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Jun 30, 2010 15:18 |  #1

If digital didn't exist, would you still be as enthusiastic about photography as you are now?

I think this is more relevant to people that either started with digital or switched over completely from film. If you still do film, at all, it's probably not as relevant a question.

Anyway, as for me as a total switch-over convert, I'd say yes... I would still be as enthusiastic if only film existed. I loved shooting with film. My reasons for switching are complex, but don't have anything to do with any faults of film.


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Jun 30, 2010 15:28 |  #2

As someone who's never used a film DSLR, I probably wouldn't be into photography if it wasn't for digital. Free pictures is the biggest incentive, and I'm a huge fan of digital post processing.




  
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Jun 30, 2010 15:34 |  #3

ingraman wrote in post #10455085 (external link)
Free pictures is the biggest incentive

Ha ha... that's funny ;)


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Jun 30, 2010 15:37 |  #4

I enjoyed photography in the film days. No doubt, and if, as you say, there was not digital I'm sure I would still be enjoying photography. Would I choose to go back? Nah. Now, understand that I never touched MF or LF film shooting, maybe if I had I might still dabble with that, but since I didn't I don't miss it:).


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Jun 30, 2010 15:39 |  #5

Pretty sure I have more negs/slides than I do digital images...so far.


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Jun 30, 2010 15:40 |  #6

ingraman wrote in post #10455085 (external link)
As someone who's never used a film DSLR,...

This tips you off as someone who has never used film... there is no such thing as a "film DSLR". :lol:


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Jun 30, 2010 15:40 |  #7

ingraman wrote in post #10455085 (external link)
As someone who's never used a film DSLR, I probably wouldn't be into photography if it wasn't for digital. Free pictures is the biggest incentive, and I'm a huge fan of digital post processing.

i don't think anyone's ever used a film DSLR. ;)


edit: hahaha, photoguy beat me to it. :p


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Jun 30, 2010 15:48 |  #8

I'd still be into it, although its hard to say what would be different. Digital has opened up photography to the masses in ways that are both good and bad. I like to see the exciting images people are making as a result of digital. But I have to admit I get annoyed at the number of instant pro's that digital has spawned.




  
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Jun 30, 2010 15:51 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #9

Yeah, I've been into photography since around 81. I actually held out for a long time before I went digital.


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Jun 30, 2010 15:52 |  #10

gonzogolf wrote in post #10455198 (external link)
I'd still be into it, although its hard to say what would be different. Digital has opened up photography to the masses in ways that are both good and bad. I like to see the exciting images people are making as a result of digital. But I have to admit I get annoyed at the number of instant pro's that digital has spawned.

Just think of it as carte blanche to rifle through everyone's shoeboxes and drawers... ;)

The film negs and slides are out there but digital has simply allowed the world to pretty much clean house via the interwebs.


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Jun 30, 2010 15:54 |  #11

I shot film for quite some time but got out because of the cost and hassle of developing film. Digital brought me back into the game...(though I did wait for some 10 years in between)


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Jun 30, 2010 16:01 |  #12

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10455226 (external link)
Just think of it as carte blanche to rifle through everyone's shoeboxes and drawers... ;)

The film negs and slides are out there but digital has simply allowed the world to pretty much clean house via the interwebs.

Yeah but there used to be a bit of a brotherhood of film shooters (especially pre EOS). To do it right you had to invest your time and perhaps pay some dues. Now that means nothing. The best still do that, but there are a lot of people booking weddings their second week with a dslr.




  
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Jun 30, 2010 16:05 |  #13

gonzogolf wrote in post #10455288 (external link)
Yeah but there used to be a bit of a brotherhood of film shooters (especially pre EOS). To do it right you had to invest your time and perhaps pay some dues. Now that means nothing. The best still do that, but there are a lot of people booking weddings their second week with a dslr.

The best though remain firmly at the top of the food chain. The major difference now is finding a way to rise above (and remain above) the noise level.

There may be more CL-listed garbage collectors but IMO, it's made the best even better.

In my world, there are now tens of thousands of people posting images from airshows and other fly ins but the very best in the industry still get the magazine assignments and sell the most fine art prints. I prefer to keep looking up at them instead of looking over my shoulder. ;)


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Jun 30, 2010 16:09 |  #14

If digital didn't exist, I suppose the economical thing to do would be to apply my enthusiasm towards making DSLRs. More seriously, I never went beyond film point and shoots, so I've never been able to do what I do today on film.

Out of my ignorance of what it is like to use film SLRs, right now I would say that I would not be as enthused with photography. Perhaps I would appreciate this activity, but as an outsider that made no exposures himself.


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Jun 30, 2010 16:15 |  #15

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10455316 (external link)
The best though remain firmly at the top of the food chain. The major difference now is finding a way to rise above (and remain above) the noise level.

There may be more CL-listed garbage collectors but IMO, it's made the best even better.

In my world, there are now tens of thousands of people posting images from airshows and other fly ins but the very best in the industry still get the magazine assignments and sell the most fine art prints. I prefer to keep looking up at them instead of looking over my shoulder. ;)

I'm honestly not even competing with them. I'm shooting for myself and just enough spare change to pay for some extra gear. I just dont like the instant experts I guess.




  
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