I still remember the day I ditched my old film Canon and "upgraded" to a 4-megapixel digital Ricoh camera. But recently I've gone back a few steps, savouring the creativity that courses through my veins every time I pop a roll of 35mm into a camera, and the fear of the impending, unknown results. Whether you shoot film or not, I hope you learn something from Giz UK's first theme week.
It's not about hipsterism as some commenters cry every time we write about a new Holga, nor about the insane prices some film photos fetch at the auction houses.
It's about how film photography will never be allowed to go the way of the dodo bird, despite our 8-megapixel camera phones being more than suitable for documenting every corner of our lives. It's also how film photography is influencing digital more than ever before -- in the design of cameras like Fujifilm's X100; in cinematography, and of course, in those Instagram and Hipstamatic app filters your friends are constantly spamming your Facebook and Twitter feeds with.
This week we'll be looking at how film fits into a modern 21st century life, and how companies such as Kodak, The Impossible Project and Lomography are not only preserving this artform, but helping it evolve. We'll also be running some huge competitions -- keep your lens locked to Giz UK.
Image Credit: Film camera from Shutterstock
- Win one of nine Lomography cameras
- Infrared film can make even a warzone look beautiful
- Film nerds are drooling over Stanley Kubrick's early photography
- 30 ways to hack your next roll of film
- How to make a pinhole camera from an egg