Film Doesn’t Matter

Lately I am seeing far too many images praised, not for their quality, but simply because they are film based. Much as I love film, that pisses me off. I want to see great work get attention- film or digital- whatever!

Favoring film-based images simply because they’re from film strikes me as similar to the mistake that some shooters make when they assume a certain camera brand (did someone say Leica?) magically makes their images superior. Bottom Line… use the tools that help you make your work. Process is important but it’s not all-important especially to a collector or client… in the end people buy what they like.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

Fuji Stops Motion Picture Film Production

As previously announced, Fujifilm has stopped production of the majority of Motion Picture Film products by March, 2013.

http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n130402.html

Kodak of course still makes motion picture film so no worries for now!!!!!*

We all knew this was coming and Fuji has also discontinued many great still films this last year(+) as well- I for one am not happy! Hey Fuji (USA)… if Fuji Japan makes a film why not make it available in our US market as well (I am thinking of the Fuji 160NS in 4×5)…. I’m sick of having to order films from the EU and beyond. At least Kodak Portra 160 and 400 rock and are easy to get here in the US and beyond… check out my reviews here on FR on these two great films.

Portra 160

Portra 400 Many articles….

*“LOS ANEGLES, Feb 21, 2013 —The 2013 Academy Award® best picture nominees include six movies that were shot on Kodak film: Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Les Miserable.

In the 84-year history of Oscar®, no Academy Award®-winning best picture has ever been made without motion picture film.”

Viva la Revolution!

The End Of Film? Or… The End Of Digital?

Click on the audio play button to listen to this 14 minute discussion on the future of photography by Stephen Schaub.

LINKS:

How Much Longer Can Photographic Film Hold On?

Traditional Camera Film Makes A Come Back

Something for the Holidays

The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition is a must-have for every serious photographer… period.  An earlier edition was a constant resource for me while at RIT and now this newer edition is my Xmas gift to myself this year… it is expensive but well worth it. It is quite thick and full of very useful content on just about every photographic topic imaginable from film to digital and beyond… and if the heat bills get too high this winter I can burn it to stay warm… or my wife could throw it at me to knock some sense into me or perhaps I could learn something about this wonderful medium we all love… either way it will be my constant companion for the dark winter months here in VT. Be sure to add this gem to your holiday wish-list today!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

LINK to Amazon

Why Shoot Film – Part 1

Click on the link above to listen to a 6:41 minute discussion on Why Shoot Film, Part 1.

Digital Test-Image
Film Test-Image

Please note that the test files are kinda big so if you have a slow internet connection just be patient. Also note that the different composition is due to the different aspect ratio but I tried to get at least the top and bottom about the same.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen