Les McLean said:Why is it that some analogue users cannot discuss digital without the ocasional comment quoted above. I'm very committed to black and white darkroom and silver prints but I also happen to feel the same about digital image making and do feel offended when I'm referred to as a "ranting radical pixelidiot" although I'm sure that John Voss is not deliberately trying to offend me or anyone else for that matter. I agree that there are people out there who are heavily involved in all the gimmicks and such that is available in their world but they enjoy it so lets not use emotive language and phrases to describe them. I've said many times both in posts and to photographers that I've encouraged to join the forum that APUG is an excellent place, full of passionate photographers with a lot of information to share and that it is the most well mannered and civil group that I've had the pleasure to associate with on the net. By all means have your say about the pros and cons of digital but please use less potentially abusive language. Thank you for reading the rant.
Les McLean said:Why is it that some analogue users cannot discuss digital without the ocasional comment quoted above. I'm very committed to black and white darkroom and silver prints but I also happen to feel the same about digital image making and do feel offended when I'm referred to as a "ranting radical pixelidiot" although I'm sure that John Voss is not deliberately trying to offend me or anyone else for that matter.... [my edit]...By all means have your say about the pros and cons of digital but please use less potentially abusive language. Thank you for reading the rant.
FrankB said:There is also a defensiveness from us in the film camp when we hear from many quarters that our hobby / livelihood is threatened and about to be replaced with something that we don't particularly want.
I've subscribed to Practical Photography for a number of years but I've just cancelled the subscription. When I started it was almost all film oriented; it's now about 75% digital, so I'm getting much less magazine for my money. (Their last two "monochrome specials" had no trad darkroom content at all and their last issue contains several pages of "The Case For Digital" with no analogue rebuttal. I can take a hint, just drop an anvil on me...)
Less than three years ago I was earning all of my living teaching and writing about black and white photography and life was getting tough due to lack of work and interest in the traditional skills. My only option wass to address digital and I did so with some trepidation and lots of uncertaint about the qualities offered by the medium so I understand your comments re the threat to our passion. Fortunately, IMO, digital is not the souless medium that many photographers claim it to be although it does not compete with the type of beauty that asilver print gives us, but, I think it gives us another dimension to work with.
I find your comments about Practical Photography interesting for when I wrote my column for them I wanted to do digital articles from time to time but was always told that they had no interest. I guess they had to start catching up with the world sometime.
FrankB said:As far as PP goes, edit...........If they didn't want your digital articles before, now might be a good time to put them forward.
Not interested Frank, I signed up with their hated opposition, What Digital Camera a part of IPC, the first articles appear in October.
Sean said:I'm in the exact same boat. Two days ago I was working on a server issue at the office until 2am , so I am not liking digital at the moment!
The thought of spending this coming weekend photoshopping images on my pc for hours?... not possible without getting severely nauseous. Photography unplugged is all I need to keep sane sometimes
Jeremy Moore said:It seems that many (not all!) of you that prefer to work in traditional photography have to work with computers--the traditional is a release from the monitor so to speak. Just curious how many of you work with computers everyday.
This is a chicken and egg argument I know Graeme but I have to pick you up on your comment there, with an experience I've had of the film vs digi debate.Graeme Hird said:If people stop antagonising the digital shooters, they won't feel forced to respond defensively/aggressively.
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