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The fear of film is upon me!

darrellyoung


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darrellyoung Registered since 21st Apr 2006
Mon 26-May-03 01:46 PM

Nikonians,

Recently I have been shooting events with my D100, and using the F5 as a backup. For instance, I shot a graduation ceremony for a school the other day, and a day or two later, a building dedication ceremony.

At the graduation ceremony, I elected to go digital ALL THE WAY for the first time. I shot maybe 15 film images of the most important shots, and 200+ digitals.

When it came time for the building dedication, I was in a quandry. The owners definitely wanted me to shoot film. I brought out my F5 and was shooting with it. I shot about 125 images on film, and maybe 30 on digital. My quandry was this...FEAR! I was afraid. How could I tell if my images were coming out okay? Was the film advancing properly? Was the flash powerful enough for that group shot? Could I still change film fast enough not to miss the important shots? Fear was upon me. What happened to the 30 years of experience in crafting images? Why am I afraid? Sigh!

My D100 is comforting. I can see the image. I can see the flash range. No film is advancing to worry about. I can shoot 107 RAW images on my Microdrive before I have to change "film." In an emergency, I can switch to JPEG mode and get hundreds more images. I can show the little images to the client from time-to-time. I can tell when I have the look I want. I can immediately destroy the bad ones to save space. I can dial in different ISO speeds at will. I can experiment with different styles of lighting and get immediate feedback. Shooting in RAW mode makes an image that has a 3-stop range (RAW CCD data), so that I can make all sorts of changes in Photoshop. No scanning! I can do a slide show on my laptop almost immediately.

My world has changed! I feel perfectly comfortable using film for scenics and images where I can take some time. But, for action photos and irreplaceable images I will use digital primarily, and only backup with film. The digital quality is high enough. The cost is more reasonable. My F5 has become a backup camera. Imagine that!

http://www.bigmerchant.com/nikonians/SpidyKid.jpg

http://www.bigmerchant.com/nikonians/CuteyTwin.jpg

http://www.bigmerchant.com/nikonians/Grads1.jpg

FYI: The image below was shot at 1250 ISO so that I could get the whole audience. I used a single SB-80DX flash to light up the entire building. All other shots were at 200 ISO.
http://www.bigmerchant.com/nikonians/WholeGroup.jpg

http://www.bigmerchant.com/nikonians/NSSGroup.jpg


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