On Film

SKIRT | THE FIFTH (similar)

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Growing up, I was always the ‘creative-type’. I’d spend school holidays scrapbooking, DIY-ing clothes and knitting and whenever I did venture outside (which was
barely ever for the purpose of exercise/sport), I had a disposable camera with me. I’d usually chuck some crazy outfit on; a combination of items I found in my mums wardrobe, something I had made and something I had picked up from the op-shop. I’d drag my younger brother out into the front yard and make him take photos of my outfits… Interestingly, not a lot has changed since then, and ironically it is now my full time job. Only difference? I have better outfits.

But even still, the passion for photography, fashion, creation – has always been there – far before I even knew what passion was. I am constantly finding new excuses and new ways to create more, whether it be making over-the-top birthday cards for my boyfriend, or taking a million and one polaroids over the weekend…

Anywho… speaking of the weekend, yesterday I came across my mums old film camera. It is a CANON AE-1 w/ 50mm lens in absolutely perfect condition. With a big week of events and meetings ahead, I thought I’d try shoot some content in film this week. Plus, the fact that it is a fraction of the size of my DSLR is a real bonus. Only issue? I usually take about 200 shots before I am happy with 1… so shooting more selectively could be challenging. Also, having grown up in the digital age, I know barely anything about film photography, but I am looking forward to giving it a go nonetheless.

Do you have an experience with film photography? If so and you have any tips, let me know below!


  1. Film is fun. One thing to do with film is expose for the shadows so you don’t underexpose your negatives.

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  3. I started shooting and developing film in 1987. I was 20 years old. In 1999, shortly after my son was born, I bought a digital point-n-shoot camera but continued shooting film. I was 32 years old. In 2006 I bought my first DSLR and stopped using film. I was 39 years old. In my opinion, anything that can achieved with film can be achieved with a digital camera. I think the current resurgence of film is purely nostalgia. I don’t miss the hours spent in a darkened room inhaling poisonous chemical fumes. I don’t miss the noise in film. I don’t miss the film grain. I don’t miss the faded look. But some people seem to think film is the only way to make pictures.

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