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…………..;)