Film Photography Explained To Modern Kids

Current Events December 26th 2013 1:02 PM 13 Comments

I have to admit, I get a little giddy when photography enters the realm of pop culture. In this film produced by BuzzFeed, film photography is explained to modern kids… Or at least a valiant attempt is made.

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My favorite line speaks to something that’s important to me as a professional wedding and portrait photographer: “The way you shared a photo back then is that you put it in someone’s hands and they looked at it.” Just think about that for a moment. Not a cell phone, but a printed sheet of paper; maybe pristine in an album or folded up because it was kept in a wallet. Photos were significantly more important back then.


Another thing that struck me about this video was the sense of longing for the days when looking at photos was a visceral experience — an experience that I try to encourage all of my portrait and wedding clients to have with their photos.

Back then, you only photographed the times that really mattered. Now we use our phones and snap pictures of everything! Are you guilty of this?

Film Photography Explained To Modern Kids

What do you think? What is our role as photographers to remind people of the importance of a photo? Is it really fair to leave the precious moments of someone’s life on a cell phone? Please leave your comments below.

Via @BuzzFeed

Adam Kuzik


Adam Kuzik is the founder and owner of Studio 35 Photography + Video based near Calgary, Canada. He is a professional wedding and commercial photographer as well as an industry educator.

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  1. Colin

    I still shoot in film on a regular basis. There is something about having a printed photo that makes you appreciate what you are seeing.

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    • Adam Kuzik
      Adam Kuzik

      I absolutely agree! I hope the Millennials will understand when they start to get married and have families.

    • Jeff

      Totally! Fingers crossed that some day they’ll figure out how to print the pics I have on my DSLR… ;-)

  2. Si GUY

    Although I do not print much and I do not shoot film, lol good start…. a printed photo is almost like a forgotten higher level, the quality of a print is always that much more satisfying, it almost makes the picture mean more once it has been given it’s own physical space within the world.

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  3. Barbara Levine

    Great post! I have written two book about vintage photographs and personal family photograph albums (Snapshot Chronicles and Around The World in Photo Albums). Back in 1900 when Kodak Brownie came out everyone could and did snap photos – billion of them – just like now. Those photos and albums have survived. If photo is important to you, print it so it doesn’t disappear into the ether or be dependent on a manufacturer continuing to make same platform or viewing devices.

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  4. Robert Andrews

    I don’t think people appreciate photography like they used to.

    Today it’s all about instant gratification with instant junk!

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  5. Aaron Best

    In A level photography at my school we’re encouraged to shoot film as you learn more, and do our whole first unit in the darkroom developing our black and white shots and it does make me appreciate the shots more and think about the shots more and means I now enjoy using film (and slowly gathering a collection of film cameras). Before A level I didn’t own a film camera but I certainly think at a young age children should be introduced to one so they will think about shots more, for example maybe limiting your child to a disposable camera on holidays and at events.

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  6. flexible fototography

    Photos have always been, and continue to me, expressions of menories. all that’s changed is the storage media and the speed they can be shared. As an old guy, I still shoot film mainly for the archivability. As Ms. Livine wrote, digital media is just ones and zeros on a magnetic medium — it doesn’t rally exist. Film is a tangible thing.

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  7. JB Harlin

    Snapshots are great as a remembrance. . . but. . . traditional film photography is reserved for things of real importance! My everyday film camera is an 8×10 view camera. If I make 6 negatives in one day, that is a really busy one for me. I may also make 50-100 snapshots with my little point-n-popper digital camera. . . they are merely record of my being there.
    JB Harlin

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  8. ANdy

    I don’t reckon kids today know who Gizmo is. So… there’s that.

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