Like a lot of people, when I started out in photography, there was no such thing as a digital camera. It was analogue or nothing! Everyone shot on film and most who were serious about the hobby shot using an SLR.

Back in the late 1980’s I was rarely far away from my trusty old Zenit - mainly because it was so big, and my flat was so small! It was a huge beast of a machine, and I lugged it about with me most weekends, looking for the perfect image.

I was a meticulous note taker, and always used a logbook to note down camera settings, dates, times, locations, and weather conditions, for each press of the shutter. Each note was taken with the expectation that it would improve my photography, somehow!

After each roll of film was completed, it was either sent away, or taken to the local lab to be processed, and the resulting prints were always awaited with fevered excitement.

Unfortunately, more times than not, I remember the feeling of disappointment of seeing my masterpieces turning out to be a badly composed, blurred, fogged, under or over exposed mess...

Still, I persevered.

However, during the late 1990's and early 2000's, I was getting a bit disillusioned with photography. I didn’t seem to be progressing. My logbooks weren’t helping and I found the whole process of taking photographs incredibly frustrating.

Then the digital era came along, just in time to rekindle my interest. In 2006 I purchased a Canon 20D, and overnight my photography seemed to improve.

Simply being able to immediately observe what effect that changing settings on the camera had on the final image was a huge leap forward in my understanding. I finally felt like I'd progressed, which was a huge boost to my confidence.

A couple of years ago, I indulged myself and purchased a camera that I’d lusted after when it was introduced - an Olympus OM2n. I ran a couple of rolls of Fujifilm through it, sent them off for processing, and waited excitedly for the prints to return. Guess what? Quite a few turned out to be a badly composed, blurred, fogged, under or over exposed mess! However, one or two were quite fantastic, and far better than I could ever have imagined.

On my travels through ipernity, I’ve encountered quite a few people who are either posting archival images, shot during the era of film, or are still shooting on film today. Either way, I really have to admire their skill.

As for me, I’m so glad that digital came along and rescued me!

Anyway, I wondered, are you still shooting film? Have you ventured back to film after shooting digital? Has anyone started with digital, and then gone to film? What are your experiences, good or bad, with shooting film?