5 Reasons Pros Still Love Film in a Digital Age
Photographers today, both professional and otherwise most likely also own digital cameras. The first form of a digital camera was created in the early 60s, but it wasn’t until years later that the first prototype digital camera was patented!
The digitization of photography brought with it a lot convenience and freedom in all areas of the discipline.
Be it easy post shoot production options or the room to try multiple settings and angles without spending as much material, digital photography really seemed to be where it was at? Or was it? Why do so many seasoned photographers choose film photography even today?
We put together 5 of the most often heard answers to that question.
To begin with the most basic, photos shot in film have their own aesthetic. Sure, you can TRY mimicking much of the effect of regular film when working on your post DSLR shoot edits. That being said, whether it is natural graininess, an over glare of sunlight caused by a last-minute shift, or a photo-spot because of something on the lens, film photography is accepted as richer when it comes to final results and overall aesthetic.
Patience is a Virtue
There is something to be said about how we as people post the industrial revolution, have internalized the near mindless, fast paced, result and production driven tempo it brought with it.
The same can be said for some of our photography. It is no longer about waiting for the right moment but accumulating excessively and sorting later.
Film photography teaches patience as you need to really get into the space and absorb your surroundings before zeroing in on a single precious click. This as opposed to frantic quick clicks is a far more elegant process!
Clicking with a DSLR comes with the added control of seeing what you shoot on the spot via your viewfinder.
With analog or film photography, once you push that button, you need to wait to develop that film and see what you captured. There is a certain thrill that comes with this and not knowing how the final product will turn out. Though some would argue that this lack of control is an unwelcome one, most seasoned enthusiasts will appreciate the element of surprise.
Why do people maintain and drive bikes that have been out of production for decades? Why rock up to a dinner in a pair of cufflinks you inherited from your grandfather? Why write letters and post them when you can send emails?
Because it’s cool to be old fashioned! Many enthusiasts and professionals feel there is a certain finesse associated with owning and understanding how to work with old and sometimes vintage equipment!
What a Picture is Worth
A physical photo is worth a whole lot and in some cases a whole lot more than any digital rendition. Besides the originality of having the first copy, photographs can be stored for years, carried around and held close. You could get a reprint of something taken from a DSLR with all the pomp and pizzazz of post-production but it would never quite speak to you like an old-fashioned photograph!
Regardless of how advanced technology becomes or how far techniques of photography go. Anyone who appreciates the art of taking pictures will also appreciate where it all started. No matter how popular digital photography becomes, there will always be those who swear by good ol’ film!
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