Film photography Vs. Digital

 

Light is vibration, which is movement. A movement has a beat; a rhythm. Therefore light has a rhythm. What is capable of capturing the authentic state of this rhythm? A physical surface, or a software?

Let's put it into musical terms. What instruments create a more profound resonance? Electronic? Or instruments made from the earthy materials like woods and strings? 

The same principle applies to photography. A plate that you capture light on, whether film negative or metal, carries a harmonious rhythm that compliments the rhythm of light. Digital software, however, turns this vibration into ones and zeroes, therefore the soul, the authenticity, the essence of light is transformed into a different frequency that doesn't resonate as deeply with us.

When you capture a photo on film, do you place a filter on it? Unlikely, right? But when you take a photo with a digital camera, you have to add all sorts of spices and sugar to it in post-processing to make it palpable. We've come to accept this process as normal, but it's actually holding us back.

Digital technology is a great way to learn the craft; to make as many mistakes as possible and learn to correct them on the spot. But at some point, we should take our creativity seriously and accept that we, every single one of us, is capable of creating at least one masterpiece. And for that, we should be using film. A film negative, plate, sheet of metal, anything physical, is the only surface that is able to capture the natural resonance of light; therefore maintaining the "soul" of the image.

To draw your conclusion, take an image with an analogue camera and create that same photo with a digital camera. Print both and see which one resonates with you. (Print the images through Amazon or whichever service, but make sure it's on photo paper and make sure that you print! Don't just compare them on a screen)

If you are interested in exploring the film world, then I recommend getting a Canon ftb, Ae1, or any inexpensive film camera that doesn't have auto-settings.  You can find these types of cameras on eBay for reasonable prices. Also, don't forget that I am around to answer your questions, so don't go buying something you're not sure of! I can help.

*This post is an excerpt from Sol Academy's Natural Light and Film Photography course.