How Analog Film Helps Me Create Better Artwork
I have been thinking more lately about my black and white film workflow because I am writing a detailed article in the April 2019 edition of the Darkroom Underground about my fine art workflow, from beginning to end.
In this article today, I am going to share some of the primary reasons that I think film helps me create better images.
Based on my experience, most people shooting film today are scanning their images and editing in Lightroom/Photoshop to make digital end products. This is a personal choice and I have no opinion about the choices another photographer makes, nor do I really care because it doesn't impact me. My hobby is wildlife photography and I use the latest video and digital cameras in my adventures. I have been doing this for years and so I am very familiar with the modern digital photography process and workflow.
I have made the personal choice to keep my fine art workflow completely analog from film capture to making my large 40x50 silver gelatin prints by hand in the darkroom and I believe my artwork has benefited from this choice.
In no particular order, here are some of the reasons why I believe working with film vs. using the latest digital technology helps me create better images:
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Perfectly expressed. I couldn't agree more with the entire statement. Thank you. I too have had to use the digital workflow in my day job but, it has never changed my view of the darkroom experience. After 45 years of film and paper I have witnessed the "revolution" but never got caught up in it. But, I never tried to make my living with photography as you.
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