Can Pro's make a comeback with a film revival?

Started Oct 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
instamatic
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In reply to Douglas Smith, Oct 2, 2013

However there may always be a niche of clients that will want their photographer to use film, but I suspect that niche will be very small.

The 'clinical' look you are talking about sells, and that's what people want - they want to look like they are from the cover of fashion magazines, and they want lots of such photos generally - if you're doing events.  By 'lots' I mean several hundred photos - that's what they expect because of their prior experience with digital photography either by themselves or at the hands of someone else with a digital camera that burns photos to disc.  If you are able to take photo-journalistic pictures, process them 'clinically', and then add a few properly posed and lit portraits to that mix, that are worthy of being printed large, framed, and hanged on the wall, you should be golden unless you are slow to deliver, or botch up your business process somewhere to customers' dissatisfaction, or fear, or worry, or whatever.

Postprocessing can be outsourced so that's less of a concern, however posing and lighting properly still remains as challenging as it ever was - and it's essential to good photography.  Many people can tell the difference, but they must see a good photo first.  Good, reliable, responsive, and pleasant business process and customer service are a must.

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