5 Film Photography Tips

Choose the Right Lens
Whether digital or analog, lenses make a big difference in photography.
Whether digital or analog, lenses make a big difference in photography.

Point-and-click digital cameras sure are easy to use, but if you're a dedicated film user -- or at least testing the non-digital waters -- you should be aware of how different lenses on film cameras are going to affect your images.

Remember that when shooting with digital film, it's always going to be the same quality as when you shot it. When photographing with film, you can scan your pictures to a digital file and then rescan them as technology progresses to get better images. (You might be familiar with this concept as it applies to movies, when an old film is "digitally remastered" -- same idea.) As photographer Ken Rockwell puts it, "Scanners always get better. Film shot today will be scanned better tomorrow" [source: Rockwell].

Choosing the right lens will help you get a better image from the get-go, of course. A wide-range lens will provide a larger depth of field (that is, a picture where even background details are crisp). Use wide-angle lenses for capturing a larger scene, like a group of people at a distance, scenery or a panorama shot; anything where your subject has context within the environment. A telephoto lens -- which has a smaller depth of field, making the background less clear and the foreground sharp -- is going to make your subject the "plot" of the picture.

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