harcosparky wrote in post #14531379
It made me slow down and really think a shot through and I could see a marked difference in the work I was producing.
This was the other big factor that I noticed as well. Even though I was in a "digital" photography program, there were three courses that used (B&W) film; two were 35mm, and one was LF 4x5" film on a view camera. With that view camera, if I didn't do everything exactly right/the way I wanted it to be, I just wasted $1 and - normally - about 20 minutes of my time. There is nothing better to slow you down than having to pay for each and every shot, especially if it was a mistake!
When I was new at my program, I remember shooting a band's performance on night; it was a three-hour set, and I took somewhere around 2,300 photos. I got a fair amount of keepers, but the rate was really, really low compared to how many photos I took. After the first quarter (which included the first B&W film class), I shot the same band again, same amount of time, same amount of keepers, but I only took ~1,200 shots. I attribute that solely to taking my time, and waiting for the right shot thanks to slowing down with the film class.