I’m using film and I’m scanning it!
I admit the crime, I’m not a pure film user, wet printing for hours in his dark room, never seeing the light of day, like a vampire…… STOP!
That’s crazy. Film is beautiful! Film cameras feel right in my hand! Developing film is fun! But a lot of people can’t go the whole way!
I do not have the room to build a real dark room.
I do not have the time to make test strips, dodge, burn and after half of one night produce ONE print. Admitted, the print will be beautiful, gorgeous.
But It’s simply not possible. I’m thinking of doing it, dreaming of it, but it’s not (yet) possible.
I have to accept the second best: I shoot film and I scan the negatives or slides.
It’s not the real thing, but to my defense I can say that I print quite a lot of my photos. They don’t live only on my computer!
I don’t feel guilty of doing this. It’s simply the way I work, the way I am able to do what I like to do.
My scanner is not really to notch, it’s a lowly flatbed scanner that won’t get all the details and dynamic range out of my negatives and certainly not out of my slides. I chose it becaiuse it allows me to scan 12 negatives in one go. I tried an Opticfilm 8200, but I needed hours to scan one by one the images of a whole film of 36 exposures (39 with the Olympus XA2). The quality was better, but it took too long.
If I need the full resolution from some great shots, I’ll have it printed by a lab, framed and nailed to the wall.
That’s the way I work and I like it.