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    No I would not quit photography if film went away but I don't think it will. I use film and digital, two Nikon DSLRs, 4 Nikon film SLRs including an F5 and several older Minolta SLRs. I also use medium format Bronica and LF Toyo 4x5 so I like film, but overall my love of photography wouldn't let me stop. I have been asked to photograph the Vacation Bible School at my church and that will be all digital but if I head to the coast to photograph lighthouses I would take both film and digital. I don't think you have to choose sides just enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    I'm sort of surprised how much the "busman's holiday" is a factor in people liking/disliking digital.

    To me the computer is just a means to an end, but I do understand the overdosing aspect.

    Personally I hated darkroom work. Locked in the dark for hours on end......But then, I kinda like my wife.

    I was never happier when I finally sold the trays, enlargers etc etc and could work in the light, watch TV, look at porn, surf the web, write rude comments, look at porn, talk on the phone etc.

    To say nothing about the ease of retouching.
    I like my wife too. She's a poet and needs alone time to write, and she encourages me to take alone time in the darkroom. We often (well, ok, not that often because our weekends have been too full of other things and I work nights during the week anyway, but sometimes) have evenings when she sits down to write, I go down into the darkroom, and we meet again perhaps a couple of hours later for a drink and a movie.

    Personally I LOVE the atmosphere of the darkroom. It's quiet, dimly lit, I almost always play some jazz while printing (usually streaming WWOZ from New Orleans) - I find it meditative and relaxing. The very last thing I want is more media distraction and over-stimulation from task at hand courtesy of the ADD generation. "Never his mind on where he IS, humm? What he is DOING! Hmm? - Yoda."

    Of course people are different and that's wonderful!

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    I would not continue photography in the absence of film. Many who know me are well aware of my stand on this.
    I have absolutely no belief in "digital photography", neither as an 'art' or as a 'science' propagated by digital fanbois.
    .::Gary Rowan Higgins

    A comfort zone is a wonderful place. But nothing ever grows there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I would make it.

    EDIT: Actually, I would probably make glass plates rather than film. Like this: http://albumen.conservation-us.org/l...petschler.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by hdeyong View Post
    I think, having used both, (and this'll really get people going), photography is like music. You have to practice and learn and work hard to create a good silver print, and you have to do the same to play the guitar well. It doesn't take much to put a CD in the player and turn it on, set the bass and treble, and away you go, which equates to digital.
    With all due respect, this is absolute rubbish. Playing a CD is nothing whatsoever like taking a photograph with a digital camera. At the end of the day, the only real difference between digital photography and analogue/film photography is the medium on which the "negative" is stored.

    Silver prints can as much be the end product of a digital negative as a film negative can be digitally printed. A digital negative can be produced using a view camera as much as a film negative can be produced using a point and shoot camera! Digital photography is no less a process than film photography. It's just different. And I say this as someone who's only digital camera is the one on my mobile phone.

    Yes, you did get people (or me, at least) going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by welly View Post
    With all due respect, this is absolute rubbish. Playing a CD is nothing whatsoever like taking a photograph with a digital camera. At the end of the day, the only real difference between digital photography and analogue/film photography is the medium on which the "negative" is stored.

    Silver prints can as much be the end product of a digital negative as a film negative can be digitally printed. A digital negative can be produced using a view camera as much as a film negative can be produced using a point and shoot camera! Digital photography is no less a process than film photography. It's just different. And I say this as someone who's only digital camera is the one on my mobile phone.

    Yes, you did get people (or me, at least) going!

    Another film vs digital debate... here on APUG!?
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    The analogy with the CD is very bogus, true. A CD would be compared to playing an analog record. The record is slightly more difficult with cleaning and handling it properly, but nothing the average person couldn't be taught in a minute.

    A better analogy would playing the guitar versus playing a synthesizer that has a guitar mode.

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    Suspending disbelief for just a moment, I think I actually would get a new hobby. I spend my day job on a computer and know that photographing on a digi camera leads to storage thoughts (PS/Lighroom, SD cards, printers, etc., etc).; and for me, due to my line of work, would give it up. Like Thomas said, I would get into some other fine art (sculpture, painting, etc.). Working with my hands is quite important to me considering I am on a computer/phone for my profession all day. A lot of the analog process is what I enjoy. If my pics are bad, I just sit down and ponder how to improve them (framing, film, paper, dev, agitation, etc., etc., etc.) or seek advice here. That is the fun to me...
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    I would follow dwross' lead and sign up for one of PE's classes...

    Another droll thought to ponder... what if a fire destroyed all your negatives, cameras and darkroom equipment?

    Would you pit your hobby money on rebuilding it all from scratch? Or would you go another direction...

    Haa, I think my stainless steel sink would survive so that would be my start... And I know a local camera store where I got my Kodak 35 has another one on the shelf...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I would become a sculptor.
    And I would take pictures of your work by moonlight... On something made of silver...

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