooting for a little over a year.
Started with film, then went digital.
Now I use a combination of both, but generally prefer film.
I shoot a alot of 35mm atm and a little medium format with my Mamiya RZ67.
I'm also thinking about shooting LF.
Lastly, I print all my film in the darkroom. (BW) I'm also in the process of starting to print color.
I am the grand age of 42. I have been seriously shooting since 1988 my senior year in HS yearbook. Pretty much only film until a year ago when I inherited my wife's xti. Hey, I gave it to her so why not. Darkroom for only a couple of years. Not in the last year. Took it down as I was not doing anything. Kind of a re-prioritization. Mostly 35mm and MF with a smattering of 4x5.
So the rundown is
When I began I had no choice. At first, I dreamt of a dream digital setup. Then I simply kept plying at analog as I could not afford the other. Then I had apparently made the jump off the deep end of film. But with family obligations I did not have the time to enjoy it and no one to really enjoy shooting and darkroom with. After Faith passed, I simplified things. I sold the cameras. I still have her old EOS 630, my mom's old camera given to her. I had shot a wedding or two with it. And I still have the darkroom gear. Couldn't sell it and that is probably for the best. I have for a just in case down the road.
As to the Canon Rebel xti? Well, That is what I use anymore if I shoot as I am not doing darkroom stuff. And I must photograph. So, I still have access to film capture and processing if I want to. For me, now, this is easier.
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Checking in here at 16, and I'll be 17 on the 2nd of July. I dare say that I'm one of the youngest posters in this thread, and probably one of the younger users of this forum! I got into photography back when I was about 12, and I actually started out on film! I admit, the main reason was that I thought my dad's Minolta Maxuum 3xi looked considerably cooler than his point and shoot, and that I was actually rather interested in photography. He gave me two rolls of film, told me that there were only 36 shots on each roll, and to make them count. After developing the first two rolls, i was hooked. I shot a few more rolls, ut then I became a digital convert. Although I taught myself how to shoot manual and all sorts of other photographic tidbits on digital (such as studio photography, etc), i learned how to compose an image on film.
Despite digital being my main format for quite some time (from when I was about 13.5-15.5), I picked up a film camera again this year when I took my highschool's photo program. For some reason, I had developed this "Spray and Pray" tactic of shooting some odd 500+ photos a day then trimming down to maybe 10 good shots. Shooting film gave me a new appreciation for taking time with my work, and I soon trimmed those 500 shots to 300/day, and when I picked up Medium Format, I soon became even more selective with what I shoot.
And I absolutely love working in the dark room. Its like the only time I feel truly at peace, or comfortable. It's my "safe place" so to speak. I'm actually moving in to start shooting 4x5 in addition to 35mm and 6x6 MF, so I reckon I can call me self a hard core film user!
I am 59 and started taking photography seriously at 12 when I was given a Brownie Vecta for my birthday.
You are 66 and started at age 10. :-)
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
I'm 53 and started photography at age 11 with an inexpensive Kodak 126 camera. I think it was a model 124.