Friday, June 7, 2013

Ben Miller - 5 things I love about Film

"I'm really an analytical chemist. I play a photographer at night and on the weekends. I don't pixel peek or worry about the newest specs or the best low ISO performance. Composition and light is everything, the only thing." Ben Miller

1. The sound: Borrow a Leica. You'll understand.

2. It's classic: Does listening to a classic timeless song on vinyl sound better than on an MP3 player? It's different. Forgetting the past is never a good idea. Film will always be around.

3. It's slow: I only have so many frames. I start thinking about why I want to capture this scene or this person. What caught my attention? I don't want to waste frames. I spend more time considered composition and light before triggering the shutter. Film gives me better photos from less shutter actuations.

4. You can't chimp: I can't review captures immediately. I spend more time looking through the viewfinder. With film I never miss a shot because I'm looking at the back of the camera.

5. It's prosperous: When I pass on from this world there will be something left for others. It's important to make prints. Prints are the end of the process..... on-line files are not. Digital formats can change. Film negatives are timeless.

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