Film Cameras

Analog photography is a misnomer for Film Photography which uses a physical, non-electronic recording medium (e.g., photographic film or plate), where light is captured by sensitive silver particles, and the image will remain printed when processed chemically. This method was traditionally used for more than a century, prior to more recent Digital Photography based on electronic sensors. Lomography defines analog photography as 'photography using an analog camera and film'.[1] This is incorrect as analog (or analogue) describes an instrument whose output is the continuous function of time, which has a constant relation to the input. Neither film nor film cameras are analog.

In a film camera that uses photographic emulsions, light falling upon silver halides is recorded as a latent image, which is then subjected to photographic processing, making it visible and insensitive to light.

In a video camera or digital still camera, light is captured by a video camera tube or charge coupled device sensor, which sends the picture as a digital signal to the camera's electronics. The signal is then transmitted or recorded on a storage device for later playback or enlarging.

Contrary to the belief that digital photography gave a death blow to Film, film photography not only survived, but actually expanded across the globe.[2] With the renewed interest in traditional photography, new organizations (like Film Is Not Dead, Lomography) were established and new lines of products helped to perpetuate film photography. In 2017, BH Photo & Video, an e-commerce site for photographic equipment, stated that film sales were increasing by 5% each year in the recent past.[3]. Japan Times claimed that though Film Photography is a "dying art", the country could be the starting point of a movement led by young photographers to keep film alive.[4] First Post claimed that a vast majority of photographers are slowly coming back to film.[5]