Should you shoot with film? Put your fancy digital camera away for once and bust out the old reliable?
Sure it is fun loading up some roles of film and start snapping with the good old cameras. And yes, you do tend to be more of aware of exposures and composition sind you can’t spare any frames. With only thirtysix shots in the chamber you have to aim a bit better and make it count, but does that mean we have to stick with film?
I think it surely does not. Whether you use it as a practice method or out of aesthetic appeal, film will always have a certain charm to it and I too grab one of my analogue slrs sometime. But still, 99,9% of the time I will shoot digital. Just because you have unlimited shots doesn’t mean you will automatically waste them all! You can always be aware of your compositions and exposures if you just stay awake while shooting. Plus we do not want to leave the progress out of our sight that the digital age gave us. High iso’s, autofocus and raw data are just a few of them. A lot of shots I take would not be possible in this style or at least a lot harder to create with a film camera. Ever focused manually at 1.2 in those dusty, dark and small viewfinders of an old slr? I did not think so.
So while film can be used as a nice practice method, in the end you should always choose what fits your shooting style best and not just go for a certain camera because of other people telling you or because you read about it somewhere. Make up your own mind, try stuff out and see what fits best!