Shooting digital as if it’s film

A couple of things caught my eye recently about using digital cameras more like they were film cameras:

Last week my friend Matt wrote an interesting blog post about how he set up his digital Fuji X100 to act more like a classic film camera when he’s shooting it. By simplifying the setup, turning off the instant image review on the LCD screen, and setting some limitations, he’s able to spend less time fiddling with menus, buttons and dials, and have a greater focus on the actual shooting. It’s a good read, and good advice even if you have a different type of digital camera.

A few days later I read a post on the Life, Edinburgh blog – a favorite of mine – about an iphone app called Thirty Six, that simply puts film-like limitations on an iphone camera. The main idea is that you have to shoot a 36 exposure ‘roll’ before you get to see any of the images. There are also some film-like tools like looking at a contact sheet, but I think that idea of shooting without seeing what you just shot is the main thing that may push people to shoot a little differently.

When I first got a digital camera, the ability to shoot as many photos as I wanted without the incremental costs of film and developing seemed like an amazing thing. It still is a great thing in some ways, but it has made many of us lazy photographers. Now that digital has been around a while and has matured a little bit, perhaps people are ready to start thinking about it differently.

Until I have some time to post more photos, here’s a shot from an Argus A-Four with some focusing issues, which I found in a dollar-bin at a camera show a while back.  This thing might just create bad enough images to make someone using a $50 Holga jealous.

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