Only Butter Tastes Like ButterMonday, May 09, 2011
|Quilla, Kodak Tri-X|
I also knew that for the bulk of the work I was doing my 35mm cameras were just fine so investing in a $3500 Canon super digital camera was also not in my budget.
My wife was right in that I did lose quite a few jobs were some of my clients (the ones that did not know me well enough to chose me for my style) demanded I use a digital camera. Some of these clients were events clients (ones I generally avoided) who wanted me to shoot an event and then retire to a nearby room with a portable digital printer from which I could then provide the guests with instant pictures. Losing these jobs did not upset me as much as they upset Rosemary who would always look at me with a face that silently screamed, “We need the money.”
Some six or seven months ago I did get an unusual (unusual because they are so rare now) request from the Georgia Straight to take an actor’s portrait. I satisfied their request and they unusually sent me an email telling me how much they had liked the portrait. I did not tell them until much later that I had taken the shot with my lowly 3G iPhone. In spite of the fact that I had used the iPhone the picture was still within my style since had used a portable softbox in which I had used the continuous light of the quartz modeling light and had not used the flash simply because there was no way I could sync it with my iPhone’s camera.
|Quilla, Kodak Tri-X on Ilford paper|
If anything the exercise proved to me what I had been telling my wife all along. I had been telling me that I was usually hired because of my style and not because I used film or a digital camera.
The digital camera has pretty well evened out the playing field of photography much as the Colt Peacemaker made the talented gunfighter irrelevant by the latter part of the 19th century. More shots could do the job of one well-aimed shot if done quickly.
But digital photography still seems to be mired with the past. The question of 10 years ago when someone showed you a pristine print was, “Was this taken with film or with a digital camera?” Now that question is moot as few shoot with film or process the film and print it themselves. And especially now most photographs are seen on monitors and ever so rarely are they printed as inkjets.
|Exposure 3 can be used to mimic various types of film. Clockwise from top left, |
Agfa APX, 25 Kodachrome 35 mm, Kodak HIE and Kodak Ektachrome GX.