No, you don’t. If you’d been doing photography in college and made a good living you might get a shot at being a teacher or even a lawyer, but if you’d been getting a real amount of income, you definitely should consider becoming a film director, as it requires a huge amount of training, and it would allow you to expand your work beyond just the studio.
Why study film if you don’t want to become a director?
What is film?
Film is a medium that allows you to take photographs and film a moving subject. Films are a way for people with a particular interest to share that interest with the public. That same interest can vary depending on who is doing it. You can make films about people whose passions are different (e.g. an astronaut) or you can make films about those whom you happen to like better than your classmates (e.g. your parents), with whatever artistic or scientific basis you’re coming up with.
Why don’t most people shoot film?
The short answer is because it doesn’t really work and the equipment isn’t great. The long answer is more complicated. The two reasons most people don’t shoot film are:
It’s expensive. It’s hard to get started without the right equipment. The equipment that gets people started to shoot film in the first place is a cheap piece of plastic.
For a long time, the equipment used to shoot film was the cheapest film available. The Kodak Tri-X was the most common and cheap piece of film available and you could use a Kodak roll or a Kodak film roll when you could afford to buy a Kodak roll. Film, like most other photographic media, was produced to be cheaply processed. I would love to shoot film, but I don’t have the money now to buy a roll of film that’s going to cost me $5–8. Most of that money would go toward a roll of film. I can’t afford to go to a store and pick up another roll of film for my film equipment, so that goes on my credit card. So I’m stuck.
The good news is, Kodak has a new film, called Tri-X+ that’s being offered by most camera stores. It has a slightly better processing process, which I will touch on later. As I’ve pointed out before, it can be used on smaller cameras. However, it must be used on a Kodak camera that’s still digital. Most