Digital Photography & ‘Special Effects’

I recently spoken with a young man who I discovered was very serious about photography (he didn’t know anything about my own, personal ‘Special Effect’ photography), all night . told me who’s was his main hobby, I was intrigued, and extremely surprised, when he explained that she far preferred to utilize film in lieu of digital imaging. Even though it is so desperately and expensive for buy film right now. I wrongly presumed he was discussing Black and White photography, but soon realised he was buying colour films.

All new cameras, even cell phones, are digital. Also, you can find only a few small laboratories that may process colour film, and home processing although possible, isn’t easy. Yet he said there are multiple photographers, like him, preferring to utilize film in addition to their numbers are growing.

I have looked about the Internet and you can find indeed plenty of discussions around the advantages, or disadvantages, of utilizing film when compared to digital.

The majority state that in using film, with the need to be a great deal more selective (taking much less expensive photographs a result of the high costs), has trained the crooks to become much better photographers.

Another claim was that good cameras are expensive and have to be replaced every four, or five-years, as is also upgraded usually. Yet getting a second-hand film camera will probably be cheaper, keep working for a lifetime and can hold its value, although film cameras are far bulkier and heavier.

Lastly, old transparencies and negatives can, and can always be, easily viewed, but you never know, as digital technology changes so quickly, if it are going to be possible to watch digital images down the road.

I was amazed to find out this, due to the incredible probabilities of digital photography, that now exist. The cameras not merely make it easier to control the picture and exposure, in a lot of ways, which are much more complicated before with film. There is the selling point of seeing the digital result immediately. But despite having taken the photo, with software, the alternatives available now to govern digital photographs are merely fantastic!

This forced me to reflect on why I had favoured using colour reversal film (for my personal creative transparencies) as opposed to negative film within the 1960’s, before anyone had computers. I enjoyed most viewing the big projected image, considerably more than a print, although there was no choice to alter the image once taken, yet I was utilizing it for my own, personal ‘special effects’. But needing to wait at the very least a week, to determine the transparencies, was frustrating.

I preferred transparencies to negatives because I found it difficult to master colour printing, being an amateur, so I always trusted professional processing laboratories to create my prints.

My ‘Special Effects’ pictures were imaginative (nothing beats the usual photographs) and I soon found which it was almost impossible, whenever they made prints from my negatives, for these to know how to receive the colour balance that I really wanted. The benefit of transparencies was that I could simply instruct these phones match large balance from the transparency they could see.

My favourite film was the Kodak ‘Kodachrome 25’ that sadly is not available. Transparencies were so a lot more vibrant than any on the prints and so I focused on what I could do with Kodachrome. By always applying this film I soon have got to know, how to control it, even with my personal ‘Special Effects’.

These days I am excited because of the digital option, in lieu of film. However, using my invented ‘Painting with light’ technique that requires photographing projected images, I can create some effects that could be exceedingly hard to achieve with digital software.

My own views are that the most essential aspect of photography will be the resulting picture, the composition, the product quality and the range of subject. Not the questions on the technique, or kind of camera, lens used, or film etc. It is only the resulting picture that basically matters; however, it absolutely was created!

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