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Is Analog Photography Dead?

Living 2011/08/29 18:33:58
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There's no question about it, digital photography has taken the "analog" art form over by storm in the last decade, and you'll be hard-pressed these days to find a photographer who still uses a dark room to develop their shots.

But there are still enthusiasts out there who claim photographs taken with film are unsurpassable, even by the digital age.

Steven Sickle, who works at K&M; Camera in New York City, tells CNN, "[There's] just something inherently different about the medium that you can't get with digital ... We still sell analog film in large bulks to all sort of clientele. It's a lot of fun when you get guys that come into the store not knowing much and leaving knowing more about film and its process."

However, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what photography enthusiasts see in ye olde film-based photos. Maybe it's the depth of color, the resolution, the gloss, or the mere thrill of knowing how your machine works.

The truth is it's probably a little bit different for everyone.

To be honest, we wouldn't mind picking up a Polaroid camera for old times' sake (even though iPhones have an app for that), so we can relate to someone like Sickle on the novelty level.
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  • joe mauro 2011/08/29 20:52:37
    Yes
    joe mauro
    +1
    along with the print medium
  • Bill G5... joe mauro 2011/08/29 20:55:00
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    Great point... I try to avoid buying books. Hmmm.. magazines too now.
  • joe mauro Bill G5... 2011/08/29 20:56:34
    joe mauro
    +2
    inless they have great pictures how ironic
  • Bill G53 ~PWCM~JLA 2011/08/29 20:43:03
    Yes
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    It seems to be going the way of...
    lp records

    Not exactly dead but it has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I use to process film, develop prints, stay in a darkroom for hours... Now it's all at a keyboard and I can send the pics around the world at the push of a button. No more chemicals.

    I'll never go back...
  • Silver Fang 2011/08/29 20:33:43
    Yes
    Silver Fang
    +2
    For me it is. I had as much fun as anyone else with analog cameras back in the day. These days I use my Droid 2 for shots and simply prefer the convenience of being able to snap a quick shot and upload it instantly to Facebook or Twitter.
  • 13LMY13 2011/08/29 20:31:06
    No
    13LMY13
    +1
    It will remain alive for those of us that wish to use it. I like both, but I'm about to go backwards because I'm going to buy my first Holga and then learn how to make my own darkroom and develop my own shots! Fun! remain alive buy holga learn darkroom develop shots fun
  • mahoganysoul 2011/08/29 20:25:25
    No
    mahoganysoul
    Everyone loves a good Polaroid.
  • Bill G5... mahogan... 2011/08/29 20:52:14
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Especially swingers! ... lol ;-)
    swingers lol scandalous poloroid pictures
  • Fef 2011/08/29 20:12:57
    Yes
    Fef
    +2
    A good friend of mine, a professional photographer to the stars, resisted digital photography for a long, long time. Finally he adopted it and I knew that meant the end of analog photography. That happened over 5 years ago.
  • Beat Ma... Fef 2011/08/29 21:34:29
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I have a friend who is a visual media pro. With the real high end cameras (the ones costing $6K+) you can run adapters to accept old SLR optics, plus, shutter lag is non existent (that's why they are used in sports). Anyone with a good touch can now go into a good editing suite and add the "analog" look to any photo now.
  • dennis.... Beat Ma... 2011/08/29 21:55:05
    dennis.pitman1
    Who has $6K+ to spend on a camera unless you are a professional in the business. The average person cannot purchase that type of camera, however for around $1.5K and some loose change, you can purchase a 35mm SLR camera with assorted lenses that can produce out-of-this-world photographs. Then get the film developed, scan them or have the developer scan them for you and put them on disc. Then you can send high-quality photographs to whoever you wish without paying the high-end cost to do it with a high-end DSLR camera.
  • Bothergirl 2011/08/29 20:01:59
    Yes
    Bothergirl
    There is no point to the old fashoned analog photography. Those photos still get digitally improved. With Digital you can save time and money.
  • MissJo 2011/08/29 19:56:15
    No
    MissJo
    +1
    Film photography is still alive and kicking.
  • S123 MissJo 2011/08/29 20:14:31
    S123
    What is film photography?
  • MissJo S123 2011/08/29 22:44:47
    MissJo
    *shakes head*
    Film photography is analog.
  • S123 MissJo 2011/08/29 23:39:42
    S123
    Oh, I was thinking of film as in a movie. I don't think I have heard it called film photogaphy before.
  • TasselLady 2011/08/29 19:55:25
    No
    TasselLady
    I think it will remain for quite some time yet.
  • marcie 2011/08/29 19:34:20
    No
    marcie
    If it were, there wouldn't be so many film style cameras still on the market. But I prefer my digital, that way I can tell how the pictures came out right away, delete and retake as neccessary and have them right away and no trips to get them developed and have to wait.
  • Beat Ma... marcie 2011/08/29 21:36:24
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    The film cameras that are still on the market have been sitting on store shelves for 5+ years now. You could still find floppy discs in stores up to a year or two ago... they had been sitting there for a decade. Office Max still sells Typewriters because they haven't been able to clear their stocks yet.
  • maryDS 2011/08/29 19:33:56
    No
    maryDS
    +1
    Digital has it's place, it's quick, versatile and difficult to make mistakes -that makes it boring! Some of the best photos I've seen have been made on old fashioned film -overexposed/underexposed often makes the more interesting picture, and processing and printing your own film ... a great feeling.
  • Beat Ma... maryDS 2011/08/29 21:37:12
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    It's definitely fun for the artistic aspect of it.
  • Damn So... maryDS 2011/08/30 13:49:19
  • Bart Damn So... 2011/08/30 20:56:20
    Bart
    macs are awesome
  • maryDS Bart 2011/09/04 20:45:57
    maryDS
    macs are superb!
  • maryDS Damn So... 2011/09/04 20:45:20
    maryDS
    yes I use these too but it doesn't live up to 35mm analogue photography, you get a different feeling, It's like comparing reading a book to reading on an ipad/kindle - a different feel.
    plus I like processing my own film on occasions
  • Dum Luk 2011/08/29 19:06:42
    No
    Dum Luk
    +1
    Analog photography has infinite resolution.

