A look into the age-old debate.

When the age of digital cameras arose many believed it was the death of film, however, with many companies offering dark-room workshops, and film cameras regaining their value, it begs the question: Is analogue back?

The argument could be made that film cameras are no longer economically viable, film prices have skyrocketed, and you often need access to a darkroom or somewhere that can send them off. Derek Anderson (BIPP member) states “For fine prints, maybe film but for commercial photography with often very tight deadlines film just isn’t practical in the digital age?”. So why the attraction to such an impractical format?

One opinion from our BIPP member, Martin Hillary, is that “having all the possibilities that digital brings and the fact that you can pretty much mimic film, is there a need for it?”, whilst Martin makes an excellent point, he goes on to argue that “the whole experience of loading, shooting, developing, and printing” may be what photographers appreciate about the art. Film cameras create a rounded experience, ignite passion, and ultimately drive you to be a better photographer.

One of our directors, Matt Curtis, claims that “film is also about the pure skill involved in creating a photograph…yes you can digitize to edit, etc but if you have straight to print, as I assume would be expected of a film photographer, then it’s making sure as hell you get it right in camera that counts… Of course, we should all be doing that with digital as well but the negatives don’t lie…”

There’s a reason why many people still purchase vinyls and go to the cinema, there’s a beauty to having something physically in your hands, like a film print or having to leave the house to watch the newest flick. This is the same when it comes to photography, but what do you all think?