Analogue Photography 📷

Analogue photography is gone, gone forever, and gone for the good. Photographers should accept this and move on.

However now and then I find myself buying film, very enthusiastically loading it into my old cameras and going shooting with a satisfied look on my face.

If we look at every single aspect of photography, from the artistic component to the material part, not a single reason will take anyone to go for film anymore.

The limitations of the film, that for some people are the original creativity, can be easily replicated on digital cameras. We can force ourselves to film simulation, ISO limitation, manual focusing and manual exposure. We can do that on phones, with photography app we download nowadays.

Economically it makes no sense to shoot film. You have to pay for film, development (even if you develop the film yourself in your bathroom lab), you pay for prints or scans. If you shoot a lot, you quickly spend more on film processing than on digital camera bodies. If you don’t shoot much, it makes no sense.

Regarding quality, a modern cheap digital camera body easily competes with a very expensive film one. Lenses are lenses; they can be costly or cheap independently by the type of camera you teach to them, so they don’t count.

Now that I made my good points here, I have to find a good reason for those rolls of film I purchased last week because honestly I can’t wait to get them impressed and processed.





One response to “Analogue Photography 📷”

  1. Pierre Boucher Avatar
    Pierre Boucher

    What you’re saying is partly true, although some say getting good digital gear can cost quite a lot.
    I shoot digital for colors and it prints quite fine on my consumer printer. But, for B&W, I prefer film. The problem with digital is the print in B&W. Since I shoot to have nice prints, no consumer inkjet printer can match darkroom prints, unless you pay for a high end pro printer. That said, I like the physical and tactil feel of manipulating film. Recently I got a real punchy landscape photo from a MF 25 ISO film enlarge to 16 x 20. But that’s a personal choice.
    What I find deceptive about digital is the harshness of the image. Too much sharpness. Lack of softness. The pic looks artificial. I know this can be corrected in PS, but I prefer spending time in the darkroom than on PS. The irony is that some digital photographers want a film look to their digital pics.
    Happy shooting, anyway.
    Pierre, Montréal, Canada

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