Getting into analogue might seem easy – whether you’re about to give up Outlook in favour of a Filofax or start shooting 35mm, eBay and a series of unfortunate Buy It Now decisions are only a few clicks away. However, unless you’re already familiar with your chosen old-school technology, the initial excitement may fade once you realise that analogue hobbies rarely come with the shallow learning curve of modern gear.
“People can be scared to get things wrong,” said Charlotte Longworth. Particularly when it comes to film – every under-exposure and missed focus costs real money. But, “you have to do things to learn how to do it.”
The internet holds plenty of help: Alex Batterbee explained that YouTube is a great resource for picking up the finer points of board games, while the most cursory of web searches is likely to reveal plenty of expert advice. But since analogue pursuits hold an obviously offline appeal, there’s much to be said from learning from the like-minded. Meetup.com is a gigantic repository of classes, get-togethers and tutorials run by hobbyists and professional instructors alike, many requiring no down payment greater than a sense of enthusiasm for your new hobby and a willingness to learn.