Old Habits Never Die
I always use to think back about the days when we always used to shoot film. Before digital really hit home and the internet take over....... Here's food for thought "What would we do with out our smart phones" ?
The following editorial has been shot all on film with my trusty Pentax 67 ......... The pictures below are some of my very first published editorials in magazines .......Culture and Esatica for these who want to know who commission me. The first couple of shoots in this editorial were shot in New York and the remaining pic's were shot in Sydney.
Back then I printed all my own work in Colour and black & white. I found it so challenging to be in the darkroom and work on a set of prints for a magazine or my book(portfolio) .......Printing your own work back then really set apart the men from the boys and I am talking about being able to print your own work the way you wanted it to look and not how some lab technician printing the way they saw it.
Shooting film was always a test of how good you were. As most photographers back in the day would shoot 6x7 film which would give you 10 frames per roll you may only have 3-4 rolls per shot to nail it .........Now a days with digital you can shoot as many as you like or to the point were you think you may have it. You really had to plan every shot down to a tee to make sure you got what you wanted. Then after the shoot you would drop the film off to the lab to get processed, once that was done you would go to the darkroom to do the contact sheets. Then you would make the selections e.g what you wanted to print. Then it would back to the darkroom to spend all day printing.
This process would take about a week, now a days once it's on your hard drive all you have to do is select which shots you want and then convert the raw files to jpg's and load them up to your dropbox for your client to look at. Ten times faster and ten times as easier before the days of film. But still not the same sort of feel as film.
The shots that I have posted here in this editorial have not been retouched. The film has been scanned and as you will see the feel of the shots don't feel like digital but ......like film. Especially the studio's shots..........my thinking is the difference between film and digital is that the finished look has more of a velvety feel rather than a flat smooth finish.
Next week I will post one of my favourite editorials that was shot on digital........till then have a good Christmas and remember .......... Old Habits Never Die.
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