Los Angeles-based filmmaker and photographer Benjamin Disinger has been shooting portrait and nature on film mostly. He had his work featuring on Shooting Film before and now coming back to share with us reasons that make him still love shooting film.
1. Most importantly, I love the look of it. I don't like to argue about film vs. digital because it's apples and oranges. They both have their pros and cons. I prefer the look of film to most digital. I love the way the highlights roll-off. I love the grain and texture. The look of film is the reason I keep coming back.
2. I'm always striving for better and better quality. With medium and large format film, I love the amount of detail it captures. There's nothing quite like an image taken on large format film. Nothing matches it in quality even today.
3. I love the process. I love metering for the light, checking my framing over and over and over again, hearing the mirror slap, hearing the film physically moving through the camera. Shooting film calms me by forcing me to slow down. It's peaceful.
4. Buying different film is like buying a completely different digital sensor for your camera. For about $6, you can have a completely different look. I can choose different film for different uses. Shooting landscapes? Ektar. Shooting people? Fuji 400H or Portra. Black and white? Dozens and dozens of options. I love, love, LOVE that. So much better than applying a filter to your images in post. Get it right in camera, get out from behind the computer.
5. Lastly, I love the community. I frequently share my images on reddit.com/r/analog and it's, by far, the friendliest subreddit I've ever been to. On Flickr there are tons of groups dedicated to film photography. There's a growing community of film shooters who are all eager to share their knowledge and insight - amateurs and professionals alike. I love it.
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