Digital Filmic Variations

One thing I love about digital photography is the sheer variation possible with the images. While you can endlessly transform a Jpeg, it is even easier to do with a lossless Raw image, yet the effect is the same and either way you get to keep your original. A lot of this can be done for fun, exploring the possibilities of an image, or used commercially, to have black and white or sepia wedding photos for instance. Here are some examples, all from the same original, emulating various types of film. not only would getting and developing this film have been expensive, but I would have needed seven cameras, all loaded with the right one and to know how to use them!

This last point should give you some clue as to the basic incomparability of film and digital- the careful tweaking and preparation of a film shot produces in many cases a richer result than an almost fully-automated digital snap. Yet this doesn’t change the fact that, used to the full we can get spectacular results with digital a lot more easily than ever before, though for them to have any more meaning than just beiong pretty pictures, they should still be doing what photography has always been about- capturing life’s light and vitality, immortalising images through the camera lens to tell stories of what we see.

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