Film really will never die in the heart of this photographer. Yes, it’s much more expensive and not as simple to work with as digital, but the pros out weight the cons. There’s a warmth in film photographs what is captivating. When I look at a picture taken with film and I can see the grain and imperfections I get a fuzzy feeling in my stomach. It’s excitement and love. I LOVE film and what it does to a photograph. Digital is amazing because it’s incredibly convenient for photographers. We can take hundreds or even thousands of images, bring them home, upload them and then get them on Photoshop and start editing. Clients can have their beautiful wedding images delivered to them in days. Everybody wins. But working with film is a different experience.
I’ve used my dad’s old Canon AE-1 since high school. Its a 30+ year old camera but I have never used a digital camera that feels the same when I look through it’s viewfinder. All you photographers out there must know what I’m talking about….the way the grain looks in the old viewfinders, how you have to match up the lines in order to focus, how the film sounds when you wind it up, and how the shutter button feels and sounds as you press it. Then you must carefully wind it back up and only open the camera when your sure it’s wound…there’s a lot at risk. And then there’s the dark room. The smell, coolness, and meditation involved in processing your film. And how anxious you get when waiting to see how it turns out in the developer. Its a long and wonderful hands-on process. It truly is an art.
And that is why film will never die!
All of my images under the “Travels” section of my website are taken with film. Mostly Kodak Portra 160vc 400vc. Check them out!