When I'm out and about with a film camera, people who express an opinion usually seem to think, rightly or wrongly, that working with film is more serious.
Originally Posted by chriscrawfordphoto
Tell him he "flunked".
Originally Posted by Valerie
Why are digital photographers so defensive about their chosen form of photography ?, I made no criticism of it, all I wrote is that it wasn't for me.
Originally Posted by David Brown
The problem with society is everyone think they cannot live without the "latest and greatest", and if it doesn't have all the bells and whistles it isn't worth spit. After 50 years, I'm finally getting the hang of film, and couldn't care less if my gear is as old or older than me, I purpously bought the stuff so I could understand film better. Many of us bodgers went through a period of having the newest, and suffered dearly for having to relearn what should already be second nature, only because we had to learn what the camera would do for us. I grew weary of having my gear control me, and now control my gear. Back to basics, and creative control.
What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.
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That's the essence of consumerism and engineered obsolescene right there. If you look at the tools a real craftsman uses, say a cabinet maker, you'll notice they are pretty primitive when compared to the crap at home depot.
Originally Posted by Rick A
The most important tool we'll ever have is right between our ears, and "all the bells and whistles" make it harder to use that one essential tool.
Hear hear!! My two favorite AE modes are Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. Programmed AE is for flash pictures in those cases where I don't feel like doing the math in my head.
Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
Shoot more film.
There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.
Heh... reminds me of the movie, "Quigley, Down Under". He told the bad guy that he did didn't have much use for revolvers. At the end of the movie the bad guy, an expert quick-draw with revolvers, armed Quigley with one "knowing" Quigley, a rifle marksman, didn't have a prayer to defend himself. Quigley killed the bad guy and both of his side-kicks then stood over the bad guy and said, "I said I never had much use for 'em... never said I don't know how to use 'em."
Digitize, 'em baby!!
I gave a demonstration of the carbon printing process to about photo 25 students yesterday.
After giving the demo showing how much work goes into the process, over half want to do a week-end workshop with the process. Then I made the mistake of asking if anyone would like to opportunity to use an 8x10...all but a handful want to. What have I gotten myself into?!LOL!
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
Let's not forget that this stuff didn't just magically appear out of nowhere--film camera makers were already introducing more and more electronics and automation into their products long before digital came along. You could very easily shoot lots of film without knowing a damn thing about how the settings worked. Assuming they weren't using some crappy instamatic. Then you could (and most people did) take their camera to a 1-hr place to get prints back. And eventually they lost the negatives. Only a tiny percentage did their own processing. Now a lot of us like doing things "the hard way"--fully manual controls, darkroom work, etc. But that's not because we use film. That's just us.
Originally Posted by Grumpy Old Man
"People get bumped off." -- Weegee