Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Craig Stuart Eisenberg - 5 things I love about Film

Craig Stuart Eisenberg is a photographer based-in Los Angeles, CA, USA. He began shooting film and learned photography with a Nikon 35mm, and then he bought a 1949 Rolleiflex TLR.
"Anyone will tell you that the camera is only a tool and the same can be said of film. I don't bemoan the proliferation of digital photography. It has its place. But for me it lacks something.
I had a DSLR for about six months. I hated it. I hated it for all of the aforementioned reasons and more. I hated spending time at my computer trying to make pictures look like film. I may spend all of ten minutes on a film scan in photoshop. Most of what i've submitted here is untouched. With digital I am constantly tweaking colors and wishing there were some texture or grain or emotion or soul. Digital is a tool. There are many photographers creating amazing work with it. I will re-join someday. But as long as Fuji and Ilford make film, I intend to shoot it."
Here, 5 main reason why Craig loves shooting film

1. Film is magical. A lot of people use that term to describe film and it's entirely appropriate. I'm no film geek. I don't know what happens when light meets silver and chemicals in a lab. But I do know the results will never cease to amaze me.

2. Film is precious. I don't shoot the shit out of something when I shoot film. I take my time. It forces me to be thoughtful and economical. When we shoot a person, we shoot six or eight rolls which depending on format may add up to 300 pictures... total. With digital you can easily shoot 300 photos in the first look. It's too much.

3. I love the rhythm of film. 36 exposures (or 12 with MF) and we're out. I like stopping to reload. It gives us a minute to think about what's next instead of belaboring what's now. I also feel a closer connection to my subject and the shoot. I'm not constantly looking at the back of my camera and they're not either.

4. Film teaches you patience. At best there is a 48-hour turnaround at my lab. At worst they are on holiday, or backed-up, or the shoot is on a weekend, and we wait days for results. I love and hate that about film, mostly love.

5. Film is expensive. When you add up the cost of the raw stock, developing and scanning (low and high res), it costs me around $300 to do a test on film. It is worth every penny.

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