5 WAYS FILM PHOTOGRAPHY IS POINTLESS: THE PROS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS
I used to defend the use of film cameras. Today things have changed in defense of digital cameras. Here is why.
I was one of those people who vehemently fought the digital camera onslaught when digital cameras were introduced. I just looked at the capacity of digital to communicate emotion and, in the beginning, did not see the reason for switching over to digital. I believe that with the Panasonic FZ20, and after, the Nikon D70 I realized the point where I said the digital convenience and practicality versus the image delivered made sense.
This convenience, and my ability to use Photoshop and Lightroom to its fullest on retouching, classing, archiving and importing photos, has just totally outweighed the inconvenience of having to send in rolls, waiting for results, and re starting. Here are my arguments for using digital exclusively
1) Learning becomes so much more simple when one can evaluate a shot taken seconds ago and not a week ago from the laboratory
RAW file formats have opened up a whole new world of photo re-evaluation, processing and the ability to go back in time.
2) We talk today about dynamic range levels that defy anything film could offer.
3)The way photos are shared, worked on and appreciated are just not what they were. Photos are shown online, people look at 99% or their photography, on social media via tablets, phones, and small computers. Nothing lends itself to a film workflow.
4)Digital gives unlimited expression in post and while shooting. Working with film is the equivalent of shooting with a custom photo look preset.
5)The film "look" is one Photoshop filter away
I truly believe that people who believe in the film photography workflow are really in love with the process more than anything else. Pedro Meyer in Ted Forbes artist series stated that a photographer using film today is like a writer saying that he is in love with calligraphy when we all know that a typewriter gets the word on the paper quicker.
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Here is a Ted Forbes video interview with Pedro Meyer talking about how foolish vintage photography can be
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Here is the question for all of you film photography buffs.
To all the film buffs, please tell me why you feel that it is worth the effort to keep on using film to shoot photography. Where do you feel that film photography exclusively gives you a superior look that no digital cannot deliver.
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