I recently received a challenge from a FB buddy, Sehlem Sebik, whom I’ve never met, to post 5 black and white pictures, one-a-day.
I decided I’d dig out some old BW negatives instead of just converting what I have in my digital archives into grayscale.
This was a worthwhile challenge.
It gave me an opportunity to take stock of what I pointed my cameras at when I started my formal education at Kent State University.
If it isn’t obvious to you, I didn’t pay as close attention to lighting as I do now.
That’s only natural because back then I was strictly an available light photographer.
Not knowing how to light meant I couldn’t visualize a scene any other way.
Now that I know how to light, I can visualize my scene exactly how I want it because I decide where the highlights and shadows will be.
Exactly how hard or soft the shadows are, I decide by my light placement or the light modifiers I use.
Is Shooting Film Necessary?
To become a better photographer, is it necessary to shoot film?
I have no real easy answer to this other than to base my response on my own experience.
I believe it helps to shoot film at some point in a beginner’s learning curve.
The one major reason is the cost per frame of film.
Except for those instances when you expose the same frame multiple times intentionally, you have a finite number of shots you can make in a roll–36, 24 or 12.
This forces you to be more selective and thoughtful before you push the shutter button.
You don’t mindlessly fire away.
You take a moment to check your meter, your ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings then study each corner of your viewfinder before pushing the shutter button.
Also, because you’re never entirely sure you have the shot, you learn very quickly those specific instances when you have to shoot a lot.
You become very good at anticipating potentially problematic situations which you have little or no control so that you actually will shoot many, many frames or exposures during those critical times.
Peter Phun Photography
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