Who Still Uses Film In Photography And WHY?

Well, hey everyone. It’s Scott again with NewPortraitBiz.com and welcome to another Quick Tip video. Let me just say this Quick Tip video is—well, I guess it’s gonna be a tip because some of you out there may—I don’t know how many—but may be still shooting film.

Yeah, I know. I know. It’s hard to believe. But I received a question from one of our subscribers and, I’m sorry, I forgot the name who it was, but I remember I needed to answer this question and I apologize whoever that was. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is is the question I got was—you know, our first off, they said, “Hey, these are great. These Quick Tips, I love them. They’re just easy to digest.

They’re fast and right to the point.” And that’s what I want to do here. And that’s what I’m gonna do today because the question was, “Hey Scott, I’d like to see more lessons on film, on shooting film, how to process it.” The thing is I would say probably 85%, maybe more—I don’t know the exact number, it’s gotta be up there—are shooting digital. And the film is more or less the hobbyist in my book. I may get some flak from this, but that’s my belief. But let me just ask this question: why? I mean, why are we still shooting film? I mean, if you enjoy it, if you have a dark room and you want to process the film, I get it. I get that.

But why not just shoot digital and then use your digital dark room now, you know, Photoshop basically, to be able to do all the things that you could still do in the dark room and you have so much more control, you have instant gratification. There’s just so many benefits now that when I got this question, I was kinda, like, taken back like “Really?” I didn’t even realize people were still shooting film, but I know there’s some hobbyists out there who still enjoy shooting large format or maybe even 35 mm. Heck, I don’t even know where you would buy film anymore.

But my—I guess my suggestion would be is if you’re a hobbyist and you enjoy doing it, then do it, have fun with it. If you’re not and you’re someone looking to make a living out of this or at least take it to the next level where you want to do this professionally, digital, digital is the way to go. I mean, man, I remember Lisa and I doing—when we first got started doing a wedding or something and we couldn’t wait to get the pictures back because we wanted to make sure they came out OK. And now with digital, it’s like you take the picture, you look at the back of your camera, and you’re set. And then you get to modify and adjust and tweak. You don’t have to rely on someone else to do it. So many benefits I could go on for hours.

But anyway, that is my advice. If you’re not shooting digital—and I don’t—there’s probably not many, but if you aren’t and you’re watching this, give it a shot. You’re gonna love it.

So, that’s it. That’s for—that’s it for this lesson, or this suggestions that I have for you. If you have any videos that you want me to create, any Quick Tips, let me know and I will—I’ll do my best to get them done for ya.
You can email me at newportraitbiz@gmail.com or leave a comment or question below.

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