Blog

Filter by

Categories

Tags

RSS
Film sucks

This is why film sucks

This is why film photography sucks.

… no, just kidding… or am I? 😉

Some spontaneous mood drove me to bring a film camera with long expired ISO100 slide film to a party – no idea which evil fairy put this idea in my head. I tested my flash on my digital camera to get an idea of how strong it would need to be for a proper exposure, but when I actually used it at the venue it blasted everything away and I chickened out and against logic turned it down as much as possible – now half the roll is wildly underexposed.

And because the film was expired, it’s heavily magenta shifted PLUS the tungsten interior light with the daylight balanced film makes everything super-red, and and and… all other kind of other ugly troubles that are so much easier to avoid on digital.

But I still like it. This time was really the last, though.

In the beginning, my flash was still firing more or less at what I tested to be about right…

In the beginning, my flash was still firing more or less at what I tested to be about right…

People started shielding their eyes from my weapon of blinding brutality - making me doubt if it really should be THAT killer-bright?

People started shielding their eyes from my weapon of blinding brutality – making me doubt if it really should be THAT killer-bright?

… and then the doubts had their way. I dialed that damned flash down. People weren't much happier, the photos red mushy grain not even Photoshop can rescue.

… and then the doubts had their way. I dialed that damned flash down. People weren’t much happier, the photos red mushy grain not even Photoshop can rescue.

Film sucks

Film sucks

16 comments

Haha! Great post! I agree with everything you said 🙂

Christopher Puchta

That first photo is pretty amazing, though 🙂 +holger feroudj
It's pretty polarizing (no pun intended) these days i think…some people draw a lot of creativity and motivation out of film, others feel it's way too much of a hassle, inflexible. I'm definitely in the latter camp…just can't be bothered 🙂

Mocha Frap

+holger feroudj  I'm SCARED ;((( Who are these Guys ?!?

holger feroudj

haha thank you +Christopher Puchta 🙂 It's kind of love/hate – with the "love" part being completely irrational and the "hate" part very rational 🙂

holger feroudj

I have no idea +Mocha Frap! Probably the guardians of film 😉

Mocha Frap

(LOL) +holger feroudj i Thought………they were the [ Under — Taker ] of Films ?!? 😀

Branko Nuss

I wouldn't say they suck…they do have a nice aesthetic to them.  Unless you say film sucks because almost all of the photos came out under exposed then I completely agree and that's why I prefer digital cameras.

Μελένια Μέλι

……..Hello Giovanni and +……….Thank you….!!!!!Melenia

I agree. But in a sense, you still got some pictures with character… and if you think that with digital you`ll have had more control but no “surprise factor”…

Well, thank you! I’m glad someone said that the pictures are still okay – was getting worried people take me too seriously when I said they sucked 😛

Giovanni Piliarvu

+Hisaya MURATA yeah.. it`s not our fault. It`s film. We are much better in person 😉

holger feroudj

+Branko Nuss these are the 6 "acceptable" ones of the 36 – heavily brightness/contrast enhanced in postpro :p
Actually I changed films and still have another 10 or so exposures on another roll that I need to finish some time. Well, now I already know what these are gonna look like…. haha

holger feroudj

P.S: The brightness contrast adjustment was to actually make the photos darker, though. I'm sure you've seen before how a lab prints your underexposed photos in a no contrast gray mush because of their automatic exposure correction when scanning. Well, same happened here, except for the photos when the flash was still on the right power setting.

You could have done yourself a favor and pushed the film to like 400 ( maybe even 800) that way your ambient light would be a little more balanced. Are you sure you processed this with e6? Looks to me like it may have been cross-processed. Ultimately if you were using proper film for the environment you were shooting (say tungsten balanced Cinestill 800 for example) you could have achieved really good results. Would it have been as easy as digital? Probably not. Would you have carefully composed each shot knowing how much you spent? It’s likely. For me it’s less about the aesthetic and more about how film forces me to shoot.

Leave a Reply