    Digital is good and improving, but still has a way to go.
  • RogerCo... Dum Luk 2011/08/29 19:27:37 (edited)
    RogerCoppock
    +4
    "Analog photography has infinite resolution."
    Not really.
  • Dum Luk RogerCo... 2011/08/29 21:39:49
    Dum Luk
    +2
    In the sense that film can be magnified many times but a digital image will become pixelated before very long.
  • Bothergirl Dum Luk 2011/08/29 20:04:56
    Bothergirl
    +2
    I have a Digital SLR with Infinite Resolution
  • Bill G5... Bothergirl 2011/08/29 20:37:14
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Is it possible you are comparing infinite resolution or DPI with the infinite setting on your focus? Infinite resolution would mean I could take a photograph and magnify it to the microscopic level or take a photograph of the stars and magnify it to see individual galaxies. That would be cool but we are not there yet...
  • doc 2011/08/29 19:01:29
    No
    doc
    +1
    but it is getting harder and harder to resuscitate
  • Aspect of B 2011/08/29 18:58:58
    Yes
    Aspect of B
    I'd give it about 15-20 years.
  • JohnFitzgeral12 2011/08/29 18:47:49 (edited)
    No
    JohnFitzgeral12
    But it's almost dead. I was on vacation and saw a few old women still using film cameras.
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2011/08/29 18:47:05
  • Bothergirl Dave**G... 2011/08/29 20:05:40
    Bothergirl
    +3
    He didn't have a digital camera
  • Bill G5... Bothergirl 2011/08/29 20:38:23
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Exactly!
  • Dave**G... Bothergirl 2011/08/29 20:42:17
  • SonofSp... Dave**G... 2011/08/30 11:24:22
    SonofSpermcube
    +3
    You can do that with digital.

    If he'd had digital, he probably would have used it.
  • Damn So... Dave**G... 2011/08/30 13:44:24
  • V~POTL~... Bothergirl 2011/08/30 17:41:05
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    True. But everyone who views these pictures on their computer is viewing a digital image, right?

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