I've been shooting film since 1977 and digital since the late 90's. I still shoot both, and exhibit & sell work from both. I used to be a subscriber to Apug.. enjoyed the community. I still read posts, and find the information incredibly useful. I also frequent most other forums, and Film bashing, for the most part, disappeared long ago (ok.. there may still be some in dpreview, but i'd swear that forum is inhabited entirely by 14 year old boys with personality disorders.. ).

I've never once felt my film work belittled by anyone in the digital realm...ever. This was the only place I ever felt that, because of a choice of capture, my work was, frankly, garbage (and in most cases, without ever having it seen to be judged). If respect is expected.. it has to be a two way street. Paul.. your comment could be equally appropriate if you substitute film for digital (that's not to imply that you don't respect work for works sake.. )

There are probably more photographers that shoot both film and digital, than just film. There's a lot of experience that gets lost once someone decides that their digital work might have artistic merit, and that work, and the photographer, become marginalized here.



Quote Originally Posted by Paul Glover View Post
This is the thing.

I don't care whether someone shoots film or digital, or both, or neither. I don't begrudge anyone else of their choice, but I do ask that my choices be respected in kind.

I *do* care when someone declares that my choice is not valid because it's not the same as theirs. These are the people who respond to every story about Kodak, every article exploring film with a "what, film is still not dead? WTF? Just shoot digital like I do.", who react with entirely undisguised glee and triumph when bad news shows up. I don't get these people at all. I don't get why they seem so deeply emotionally invested in film going away for good and view every mention of it as an opportunity to belittle anyone who still cares about it. It's like the very existence of film and people who shoot it is a personal affront to them, a middle finger raised at their own obviously "much better" way of doing things, which everyone should do because they say so.

Of course these are the same people who will argue endlessly online over miniscule differences in DSLR performance and go to war over brand choice, or declare loudly that "no professional would ever...". I've come to the conclusion that they are best ignored since they're likely too busy defending their choices to ever actually exercise them.