Any reason to shoot film nowadays?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski Forum Pro • Posts: 34,130
What other reason could one possibly need ...

MiraShootsNikon blew hard and talked smack:

rattymouse wrote:

bseng wrote:

What are some reasons why someone would shoot 35mm film over a DSLR. Can you extract higher image quality from 35mm?

The best reason to shoot film is to p!ss off those rabid haters who despise film.


The biggest reason I shoot film is that I like the look and clients like the look.  That should be it, right?  Why shoot film?  Because you like the results.  What other reason could one possibly need to "justify" or recommend any photographic technique?

Because they enjoy the process?

I do some very exotic processes, including platinum, carbon, gum, and cyanotype over platinum. I also have an inkjet process involving 7 dilutiuons of carbon black or 7 dilutions of one particular color (with passes through up to four different printers to match a gum print) that can fool even an experienced alternative process printer, so the results can be the same.

The question, "should I shoot film?" is really shorthand for "what does--or what can--film photography look like?"  Instead of listening to a bunch of blowhards talk smack about what it can't do, why not shoot a roll and find out for yourself what it can?

Amazingly how quickly you joined the "blowhards talk smack" group.

And anyway, there are other reasons.  I prefer the workflow, which, for me, involves more time shooting and producing with clients and oh-so-much less time cooling my heels at my computer.

I've found that shooting time vs. processing time is purely individual taste. I know film shooters who have an Ansel Adams style workflow, 40 hours of darkroom for every shooting hour, pages of notes on how to print a particular image (dodge this, burn that, filter this) and digital shooters who run almost a shoot and print workflow.

I love working with my lab: it's a big plus, to my mind, that the pro film workflow these days can involve a team of such talented, professional people.

Theses days? You've just described something that hasn't changed much in half a century.

Which gets me to another really important reason to shoot film: the community's way, way better.

Really? You're trying to represent it here, and you seem snobbish and judgmental. You called someone else in this thread "antisocial". You are what you criticize others for being.

Pro togs who shoot film really know what they're doing.  But digital?

The pros still really know what they're doing. The wanabees are the same people who thought they were going to go become high end fashion or wedding shooters in a single weekend with a Rebel, or a K1000. Nothing has changed, at all.

Man, these days everyone is a digital "photographer."

That's a short memory you have. You must have missed the days of the 4x5 product shooters looking down on anyone who tried to do it with medium format. The Hasselblad snobs. Rangefinder vs. SLR wars. Pros dissing anyone with 35mm.

If you're interested in being a part of a vital artistic community

Then be vital and artistic, in any medium you wish, and associate with other vital and artistic people.

and you want to learn some amazing things about how to produce gorgeous photography, shooting some film yourself and befriending people who shoot film is (ironically!) one of the best ways to filter the signal from the noise, so to speak.

Indeed. You're simply confused about the fact that you are the living embodiment of the noise.

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