The disposability of digital imagery created a significant shift in the world of photography. As film stock gave way to megapixels, we changed the way that we shoot, and this insightful video from Jamie Windsor offers a few suggestions as to why it’s nice to go back in time every now and then.
It strikes me as strange that with all of the Lightroom presets and color profiles available, there’s still a certain look and feel to images shot on film that digital images often lack. It’s probably psychosomatic, part of some yearning for a time when petrol was full of lead and shooting photographs meant waiting for a week before ripping a small parcel out of your postman’s hands. In this thought-provoking video, Windsor comes up with some excellent points that, nostalgia aside, makes me want to dig out my rather battered Canon EOS 5 (that’s the Canon EOS A2 to those the other side of the pond) and see if I can track down some rolls of Ilford XP2.
Windsor’s first point is probably the most fascinating: color negative film is still miles ahead of 35mm digital sensors in terms of dynamic range, a fact that seems bizarre given the rate at which technology has developed over the last couple of decades.
If you think that Windsor is right with his list, or if you think he’s missing something crucial, leave your thoughts in the comments below.