Nick Orloff – Frugal Film Project 2020
About me: I’ve been shooting since I was a teenager. I’m going to be 57 this year and for a few years wanted to make photography my career. Life, as it has a habit of doing, had different ideas. I lost interest in my late 20’s and didn’t feel like recording anything for a number of years.
The need to document a growing family, initially on phone cameras and crappy digital point & shoots, saw my interest return. I started studying photography formally about 4 years ago, although only part-time. I’m currently a couple of credits short of a diploma but I’m ‘upgrading’, having been offered a place in a Bachelor of Photography/Degree course starting in February.
While 90% of what I shoot for my studies is digital, I capture nearly the same percentage of images on film for my personal work.
For this project, I’ll be shooting with a Voigtlander Vitoret and a Canon Canonet.
The Voigtlander is going to be a challenge. As well as having only zone focusing (which I have almost no experience with), it’s got three shutter speeds, 1/125, 1/60 and 1/30. This means on a bright Aussie day, it’s going to be more or less useless for ISO 400 film. Even worse at 800.
The Canon is a real find. I paid ¥500 in the bargain/broken bin of a Tokyo used camera store. For that price (A$6.50 or so), I just had to buy it. I’ve only put one roll through so far, but it focuses fine and seems to shoot at a range of shutter speeds & apertures. I’m expecting to shoot most of my FFP images on this camera.
If you’re looking for me on social media, I’m @planbphoto on Instagram and Nick Orloff on Facebook