I always take as many camera’s away with me as I can fit in my bags. (Unless of course I forget altogether see my last post for the results of that!)
This post will compare digital images with polaroids taken whilst in Copenhagen in March.
The digital camera I took with me is the Lumix DMC-LX100. I enjoyed the ease of my little compact digital camera light weight and quick, it’s got a great lens for such a tiny camera.

I used it as a point and shoot, the display screen off, I think I do this to make myself feel more like i’m still using a film camera.
There is something precious about relying on your eye in the moment, and not knowing exactly what you’ve got as your final product.

Photography is all about the edit, but it’s nice to spend your time and patience thinking about the photograph your trying to take in that moment, rather than taking 40 of the same shot just because you can.

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I also took along my polaroid camera which is my pride and joy, far more bulky and awkward to carry but so worth it. Made all the more beautiful some white framed circle aperture film from Impossible project. Just dreamy! There’s very little control with a polaroid, the model I use does have light and distance settings though i’m not 100% they actually work! It is the simplicity of a polaroid that is what I find so magical and I think is the reason it can produce some really unique images.

 

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Lights

 

 

Botanical

 

I think my preference is clear i’m polaroid all the way… for it’s charm and simplicity.

Which camera would you take?

The last few weeks have been spent coming up with a new project idea.  This project involved the use of super 8 film and that film being shown with a projector.
My first task was of course, to get hold of a camera. I started looking on Ebay, and soon realised that if I wanted to buy one I would be looking at around £50 for a decent working  piece of equipment!
Next stop, other photographers. I’m sure all photographers will have experienced this, the second you tell someone you are a photographer someone will inform you that they have “an old one lying around” and ask you if you want it.
For a super 8 however, that was not the case.
I was very lucky that two lovely women on my course had both had this super 8 need before me and both taken the leap and bought one!

These are the two beautiful super 8 cameras I have been lent!! (I would use the bag for the top one just as my normal bag!! It’s so nice)


When you buy super 8 film online, it will cost you around £12 a cartridge (generally this place is good value http://www.7dayshop.com/ ).
Buying the film is really easy and if you know how to use the super 8 camera, so is the filming.

Then things started to become pretty impossible!
Although thanks to this amazing website (Which is pretty much a super 8 encyclopedia): http://homepage.mac.com/onsuper8/process.html I was able to find out huge amounts of insider info.

It was on this website that I realised I was not going to get my film made in time. There are just three place I have found in England listed that process super 8, the majority take around 4 weeks to process and the price is up to them, it is after all a very rare service they are offering.

I don’t want to put any one off super 8, it is a beautiful film style, however I will say to anyone in England, (during all this research I discovered that the processing is quite quickly and easily done in Germany) that if you want to shoot super 8, allow your self at least 2 months from start to finish!!

I have sadly had to abort my super 8 dreams for this project as I ran out of money, but mostly I ran out of time. I am determined to create something using it very soon,  I just wont be setting myself a deadline this time!