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Using the Fujifilm X100V as a film camera

Film photography presents a completely different workflow compared to digital. You can’t preview your images, you have to wait for your film to get developed, you have a limited number of shots available, there is no autofocus, and no lightmeter in your camera, etc. All of these things can be simulated on modern digital cameras that have an optical viewfinder, like my beloved Fujifilm X100V.

  • Disable the LCD (both composing, and review)
  • Compose all of your images through the optical viewfinder
  • Turn off all of the indicators in the viewfinder (things like exposure, etc) with the exception of frame count
  • Turn off autofocus
  • Configure a film recipe from Fuji X Weekly
  • Buy a bunch of 512MB SD cards (one will fit about a 35mm roll’s worth of jpegs; you can even write names of film stocks on them)
  • Learn the Sunny Sixteen Rule
  • Don’t change the ISO until you fill up each SD card
  • Don’t take out an SD card until it’s full
  • Once you finish an SD card, don’t look at the images for about a week

Now you basically have an analog film camera. Think deeply about each shot. You will have misfocused, and misexposed images. The only thing I’m not sure how to simulate is light leaks…

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