Joining the Revolution


posted on 26th of february, 2009


About a month and a half ago, I finally joined the digital photography revolution. I’ve been a film hold out, waiting for the right balance of price and quality in a DSLR. Finally, the time came to sign up for the revolution.
My weapon of choice in this revolution is a Canon EOS 450D. My version, here in Japan, is called the Canon Kiss X2. My version was the double lens kit. One is an 18~55mm, and the other is a 55~250mm, providing great versatility and decent image quality. And with my16GB SD card, I can shoot around 2000 shots at 12MP (jpg). Considerably more than on a roll of film!
As I said, I’ve been a film hold out. I’d shoot about 24~36 images on a $5 or more roll of film. Then, processing (no prints) for about $6~10. Then nearly 2 hours of scanning film, followed by another 15~20 minutes per (worthy) image in Photoshop stamping out the hairlines and dust particles from the scanning. And since last August, when I started in microstock, I had gone through my collection and “dusted off” many images to upload. Many images, good images, were rejected because of “grain” and “noise” problems, relating to the film itself and the scanning process. This labor intensive process had to come to an end.
There is certainly a transition I’m going through in adjusting to digital. I’ve used a digital point and shoot from time to time before, but still mainly used my trusty Canon AE-1 35mm film camera. I’m not only adjusting to digital, but also the new camera and its settings. My AE-1 had no auto focus. Everything was manual. I’m hoping to couple my ability in manual focus and exposure with the freedom of auto.
With film, I tried to make every shot count, which of course didn’t always work. Now, my ratio of bad shots has increased, but the ability to experiment without worrying about the cost and time, and being able to see right away what I’ve taken, has truly freed me photographically. I can already see improvement in my photography because of this freedom.
I hope to improve and upload much more. For now, above is the first shot accepted to DT taken with my new camera.

Comments (8)

Comment by Reeddaigle on March 01, 2009

Thanks ya'll. And Tomdraug, I read your comments on my other blog. You're right, a flatbed's not so great, but it's what I have to work with. And don't worry, I won't forget film. I probably will forget film for microstock, but for other purposes, such as portrait work or art projects or other assignments, I may tote the film around as well for certain uses. Perhaps I'll use the film camera more for black and white. In any case, film will remain a part of my repertoire, though not as much. I still love the aesthetic of film. It's like listening to a vinyl record. It has a natural warmth that you can only fake in digital.

Comment by Tomdraug on February 28, 2009

You have great shots from film. Do not forget them. Look at my comments to your previous post. I believe well executed and well scanned 35mm slide is on par or better than mid-range DSLR. High-end, full frame quality is great, and it matches or exceeds medium format. We will soon be there with price decline. But for now, a good scan is still fine.
(do not kill me folks:)

Comment by Mayatairy on February 28, 2009

Welcome :-)

Comment by Marilyngould on February 27, 2009

You are going to love the digital world, welcome!

Comment by Creativei on February 27, 2009

Welcome to the digital world, better late than never.

Comment by Aughty on February 27, 2009

Welcome to the 21st century. Making the switch was difficult for me also (a decade ago), I have now embraced digital with open arms. Learn all you can about digital cameras, computers and software that TO make the switch less dramatic as possible. Eventually the 35mm camera, will go to the back of the line and you will do fine. Digital ROCKS!

Comment by Digitalreflections on February 27, 2009

welcome to the world of digital.

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 27, 2009

Congrats, I was a film/slide fan as well but agree digital is the way to go. Good luck.




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