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Film, I Just Don’t Get Iton: September 15, 2023 at 11:25 am
Yes, there is no going back to film for me either — I recently disposed of the remaining dust-gathering film equipment I still kept for some reason. Do I miss the darkroom? Yes, on occasion when remembering how I enjoyed the hours spent in it, but then there is the realization that LR’s development module’s history does all the recording of my work as opposed to my scribbles on paper to record all my dodging, burning, paper grid, etc! LR wins, every time.
Still, film did impose more discipline when photographing. My early ‘pro’ work – I was barely 18 or 19 – was doing weddings, in b&w, using a 4×5 Speed Graphic (that on I still have for display) and anywhere between 6 and 12 holders. Do the math: 12 to 24 shots for an entire wedding. Photograph at the bride’s home, church, fake the first dance at the reception hall, then to the studio, soup the negs, get quick prints, go back to the reception hall and see if any guests would order a print. Later the studio owner would go and do a colour shot of the going away couple. Last wedding I attended, there were two photographers and a videographer and a drone, for what end, I wondered.
My personal work was exclusively in b&w – mainly because I was able to keep full control of the entire process, and because colour prints would fade in less time than my lifetime. Epson pigment inks now allow me to explore and add colour to my work.
I do have a number of projects that involve scanning my negs. It is a bit of a drudgery to do and I certainly would not enjoy such a hybrid workflow if using film.
I imagine that in not too long this discussion will no longer be about using film, but will be about why still using cameras, and not too long after that, why still using iPhones or such.
Jean-MichelRe: Changes At photoPXLReply #1 on: August 29, 2023 at 6:33 pm
The Argus episode.
Yes, who does not remember their first ‘real’ camera? In my case, it is a Yashica J35 – I still have it, together with a Sekonic photoelectric meter, and that one is still unbelievably more or less accurate; the rf patch in the camera is rather faded! Bought those while in high school in Montreal. Then, I was able to borrow my older cousin’s darkroom stuff including a small contact printer and a Federal enlarger. Those are long gone, but they would surely work as well today as she 60 years ago.
Jean-MichelRe: Changes At photoPXLReply #2 on: August 25, 2023 at 1:14 pm
I check out your site daily as it is. Your plan for daily videos sounds very interesting, and, I hope for you, not too overly draining! Perhaps other participants, me included, might help by occasionally and maybe regularly adding to your site. I am in the midst of a major relocation and my own eventual contributions may have to wait for 2 or 3 months from now. I have been grateful for your help in keeping me up to date with much of the digital realm since your days at Lula. I too have some 5+ decades of photography behind me but am always eager to use whatever new or old to advance my own projects.
I also agree with Elliot Purity in that you need not think that you let anyone down.
Jean-MichelRe: New Article Announcements & DiscussionsReply #3 on: January 20, 2023 at 12:25 pm
Your article made me smile. I made a living designing all sort of books and manuals. Had I have the proverbial “one dollar for” every table that my clients included in their drafts, I would be very wealthy today. It does take a certain amount of skill to transform simplicity into obscurity, the Capture One people have definitely mastered that skill!
I use LR and the full Adobe Suite since I also frequently InDesign and other programs. The subscription cost is quite acceptable to me, even in my semi-retirement days. Your note about joining Jeff to do a new LR tutorial caught my attention. I would certainly encourage you to do so, if it makes any financial sense to you both. When I went fully digital for photography, I purchased the LR tutorials by Jeff and Michael from your previous site (still have those on a drive or two), and viewed all the following ones over the years. There are a gazillion youtube videos on LR, but none would be in the same league as the ones Michael, Jeff and you produced.
I’m quite OK with subscriptions. I would like to support your site financially — I subscribe to your free level of membership — but find that the two upgraded levels are a more than what I am prepared to pay. It is not for me to tell you what to charge, but perhaps a level similar to what your previous site charges would attract more people such as me to pay the fee.
All the best for the new year to you and your family.
Jean-MichelRe: New Article Announcements & DiscussionsReply #4 on: March 26, 2022 at 1:48 pm
Just a note to say thank you for making this webinar. I have relatives and friends in Ukraine – all of whom are refusing to leave and doing their best to defend their country. It is really gratifying to see how much of the world is rallying to help as they can to assist those who had to leave Ukraine, and also help the helpers.
I have registered – although it is my spine who is the iPhone maven in our household, mine has a faulty camera (probably hit by a Russian missile!).