lightboxdc 3:47pm, 22 September 2008
Mattias Wirf 10 years ago
Interesting, thanks for posting the link.
Jesse Yardley 10 years ago
Great article. It's sad to see the state that film is in... However I've noticed that quite a few people that got started in photography shooting digital are getting interested in film. Hopefully it's more than just a fad where people shoot a couple rolls and then just go back to digital. If enough new buyers are introduced to the unique qualities of film it could extend the lifespan of the film market for a long time to come.
Michelle Hardman [deleted] 10 years ago
I have to agree with the above. But it is sad the art of taking a picture waiting it to be developed and hoping you have a set of worth while pictures was all part of the fun for me, I think Photography is losing the aritsic side due to digital to many people I guess me included do rely to much on computer twicking to get a better picture, but on that point it has made a huge diffrents in many aspecs, I only started in the digital age when I purchased a 9m digital camrea for half price back in March, and I'm sorry to say I have never looked back! I do from time to time but it was getting costly for me.
I still have my good old SLR 32mm camrea but it is getting expensive now to purchase flims and very and near imposserble getting hold of flim like Kodachromes with out paying OTT prices then you have to the flim developed and that isn't cheap, it would be nice to be able to go to my photography shop and still be able to see a selection of flims, insead of over price DSLRs I still can not afford, but I afrade time is ticking against the flim, and we are beeing thrusted into the digital age weather we like it or not, and then the art my go with it too? am I right or am I wrong? I hope I am not right I hope there are a few that don't rely to much on computers and tecnology to create a so called perfect picture and use there own jugement beforehand!
Ok I may have gone off the subject abit but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say?
Samuel Tauil 10 years ago
I still resist to enter the world of digital cameras, because I still see a lot of quality and techniques that are forgotten and replaced by a few minutes in photoshop. I also question whether the switch to a digital camera, the pleasure of having a film as the kodachrome and see their bright colors in a picture, will still exist ... maybe yes, but only after some changes in photoshop, for me it takes a bit of pleasure to await a revelation
obi1kenobi1 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by obi1kenobi1 (member) 10 years ago
To me it appears that film is the new vinyl. Vinyl records are becoming more and more commonplace, and it seems like film is starting to fill the niche that vinyl used to hold as the underground counter-culture hobby. Maybe it is because I go to an art school, but here in the south loop of Chicago, it is not uncommon to see people with old Nikon or Pentax 35mm SLRs, especially around Columbia College. Just to keep credibility, I was into vinyl and film before it was 'cool' (at least, before I had any awareness that it was cool). By the time I was about 7, (mid 1990s) I preferred vinyl over CDs. I didn't even know there was a counter culture vinyl fad. And besides the standard 110 cameras I had when I was a kid, my first real camera was a Pentax K1000 that I got in 2005. Sure, I wanted a digital at the time, but once I found out what I could do with that camera, I knew digital could never truly replace film.

I have to admit, I love my digital. My Nikon Coolpix P5100 is incredibly tiny yet takes super sharp pictures, but because of the extremely high depth of field, I can't take anything artistic with it. Even my mom's DSLR lacks that elusive 'film' look, which I find more appealing than the sharp, lifeless digital look. I know I could reproduce something similar in Photoshop, but I never Photoshop my digital images, as it seems like cheating. That may be why I take so many pictures of the same thing, but that is also because of how little control I have over the camera. With film, I always take the time to make sure everything is correct, so at most I only have 2 pictures from the same angle if it is not that important.

Well, this is turning into a rant so I better wrap it up...
loungelistener PRO 10 years ago
> I never Photoshop my digital images, as it seems like cheating

It's no more "cheating" than a film developer using darkroom tricks to enhance his photos.

When I'm shooting film, I still take a few photos of any given subject, especially when it's something I know I'll have a hard time getting back to again.
obi1kenobi1 10 years ago
loungelistener -

Thats a good point, but I have to admit that I usually get my pictures developed at the Walgreens One-Hour-Photo. One part impatience to see how my pictures came out, one part can't afford to get them developed at a professional lab. And I'm sure Walgreens doesn't bother to enhance the pictures in any way...

I will usually take a few photos of certain things as well, but I always try to make the angle or shot slightly different so that if they all came out good I didn't waste shots. When I went to New York in 2006, I probably took the equivalent of an entire roll of only the Empire State Building, but all of the pictures are from slightly different angles.
Samuel Tauil 10 years ago
I think the idea of not waste photos by using film, pushes me to be more creative and look for angles and things with more subject to the photos, rather than a digital does not allow it, but I probably shot 30 pictures of the same subject to be sure that one would be good
rosewoodoil Posted 10 years ago. Edited by rosewoodoil (member) 10 years ago
I try to use both film and digital, but the expense involved in getting good film processed and scanned is a drawback.

The fact that I started with film and still find digital very new means that I do not tend to take a lot of dull JPEGs.
Shooting in RAW slows me down, which is a good thing.

There's a discussion on this beneath this photo:


The next step would be to set up a darkroom...
rosewoodoil 10 years ago
There are many people trying to ensure that film continues to be available:
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