Film or Digital?


HarmsDavid26KvoltsSeattleWa2008Film or Digital? Ten years ago that was the ultimate question. Digital was just emerging and Film was still the driving force in the professional ranks. I can remember the conversations. I’m sure it was similar when wet plate went dry!
I consider myself a purist, I have always used film, The process in the darkroom is what really made me love photography. I used to joke with friends that I was going to put a bottle of fixer next to their computers, just so they would never forget.HarmsDavidSSTSeattleWa2008
Back to the question at hand. With time gone by and a new generation of computer users, coupled with the new generation of cameras, computers and printers, the answer is simple, my friends. Digital is here to stay, and is the norm of the future. With all the pieces working in harmony the images are stunning. I will urge the beginner to do your research and take some quality time in buying the right gear. There are alot of intricate pieces to consider. Especially if your going to do the whole printing process. Make no mistake there is a big learning curve here.HarmsDavid3columsSeattleWa2008
Although film has taken the back seat to the new generation. It is still alive and doing fine thanks. With the close death of the E6 process mostly due to toxic chemicals. The artist out there have gone back in time. Wet plate is in a modern revival, and is a real cool process(more info coming) black &white is still my choice and is still strong and Polaroid films or should I say instant films because of serious crappy business decisions by Polaroid corp. Some where c41 is still there but not for me. And last but not least in my book , daguerreotypes. In the right hands this process is truly amazing and the images are second to none. I said that the wet plate process was perfected by the farmer,while the dags were made by precision watchmakers. In Seattle we are lucky to have Daniel Carillo. Look him up!! He does great work!!falls1
The new things in analog is a new modern giant view cameras in all film sizes from 4×5 to a gigantic 20 x24. I have made a 20×24 and it changes every aspect of making an image. Most of my black &white images are contact prints and shot with my handmade 12×20.
The best part of the analog process is lenses. Every lens will give a different effect and there are thousands of possibilities.. You could spend a lifetime trying new ones but if you are creative, please go down this road.stairs
Also one more aspect or medium I should talk about are the alternative processes. Cyanotypes to platinum printing, truly beautiful and should definitely should be explored.camera_20130916110057615_20130916110627640
For me learning these different processes and the use of the wide arrange of cameras and lenses, both digital and analog, will expand and launch you creativity to a whole new level.1smithtowergos
For the beginner I would suggest starting at the computer and look at as many images that your brain can hold.fogfall

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