The dark side has called out to me for a long time. It has lured me in sometimes and I always resisted… but I think this time I’m gone!
What dark side you ask?
Well, the one I always dismissed, the one I have played down during 2 years of posts, the one that get’s excluded by the very name of my blog:
D I G I T A L
The word makes me shiver 😉
By the way, I promised to tell you a secret in my previous post, and here it comes:
The photographs of that post are DIGITAL, taken with a Fuji X-E1 and Fuji 35mm lens some time back….
There, it’s out, I have dared to touch digital photography, my hands are unclean…
But the dark side indeed has some cookies! And they not only come in the form of instant gratification, the fact that, even without chimping on your camera’s screen all the time, you can use your photos immediately, without the hassle of developing, scanning and all that stuff.
Talking of developing film, it’s not the most ecological hobby around, I think you’ll agree. Never mind the small quantities of chemicals used. And then again, film production is not quite green too!
Digital eliminates two steps from the process of making photographs. The initial step, making the photo with your camera remains the same. The later step of ‘developing’ the RAW file is similar to either ‘developing’ the scan of the negative or the process of wet printing.
What you save is the developing and scanning tasks. Time consuming, tiresome, boring… yes, boring! Though I always get that thrill when I finally open the developing tank and see these negatives…
On the camera front, I love the simplest of them. Either point and shoot film cameras or those with manual controls. Manual focus, a nice dial for shutter speeds and an aperture ring on the lens! That makes my day.
I can have that in digital too! Of course I said in a former post that I am confused by digital cameras and their numerous options and that is still true. But in the end it’s the outcome that counts. And the end Product will always be the print or the photo book. Not the low resolution pictures on a screen. If I keep that in mind I think I will keep my sanity.
‘Is it real or is it Memorex?’ the advertising went in the olden days of cassette tapes. Nowadays we have to ask differently.
‘Is it film or is it digital?’
Now tell me one thing please. If I go over to the dark side, shall I change the title of my blog?
And by all means, blast away if you want to bring me to reason! Tell me your feelings.
Thanks for giving me your opinion and thanks for reading!