Saturday, February 23, 2013

Interview | Daydream Lily Film Photography

Most of you would have heard of my blogging buddy Liss from Daydream Lily. Her blog was one of the first I ever read and after I started my blog in 2008 we struck up a friendship and have talked almost every single day ever since (no exaggeration). Most days my morning routine begins with a coffee, a catch up on my emails and a Skype chat with Liss. Over the years we've both jumped the ditch a few times to hang out as well - you can see some of our adventures on Liss' blog here and here and on my blog here, here and here.

Anyway, Liss is a huge film photography fan and I've always wanted to share some of her images with you so I recently asked her a few questions about it all. I hope you find her pictures and advice as inspiring as I do!

• When did you first become interested in film photography and why? 
I've been doing film photography since I was little. My Dad taught me to use his Minolta SLR when I was 11, we set up a studio in the loungeroom photographing his bonsais and I learnt all the camera settings. I also had my own darkroom in my senior highschool years which I set up in my basement. I've always had this love for the magic of film, I still haven't been able to capture the same magic with my digital cameras. I feel more comfortable holding an old SLR than the new DSLR.

• What film cameras do you have in your collection? 
Minolta x300, LC-A+, Olympus OM10, Canon EOS3, Holga, Diana Mini, Diana F+, Superheadz Wide and Slim, Lomography Fisheye, Instax Mini, Polaroid 600.

• Which one is your favourite and why? 
The LC-A+ is an amazing camera - it's like a point and shoot that gets the results of an SLR and works well in all light conditions. Also the Superheadz Wide is really fun for such a cheap price (under $40), I'm always telling anyone who wants to try film photography to start with that camera.

• Who are your favourite film photographers?
Annette Pehrsson has been a long time favourite and Much Love Anna's blog always inspires me to get out and take more photos. I love her film photos.

• Can you tell us any tips and tricks you've learnt along the way that might help other film photographers?
Don't be worried if your first few films don't work out. I've had whole rolls come out blank because I had the settings wrong. Also a lot of the toy cameras don't do so well indoors, unless you like that super grainy look. And my favourite film is ISO 400 fuji, after trying many types thats the one I use most.

• And lastly, what's the best thing about shooting film? 
I love how every film camera has its own little quirks, especially if you buy a secondhand one... and only I know them, like my LC-A+ you have to wind it a certain way and any time I let someone else use it I have to tell them how to wind it. For me that is fun, it's as if I have a bond with all my cameras.

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  1. Beautiful photos. I love love love film photography, it makes me nervous because you don't know what the photo will look but when they come out right they look so so good.

  2. I love film photography, such lovely photos! Great post!

  3. Oh, I love these! I just started experimenting with film photography, and I definitely got about half blank on the roll. Glad to know it's a common experience and I'll learn along the way.

  4. Ahhh I really need to start taking more film photos. I've got three different cameras loaded with film but still haven't found the urge to pick them up. This has definitely lit the fire though!

    1. It's inspiring me to get back into it too!

  5. This is awesome!! :) I love film photography - and all of her photos!

  6. I love this post, its interesting to see what other bloggers share, especially then cameraxx

  7. Love Liss's photography - lovely interview x

  8. Film photography should be more valued for sure :) I'm drooling over that breakfast snap!

  9. I love film so much. Thank you for this Amanda!
    And also I've been meaning to tell you for a long time that your blog is just too sweet and doing so well over this years. I love it more every time i swear ^^
    Just wanted to appreciate the love and time you put in for your lovely blog!

  10. I love Liss's photography and so inspiring to be using film. I learnt photography on film but I have been all about the digital. I must get back to it some day...

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