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| p.4 #15 · Semi OT, Should I get a Film Body? |
I've been asking myself that question. This is total speculation and meant at the market as a whole: I think people have certainly succumbed to the notion that ease of use is more important than quality and why smart phones now take more photos by a wide margin than any other type of camera and more people watch video on youtube than a movie theater. While there have been some good leaps in camera quality in smart phones as of late, it certainly is no match for modern DSLR's. It could be something as simple as film might be mistaken (in the eyes of a consumer) for an iPhone shot with an instagram filter on it. It doesn't differ enough to give the illusion of perceived value. Of course we know it's completely different, but we're talking about consumers here. With people I meet with, they say time and time again how they like the crispness of my digital shots so while I'm only speculating here as to what's going on in their minds, it does make some sense. They tend to dislike the softer look of film probably because it reminds them too much of their iPhone's shots even though there's a vast difference.
But I've said this before: What you shoot is more important than how you shoot. But there will always be brides who want film because they want that specific look but I personally find that they're a very narrow margin. I think there's more photographers making the choice for clients because they're trying to stand out in the market place but in the past year, I had 1 bride specifically want film. The others by a wide margin did not see the value in paying more for film photography so I started listening to this and downsized to 3 1V's. I'll always offer film as long as I can and I love the look of it, but I've come to the conclusion that shooting film will be reserved for clients willing to pay for the added expense because a $1200-1500 bill for stock, processing and scans is not something I just want to pay for for the sake of my craft. That's unsustainable and a big mistake I see some photographers making.
But of course, next year may be completely different and I could get more film requests.
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Why is that, do you suppose?