Shooting Film

I’m forcing myself to slow down and be more methodical in 2017. We spend so much money on cameras only to put images through hours of post production all to try and emulate the fine detail and dynamic range of film. There is no doubt that digital cameras are getting cheaper and better then ever before. You certainly can’t argue it’s convenience and availability. From cell phone technology to consumer and pro dslr’s cameras everyone has one. However, that doesn’t mean everyone is a photographer. It has been said that “The value of great creative work driven by unique ideas can never be eclipsed by gadgetry, gear and shear inexperience.” Sure, digital cameras take good photos. As a society we are inundated with photographs. We live in a need it now world. We get information faster then ever before. It is because of these technologies, the fact that everyone has a camera and the need for “now” that I feel expectations have been lowered. All too often these days photographers don’t take time to carefully think about things like light, composition, focus, exposure and most of all creativity. As a commercial photographer who has worked in news and events I am just as guilty as the next guy. It’s become shoot first, think later. Check your monitor, make adjustments, handle it in post. For the hobbyist or cell phone enthusiast it’s lets slap a filter on it. Many of todays photographers don’t understand the complexities of photography. It’s the study of light, composition, shape and form. Most people taking photos just let the camera do the work. The technicalities and artistic integrity has been stripped away. Shooting film forces you to slow down, study a scene or subject and think about all the technical and creative information needed to produce a good, no, great photograph. It forces you to experiment and to look at things in a different way. Then, of course, their is the element of wonder and surprise that comes along with all that thought. It has long been argued, even today, that film produces much better images. The larger dynamic range (the range from the darkest darks to the lightest lights) of film along with the detail and grains of different films made produce a much more pleasing image to the eye. A good photograph is so much more then sharpness. I’ve always been inspired by the great photographs of the past and am pretty consistent with noticing write away when a modern photograph has been shot on film, even if it’s a digital scan. It just has that look, that feel. The demands of the industry prevent me from ever giving up on digital. That’s just impossible. All these things combined however make up just a small part of why I am excited to start shooting film more. I’m glad to see it’s coming back and I hope more people take their time to learn and appreciate the technical and creative aspects of photography. Happy Shooting

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