Here’s one I hear all the time now. “hi, I’m new to film……”
How can anyone be “new” to film. It’s been around forever?? It’s pretty simple actually, as you have all these people weened on digital cameras. They don’t know anything else as they live in the non analogue universe. They were conceived at Burning Man, and use words like “newbie.” Suddenly they see something that looks cool in a photo like grain or continuous tones, or even real black and white. Hey it’s a whole new world of fun and photography. For this we must thank digital for making images and the pursuit of them so damn easy.
I think if I were to teach a class I might start off with digital photography. Seems ass backwards, but why not get some instant gratification, and then teach F Stops. I used to think that digital was ruining my business, but now I believe it’s helping because everyone is out there shooting, and kids (anyone under 30 in my book) are discovering film as a result, and so many of these new shooters are very skilled as well. Why, because they had the luxury of learning in the digital format.
Maybe this year we’ll see some holgas out on the Playa at Burning Man?
(sorry, do you say “out on the playa?”