TIME recently released an article on the resurgence of film in the photography industry called, "This Is Why Film Photography Is Making a Comeback" by Olivier Laurent.
I find this really interesting for a few reasons, but the one that stuck out to me the most in the article was this:
"Film, meanwhile, pushes photographers to rethink how they shoot. 'You can't just shoot a hundred shots of your subject and review them immediately,' says Olbrich. 'Film forces you to think about the image, plan the image and really create the image mentally before you actually do the shoot. Film photographers believe that this process results in much more artistic and, in some cases, much more spectacular images.' "
I find this interesting because it falls right into something I always teach my students about shooting with intention.
Sometimes my peers are surprised by the number of photos I walk away from a shoot with, because it's often much lower than they've come to expect. The reason is that I walk into a shoot with finished images already in my head, and I spend more time pulling a shot together (posing, finessing lighting, etc) than I do pressing the shutter.
The photo is created in a photographer's mind before the shutter button is ever pressed. That's why we are always telling people that it's not our equipment that creates images, it's minds trained to see light, to find and/or create compositions, knowing how to wait for the decisive moment, recognize expression, and all the little details that a good photographer knows how to harness to create a stunning image.
Whether a photographer uses film or digital, this ability, the ability to purposefully create an image using learned skills, is still one of the qualities that separates good images from phenomenal images, and good photographers from world class photographers.
What do you think? Has digital technology created lazy photographers? Will this resurgence of film shooters bring back more purposeful image taking that will result in more "artistic" and "spectacular" iamges? Or have good photographers been doing this all along? Give me your opinions below!