not too long ago, in one of the groups i'm in, i ran across a post with photos that someone took as part of a "film" challenge. this means that they used their dslr but acted as though they were shooting with a film camera- so they only had 36 shots to work with, they couldn't look at the back of their camera after they took a shot to check things like exposure (which is called chimping, in case you wanted to know), and you can't look at the photos the same day you take them. in fact, the challenge called for waiting 48 hours before doing any sort of post-processing on them. which is basically like torture; truly i don't know how people who shoot film do it. but anyway, it sounded intriguing to me, and a few days later i was talking about it with a photog friend of mine (you should check out her page, cause she's amazing) when she suggested we give it a shot (no pun intended, ha).
here's the thing with me and photography challenges- i'm like a 5th grader who's just been double-dog-dared. i can't say no. so i, of course, accepted, and after we agreed to do our best to get at least 5 shots worth keeping out of our 36, spent the following 5 days looking for a good opportunity to take them using only my light meter to properly expose my images. i knew i wanted to do all 36 of my shots of the same scene so i could really give myself a chance to make adjustments, try a variety of angles, and slow down to focus on what i was doing. the problem was, my kids were crazy that week, and every time i thought about the challenge, there was so much action that i was way too intimidated to try. but then, the perfect opportunity presented itself and left me running for my camera. i even ended up with 10 images i felt were worth keeping.
i got several take-aways from this little challenge:
1. i really love photos of sleeping children. not only are they adorable, but i have plenty of time to experiment and play without having to worry about the moment passing... as long as i'm quiet, anyway ;)
2. i look at the back of my camera. a lot. i had to stop myself from glancing down at least 3 times. and while it's not necessarily a bad thing, i do want to teach myself to rely more heavily on trusting my light meter and learning where, in the scene i'm photographing, i should meter from to get the look i'm going for.
3. shooting this way was a lot of pressure. i think it would be really, really cool to try true film at least once, but i don't know if i could do it very often. the pressure to get it exactly right would be overwhelming- and the cost would really start to add up.
4. i love trying new things. it's awesome and i learn so much. so if you ever want to challenge me to something (photography related!), i'll almost certainly be willing to accept. you know where to find me :)