I want to preface this blog post by stating that I am certainly not a professional photographer, I’ve always had a real interest for photography, but I am by no means the best! As long as I can remember I’ve been trying my best to get the best photos – even buying an old Polaroid off eBay when I was 16 (which I still have, covered in dust FYI) – and my photography skills are still something I’m working at.
I also don’t have the best photography kit right now, but I like what I have. I often find my best pictures are taken on my trusty old iPhone, but my ultimate #1 is obviously the Olympus Pen E-PL7, and even my first generation Go Pro can produce some nice gorgeous photos. You’d think with all this I wouldn’t need to try another camera, BUT this gal decided to give 35mm film a go.
It’s something I’ve been toying with for a while, and a recent foray into the second-hand-buying app, Depop, introduced me to online shops that had really cheap (and tried-and-tested) film cameras. I decided to take the plunge and buy a beaten-up old Concord Neon camera. Worried that it was more style over substance, I asked for some tech advice from the shop’s owner, and they were happy to help. I would definitely recommend trying a cheaper model for your first go – no point splashing out a few hundreds for a hobby that might not work out!
Anyway, I brought the film camera away with me to Paris to experiment, and below are the shots I had in return… Like I said, they are certainly not perfect, but I love how their non-perfectness makes them look. The photos below are largely #nofilter pictures, but some have been edited slightly using Snapseed, where exposure on the original shot has occasionally been too dark!
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve learnt with film that my camera works best in daylight, or with it’s flash. I took these two photos around the Eiffel Tower, just as the sun was setting, so technically in ‘golden hour’. I love that even though they’re slightly fuzzy you can still see the effects of the sunlight on the building, or the little fairy lights underneath the restaurant sign.
That expression on my boyfriends face translates to “oh she’s got that camera out again”… but I have to say he certainly looks pretty cool in all of these pictures! Also, the above shot of the Louvre certainly isn’t great – but I love the lense flare thanks to me pointing the camera essentially directly at the sun.
The different a camera can make eh? Like I said, I’m still a beginner with film so I probably could’ve set up the above shot better, but you can really see the different when you cmopare it with my Olympus Pen E-PL7, Either way, the of-the-moment, not-sure-what-it’ll-look-like fashion of a film camera is part of the excitement. Half of them might be blurry or over-exposed, but that’s the fun of it!
Speaking of differences between cameras – not a shot on my iPhone or Olympus Pen could pick up the Eiffel Tower in the background, but there it is on my film shot! This is shot #2 of George looking v cool, and luckily he took a nice one of me too!
I wasn’t actually going to include the above, but I think with film it’s always best to include the best and the worst of the bunch! Above are a few shots taken on our walk along the River Seine, on a crisp and sunny day (the best kind, am I right?). You can barely see the actual river in the first shot, and the tunnel shot could’ve definitely been better, but it’s part of the fun of experimenting with new cameras I guess!
Anyway, that’s a round up of my film pictures from Paris – it’s a shame I didn’t take anymore! But now I know the camera works, and what I should and shouldn’t do, I feel more confident to bring the camera along on future trips to take more snaps.
Hopefully my next film post will be about Lisbon – watch this space!
Thanks for reading x