Oh my god…..grain!


I heard this in a coffee shop the other day, down by Howe/W Pender St in downtown Vancouver.

The guy said “I’d really love to use film…jeepers, man…I got so many film cameras at my place, you know…but what kills film..is all that damn grain you get…my digital cameras don’t give any grain, that’s why I love ’em..”

I had to look at him for a while, look at him for a good few minutes, have a think about it, then go onto another subject. I mean, grain is one of the unbeatable consequences of using film..it gives shots an air, an aura, a grace that’s missing with digital.

Sure, you can MAKE a digital shot look grainy by tampering with it afterwards, but that’s not photography in my books.

I’ve been around professional photographers for a long, long time…sometimes I joke that I was using film cameras and chemicals when many of the guys now who may be famous photographers (and good luck to them as well) weren’t even born…maybe they weren’t even a glint in their father’s eyes!

And they (the photographers) wouldn’t dream of not using or showing grain to the best effect in their work.

Grain?!!Pah…who needs it…………..;)

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to Oh my god…..grain!

  1. reocochran says:

    He sounds a little immature in his photography skills! The way he uses the word, “Grain” is kind of strange. I do think some things show grain or there can be a grainy appearance if you are trying to zoom too far away, even with a digital camera… I am not a great photographer but feel a little sad about this young man. What made you not tell him a few choice words? Restraint? I love the details and skin with its “real” feel to it in the man’s rugged face. You explained why you need to have grain at times! Thanks!

    • hi, robin!
      tnks for dropping in and your comments.
      i get weary of trying to convince people about things…whatever they are…i guess ive found out that life’s too short…thats why i just pause a little when faced with controversy….then move on!
      as rgds grain, as you quite rightly say, in some cases it is a necessity!
      howre you getting on?

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