My first real camera was a 1980 Canon AE-1, I was 18 and in my first semester of college when I entered my first dark room. After only a week I experienced the magic of an image materializing on the page for the first time. I never looked back. Nothing is better then blasting some music chilling out and processing film after work.
If you have ever made the transition from film to digital, you lose some of the magic. Digital media is amazing; a marvel of modern technology; you get to take photos lightning fast and review them instantly. These are major bonuses but the finality of clicking the shutter is gone and photography becomes less special.
That is when I received my second real camera a Sony a5100. To be honest I bought it for its amazing video, and have moved up through the line buying a Sony a6000 and a Sony a7s. When I first got into video production I noticed some of the old magic coming back you have that one chance to capture a moment perfectly you can try an recreate it but its never exactly the same. You might argue that its the same way with digital photography, but I feel it more when I am filming something. From the calculated and controlled click of the record button to the hours it takes to edit and refine a video into a workable piece the similarities between shooting video or 35mm film are there.
When I started shooting live events the similarities became even more apparent just like using film you have timed shots you need to take your time and not miss anything but your camera can only be pointed in so many directions. There is a sort of adrenaline rush knowing you have one chance to get the perfect shot. Shooting video just like film just feels more personal.
I now mainly shoot on a Sony a7s and a a6000 but I do carry my old AE-1 around from time to time. I still get to use the dark room at the local university.
Canon AE-1 loaded with Illford Delta 400 usually pushed to 1600
Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016
Adobe After Effects CC 2016
Local dark room using Illford RC matte paper
By Anthony Cohen