Saturday, October 10, 2009
I read a really good blog post today by a local photographer about
film vs digital, and the idea of how important content is. A good photo
is a good photo whether it was shot with film or digital. And of course
the opposite is also true (probably more true).
But, what do I know? I haven't shot film in ages. Although I had been
shooting film longer than some of these young photographers have been
able to walk. Shhhhhhh, don't tell anyone though. Anyway, I thought I
better shoot a roll so I could at least feel like I was part of the young
group romanced by the old ways.
The cool thing about it all or the experience is, that it's made me not think
so much about film vs digital, but more about the rules I was taught not to
break. Today it's all about breaking the rules - but the young photographers
coming out of school don't even know there were rules. (Rule number 56.
Don't shoot into the sun, it'll give you flare in your lens)
It also makes me think or compare the idea of rules vs risks. When we all
shot film we had more rules and we were less likely to take risks. Film is and
was expensive and you couldn't see the results or rewards of risk until the film
was developed and printed.
For me shooting digital allows me to take tons of risks - way more than in
the days of film. So for that reason, shooting digital has way more romance
for me than film. It may not be as seductive, but the dance is much funner
with less rules - with 'super' results. But at the end of the day, life is a journey
and I always applaud those who risk to explore, whether it's with an old
Hasselblad with film or a new digital Nikon.