Some photographers love the meditative process of film photography: it's tactile, immersive, and for some, evocative. However, there are those among us who put this traditional practice on a pedestal, claiming that it is the only true form of photography. But as long you get the image that you want, does the process really matter?
Coming to you from Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge is this video, which discusses some of the more dogmatic views that are held within the photography community. Broadly speaking, some photographers put more weight on how an image is made rather than what the final product looks like. Pye is coming from the perspective of a professional photographer, and his argument is based on what the client wants and cares about, using four examples to illustrate his point. His first example relates to film photography and the experiences of friends who chose to adapt and adopt new technologies during the digital revolution. As he says, those who chose to accept the new technologies, seeing them purely as tools to get the final result continued to prosper, while many of those who shunned DSLRs ended up bankrupt.
I would hazard a guess that most clients don't care about how you take a photo or how it is processed. I've never heard a client say: "Oh, I would prefer that you edit this in Adobe Photoshop as opposed to Affinity Photo." Yes, certain types of photography, like the Collodion process, produce uniquely evocative images that can't really be replicated on a computer, so there will always be a niche for such a specialization.
Have any of our readers ran into such entrenched views? Do you have clients who prefer that you shoot with film? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.