The old conundrum: 24 or 36 exposures? My 'first-world' struggle with film photography

Film Photography
(Image credit: Future / Sebastian Oakley)

I've been an avid shooter of film for a very long time, in fact, I've seen film go in and out of fashion, and back into its resurgence which we are all seeing today and I have always had this first-world problem of knowing what film should I take and shoot, but more importantly what number of exposures do I really need for a shoot or while just on a stroll?

Sometimes I really enjoy shooting 36 exposures and it feels right on that day, but there are many times when I wish I just used a 24-exposure roll and I feel I've shot enough for what I want to achieve, and then I'm stuck in a limbo of do I want to finish this roll or if I save it, what am I going to shoot with the leftover shots, and do I really want to wait and see the images I've already shot!

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Sebastian Oakley
Ecommerce Editor

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.