Film Elitists, Chill Out…

It’s funny how EVERY style of film distorts reality.
Some films add high contrast, some over-saturate, some create subdued colors and some even remove all color, GASP!!.
Every image lies to some degree whether it was shot with an 8×10 field camera or a Digital SLR or even an Iphone with a processing app (OMG, not a camera phone!!!!).
Yet, elitist film shooters feel their medium is best, it’s pure, but I have news, it’s not. Not even close. It may be YOUR preferred medium, but it isn’t the best and it isn’t pure.
You still process it to some degree, whether it’s in the darkroom or by scanning the negative and tweaking it in Photoshop, GimP, or whatever program you choose.
So, get off your high horses and relax a bit when your cousin’s father’s mother’s daughter takes a photo with their camera phone and processes it with an app.

The moral to this is that you should use the medium that suits you best. Maybe that’s film, maybe it’s digital or maybe it’s your phone. Hell, maybe it’s all three and a bread truck that was custom made to shoot Massive wet plates, like Ian Ruhter Photography is doing. (
Whatever you choose, try not to be so snobby about it and open up your eyes to what is happening around you.

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  1. Mark 04/26/2012 at 5:55 pm #

    All I have to say is, that photo up top is awesome! Did you take it? (guessing you did).

  2. Shawn Thompson 04/26/2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Thanks Mark!
    I did take the photo, with my iPhone and Instagram.

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