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Photography editorial Written by: Lindsay Mills

I recently talked to a young man who I discovered was very interested in photography, and having told me that it was his main hobby, I was intrigued, and very surprised, when he explained that he far preferred to use film rather than digital imaging. Even though it is so difficult and expensive to buy film these days. I wrongly presumed he was referring to Black and White photography, but soon realised he was buying colour films.

All new cameras, even mobile phones, are digital. Also, there are only a few small laboratories that will process colour film, and home processing although possible, is not easy. Yet he told me there are groups of photographers, like him, preferring to use film and their numbers are growing.

I was amazed to learn this, because of the incredible possibilities of digital photography, that now exist. The cameras not only make it easier to control the image and exposure, in so many ways, that were much more complicated before with film. There is the advantage of seeing the digital result immediately. But even after having taken the picture, with the aid of software, the options available now to manipulate digital photographs are just fantastic!

This made me reflect on why I had favored using digital techniques, rather than negative film from the 1960’s, before anyone had computers. These days I am excited by the digital option, rather than film. However, I also see the value in mixing both careful planning along with the useĀ of technology. An example of this is theĀ ‘Painting with light’ technique that involves photographing projected images. It would be exceedingly difficult to achieve with effect with digital software alone. Like the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” Not everything can or should be photoshopped.

In the example of the photograph above, the composition demonstrates many quintessential elements to photography: light, leading lines, and significant areas of convergence.

My own views have always been that the most important aspect of photography is the resulting picture, the composition, the quality and the choice of subject. Not the questions of the technique, or make of camera, lens used, or film etc. It is only the resulting picture that really matters; however, it was created!