Using a restraining camera like a film camera improved my photography almost like John’s vision in Revelation. I am paying a lot of attention of how the image would be before the shutter blinks.
I do portraiture for models and friends. I study dozens of Japanese photo albums and conducted many private workshops, often with zero monetary rewards. I want people to appreciate and take better portraits, help the community of rising models and preaches against booby shooters as pretext of art.
Some of the wedding works I have seen are bordering on shams and scams, depending hugely on hdr like post processing and cheap plastic skin tones.
Improvement comes because your are passionate about producing awesome work and pursue it relentlessly despite the common crowd. More importantly, it comes because you are not satisfied and judges your recent work mercilessly like a mindless troll.
I am being serious.
Now, concerning the image for this post, I came across a bargain for a pre loved Lomo LCA+.
While I do not like any of the plastic cameras and whatever ten commandments the capital Lomography company is selling, I do respect their efforts to keep this medium alive. If only they focus on building good solid film cameras, it would be a different story.
The LCA+ got my attention the moment I held it and saw the 4 limits it forces on its users. You cant focus the camera but you need to master 0.8, 1.5, 3 and infinite distance range levels that it provides.
I spend two rolls using this “restrain” and let’s see if the results teaches me anything.
As for the Leica M7 in this picture, it serves as a visual reminder that gears don’t matter that much, both can sit at the same table if they serve the master .
One could get 15 used LCA+ for a used M7 body alone . Big deal, it’s worth junk if you don’t learn and create better images.