My black and white film was just developed.
What exactly is a half frame?
You know what’s 1 frame on the film? It’s part of the film which you exposed for one photograph. After you expose that one frame, you advance the film to the next (one) frame (you do it manually with the film advance lever or newer cameras do it automatically).
Half frame is exactly as it sounds – you expose only half of the film frame and then advance the film to the other half of the frame. Which you then expose and move on to the next half frame.
I’m not sure if it sounds complicated but it really isn’t. It basically means that, on a film with 36 frames, you’ll have 72 photos. Or on the film with 24 frames, you’ll have 48 photos.
What’s the advantage of a half-frame camera?
My half-frame camera is Olympus EE-2. I really like it’s olive green colour and it’s also quite cheap. You have no manual controls (not the aperture, not the focus and especially not the shutter speed). You just point’n’shoot.
The advantage of the half frame camera for the process of learning photography is, in my opinion, that you have to plan every shot according to the last one you took or the next one you’re going to take. If you don’t, you’ll have a non-logical and non-complementary photos when you develop your photographs. Of course, you have the option of scanning every half frame for itself and developing a ‘half frame’ photo, but – where’s the fun in that? If you make an effort, you’ll have some interesting collages of two photos which can actually tell a story.