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Use of Film is Growing...

Post by Paul Jones » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:43 pm

According to an Ilford survey, support of film is growing...

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Post by Tracey McGovern » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:11 pm

I think this is great news, it would be such a shame to lose the art of film photography, developing and processing the traditional way. Film pictures can last over 100 years, I doubt digital images would last nearly as long. I think colleges are teaching students using film cameras to ensure they gets the basics of photography right before moving onto photoshop, which is probably the best way to learn.

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Post by John » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:15 am

I think it is the best way to learn. It gives a very thorough understanding of the process of photography and then, when we apply it to Photoshop, we find the language of it is all the same.

That's not say though that we can't be great image makers without ever using film, but it does deny us one of the rocks on which imaging is based.
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Post by al c field » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:35 pm

I agree with Tracey that students have to get into film photography as this makes them better photographer
I know I have started in film that I did go in to college
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Post by Paul Jones » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:31 pm

al c field wrote:I agree with Tracey that students have to get into film photography as this makes them better photographer
I'm going to disagree. I've never shot film and have no desire to.


Shoot a roll of film > wait in anticipation to see it developed > analyse where you went wrong

OR

Shoot a digital image > instant feedback on the LCD / histogram allows you to see where you went wrong


Of course, you're always going to get the ones who expect the camera / Photoshop to do everything for them.

Whether you're shooting film or digital there's no excuse for not studying, practising and constantly trying to improve.
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Post by PhilipHowe » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:11 am

I shoot film as a hobby, or a piece of interest, something for just me. When I eventually develop the 30 or so rolls of film I'm collecting, from my honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai, Amsterdam trip, Prague, Tallin, Manchester, London etc, I won't be doing anything with them. They're for me, personal, maybe a personal test, or, reassurance of how good a photographer I am. They may be all rubbish, they may be all great.

I even did a studio shoot with only film, measure twice, press shutter once.

there is also something 'poncey' about it....... Discuss...
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Post by Stbourne » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:41 pm

The Urban Dictionary states

Poncey - The actions of a pompous Person who thinks their value is higher than it is actually worth. The actions of one who thinks they are either overly stylish, cool or smart etc, when usually their IQ is akin to a fruit.

Just though I'd throw that in there to aid in the ........Discuss..... :D

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Post by Paul Jones » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:57 pm

PhilipHowe wrote: there is also something 'poncey' about it....... Discuss...
I would have used the word 'pretentious'.
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Post by Paul Jones » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:34 pm

Stbourne wrote: Just though I'd throw that in there to aid in the ........Discuss..... :D

If I listen to a piece of music, I'm not too bothered how it was analogue / digitally recorded and remastered, I just care that I like it or not.
Similarly, I'm not overly bothered if it is on a CD, cassette, or rare vinyl.


If I order a burger, I'm not too bothered if it was hand-crafted by a gourmet chef from the best bits of a cow who died peacefully in his sleep after a long, happy life in green pastures, or if it was quickly thrown together in a few minutes by the kitchen apprentice.
It's about the taste.


If I look at a photograph, I'm not too bothered if it was taken on a digital compact, a £5 disposable camera or a £25k Hasselblad.
Similarly, I'm not overly concerned if it was lovingly crafted in a traditional darkroom or printed for a couple of quid at Boots.
It's about the message, not the medium.


There is so much pretentious twaddle talked about photography, music and the arts.

Does a student "have to" study film photography to take a decent photo? No.

Does studying film photography automatically mean you are a better photographer? No.


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