The Shock of the Old: Film or Digital Photography?

Is new really cracked up to be or is old better? Here’s the second of a series of posts on East of the M60.

For our second post in the series, the advantages and disadvantages of email and the Royal Mail are analogous to both digital and film media.

In our second post under The Shock of the Old, we focus on the differences between film and digital photography. In other words, the joys of waiting for your holiday photos or sharing them online. Continue reading “The Shock of the Old: Film or Digital Photography?”

Cameras on Camera: Cameo Appearances by Film Cameras on Television and Film

Sightings of analogue photography instruments in music videos, television programmes and in films

*** Warning: This Entry May Contains Spoilers! ***

I blame Boy George. Honestly. Well, not wholly, there are two sources of inspiration behind this bit of anorakdom. One is the music video to Culture Club’s Church of the Poison Mind. The other is an episode of End of Part One from its second series. At the end of one episode, comedy actor extraordinaire Sue Holderness is doing a spoof weather continuity spot. Instead of the usual reference to the views, the kind of film and cameras used were mentioned. Kudos to Andrew Marshall and David Renwick for inserting ‘Ektachrome’ into a comedy script! Continue reading “Cameras on Camera: Cameo Appearances by Film Cameras on Television and Film”

Returning to Analogue Photography: 2. Different Types of Cameras

An introduction to the types of cameras you may come across

Manchester Day Parade 01
Part of the Manchester Day Parade, May 2012: gloriously captured with a 1980s 35mm film camera.

In our first part, we gave you a primer on how to return to analogue photography. We detailed where to purchase film, cameras and accessories. For our second part, we shall give you an overview of the types of cameras you may opt for. Continue reading “Returning to Analogue Photography: 2. Different Types of Cameras”

Returning to Analogue Photography: 1. Starting Out

An East of the M60 partwork for 2013: a refresher course and beginners’ guide to using film cameras

Kodak Retinette 1A, Ektar/Kodachrome version
My Kodak Retinette 1A, lovingly photographed in Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar.

Digital photography is convenient. You can just save your images onto a computer, memory card or post them on your favourite social networking site. You can even use your own printer, but in spite of all these creature comforts, we may forget to share our images or print them off. In a way, digital photography could be a tad antisocial and a little throwaway. Continue reading “Returning to Analogue Photography: 1. Starting Out”