The best tip I have ever read and why I think prime lenses are the muts nuts

When I started practising photography again after a hiatus measured in years I didn’t know what genre of photography I wanted to practice which made it harder for me to choose a lens to pair with my Nikon D600 that I had decided to purchase to replace the Canon Rebel I had sold along with the rest of my gear when I gave up photography. I ended up purchasing a 24-85mm zoom lens because I figured it would be a good general purpose lens until I decided what other lens or lenses I wanted.

I also decided that if I’m going to drop a big chunk of cash on a decent camera and lens then I was going to make it worth while and take my photography more seriously. There was only one problem, I still didn’t know which genre of photography I wanted to practice. So I purchased some general photography books and started looking at a bunch of different photographers and photos that I liked. It turns out that I liked street photographers; Henri Cartier Breson, Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank, etc… they all inspired me to start practising street photography.

Soon after I discovered street photography I learned about prime lenses, i.e. fixed focal length lenses, and became interested enough to want to try shooting with a prime lens. But which focal length? Should I shoot a 50mm prime like Henri Cartier-Bresson? Or a 28mm prime like Garry Winogrand? Maybe I should shoot a 35mm prime like David Alan Harvey? Or should I choose some other focal length? How was I going to decide?

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Why I’m going back to film

I love digital photography. I love being able to process a file in software to develop a photo. I love not getting my clothes stained from developing chemicals. I love how little it costs, after purchasing the gear of course. I love not being limited to 24 or 36 frames. I love being able to choose to have a photo in colour or black and white or both. I love not being limited to a single ISO. I love auto focus.

What’s not to love about digital photography? A few things actually which is why I am going back to film photography.

I’m not trying to argue that film is better than digital, that shooting film makes you a better photographer, or any other reason. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing film over digital or choosing digital over film. Film isn’t better than digital and digital isn’t better than film. There are plenty of reasons and arguments to be made for shooting film, these are my personal reasons for switching from digital to film.

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Video

Markus Andersen

 

“Belly of the Beast” Profile of Film Photographer Markus Andersen – Short film by Rob Norton

Markus Andersen doggedly pursues not merely cool images but great images. Sydney, Australia is his canvas – he calls it the belly of the beast. His art practice encompasses documentary, street and conceptual bodies of work using analogue 35mm, 120 film and the iPhone as his capture mediums.This video shows the thinking behind the artist’s work, which has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Istanbul, Toronto, Sydney and the United Kingdom.

 

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