Sure, you can get great-looking fake film looks from some Lightroom and Photoshop effects presets and actions. But, none of that will replace the entire experience of what film photography is.
And if you think film is a stupid choice
Making things with your hands; real, actual objects (processed negatives, prints) — that’s what film photography is all about. And there are those of you who’ll scoff at the new crop of photographers coming up. You’ll mock Millennials and high-school kids for being photography frauds who are only interested in doing something because it’s vintage, and vintage is cool, so obviously, these kids are frauds; faux photographers who don’t know what “real” photography is all about.
Of course, you’re saying this after having abandoned film for the “smarter” medium of digital. You give yourself the authority to criticize because you’ve paid your film dues when these kids are merely enjoying what must certainly only be a novelty and a way to impress their friends.
But the truth: You’re bitter.
Admit it. You’re bitter and jealous that someone else has their whole life ahead of them, and they’re enjoying something you let go. If you’ve written film off, that’s fine. I have no problem with that. But if you’re going to criticize someone else for enjoying the experience of film photography… if you’re going to spend one second of your day scoffing at these kids for making the attempt… then you’ve just proven how bitter you are.
Shoot film or don’t shoot film. That’s YOUR business. But don’t yell at these kids to get off your lawn. Because the moment you do, it’s their lawn.
Two Color Films I Mentioned:
- BW Film Comparison
- Film Developer Comparison
- In High-School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft