Monday, April 20, 2015

Buenaventura Marco - 5 things I love about Film

Buenaventura Marco, a 32-year-old Spanish photographer from Valencia, who has been shooting film for 6 years with a variety of different film cameras.

Buenaventura who has just been featured on Shooting Film is also working at a film lab. There are many reasons that make him still love shooting film and here are 5 main ones he would like to share with us.

1. Film is real. Literally, in the sense that it's a physical negative instead of 1s and 0s generated by a sensor that go into a flash card. There's just something really appealing to me about the greatness involved in actually "stamping" an image on to a negative.
Also film is classy and looks authentic. Somehow everybody loves film. Even when people don't know it's film they're like "hmm there's something about the light on this image". The authenticity that emanates from its colours (and of course), a black and white film photo is almost universal in my opinion.

2. Film offers a huge array of cameras that each of them with their own personality and format waiting for someone to identify with them. Let's think about it, it's pretty crazy to be able to buy a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens starting at 200€ that was built for 50 years ago, still works perfectly, probably will last past our own life and when scanned has more definition than most full frame DSLR… That's special!

3. Film's colour rendition. "3-dimensional depth" and perfect skin tones to me are ages ahead of digital still. I work at a film lab, and I'm really picky about colour, and believe me: I just can't stand digital red and specially digital green.

4. Film forces every frame you shoot to be taken seriously. I've shot film since the beginning, but I know that this attitude is hard to get when you're shooting digital. It's not a matter of money. Actually it gets me down that people say "film helps you slow down because every frame costs money". I can't be thinking about money while I'm looking through a viewfinder! For me this "slowness/solemnity" is related to reason #1, where you know the negative is actually being exposed forever with that 1/250th of a second, and you probably only have 16 shots before you change rolls, so better make it worth!

5. Film has a huge latitude. The dynamic range of the newer films like Portra 400 is unheard of in digital. Have you ever seen a blown highlight on film? Me neither. On the under-exposure side I'd say you have 2 to 3 steps latitude, and on the over-exposure side the latitude is crazy. On a film as Fuji 400H I've tried 6 steps over-exposed and still got spectacular results with all sorts of highlight details. Remember that blue sky and detailed clouds while still have amazing skin tones on subjects? That's just one of the many reason I love film.

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