a bunch of various photos i never blogged.

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now, after a title like that i bet you were thinking these photos were taken with film. FALSE. not a single image in this post was taken on anything other than a nikon d3s or d700. alllll digital. i suppose to some super-human expert trained eyes you could tell they are edited digital files– but i’ll bet most of you didn’t think twice about it. i’ve just achieved filmy looks using various methods of post processing that i’m always tweaking. i’ve noticed a growing number of photographers transitioning to film in the past year… for both personal and professional uses. i thought about trying it out myself, but still can’t bring myself to lose the flexibility and creative possibilities that come with post processing digital images. in fact, i think i enjoy the post process as much as the photographic process!

i came upon the same type of trend when i was investing heavily into my recording studio a few years ago. many audio guys are just convinced that you have to use analog gear to get an analog sound. eh. in my opinion it’s just not necessary anymore. i purchased my fair share of obscenely expensive tube gear including Blue’s flagship microphone and though it did sound just phenomenal, I was definitely able to achieve realistic analog sound using various audio plugins and mixing techniques.

speaking of which, it’s uncanny how many parallels there are between photography and audio production.

anyway… sure, there are serious pluses to shooting film. definitely a cool factor to having an old vintage-y camera. film captures a lot more dynamic range than digital. certain types of film or cameras will deliver a very special character to images, but the honest truth is you can achieve a similar (if not better) look if you learn the limits of your gear and various methods of processing in photoshop or other image editing software.

there is absolutely  something to be said about the delayed gratification of film and its “think before you shoot” type of mentality. when you’ve got expensive and limited rolls to expose it only makes sense that you’ll put more thought into every frame you shut, but if you don’t have the discipline to do that with massive digital cards then just pop in a 256 MB card and break your  camera’s digital screen… problem solved.

in the end i always laugh when people “oooh” and “awww” when looking at film images. it’s just silly when you can create just as organic looking digital images.

p.s. i hope this doesn’t sound like i’m bashing film too much. i don’t mean to give that impression. now… off to clean my keyboard lapojooangnms,r’zE[OPUK8-9MIZUMRrbgyznuhemjWzhfue9zj7-3h78jh0n984zumrh76r56EN8MWRYXNtcmTajkhiuhauthuihiudfYOUWILLBOOKMARKMYBLOGiudashafdshgfluah4to;ihf90u99=0fu=0utq[ur2ur3ut9[3qu90u[u{&*^#$*&^#&^*$@#&*$%t599-69260878PT780TTY87tUIGAFETHGIU39R