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.

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