I was skimming through my early photos in Lightroom, and came across the first image I made with my first digital SLR (a Canon EOS 300D in 2004, for those who are interested).

The thing I remember most was the immediacy of the experience. No waiting to finish the film, no processing in a dark room smelling of chemicals. Click – and there it was, on the back of the camera.

The second thought that struck me was that the immediacy of digital can affect the experience in negative ways, as well as positive. There was a period when the ability to capture an image without consequence of cost or effort meant I didn’t think through what I was trying to achieve as much as I had with film.

We live and learn.

While I still shoot film for enjoyment sometimes (there is definitely a different feel to film, that no amount of digital post processing can accurately emulate), I wouldn’t want to go back.

9 thoughts on “Interference

  1. Mike to Mike… I hear you… but would not go back. This is from one who was trained in the darkroom and on tri-x film. You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned ‘time’. And you are so right…. many of us shoot to fast and this affects the outcome, the essence of what it is, to take and be a photographer. On the other hand… when I shot a rodeo and more recently moto-quads… digital is both a blessing and a curse. NOT Paying for flim… blessing. Editing 3000 pics…. double curse 🙂

    • Yep, the advantage of film is, when it’s done, it’s done. I’ve just switched from Aperture to Lightroom, and am now faced with all my files to reorganise. I’m not sure I have the strength.

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