Different photographic mediums

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  1. monkeykoder

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    As far as I'm concerned film and digital both have their places my question is what do you shoot (film digital MF LF other) how do you print (inkjet silver halide alternative process) and why?
     
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    Digital, Local photo lab (fuji), convenience and quality.
    Black and white 35mm, local kitchen, experience and nerd status.
     
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    Film, 35mm, Drug store lab(fuji) prints


    Why....Because I can.
     
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    For 10 years I shot mostly BW 120 and 4x5. I did my own BW processing and printing (silver gelatin FB), and dropped the occasional roll of C41 or E6 off at the lab. I hated giving up control of the processing though, so unless I was getting paid to shoot color I rarely used it.

    I reluctantly bought my first DSLR 3 or 4 years ago intending only to use digital for client work, but it quickly won me over. Now I'm shooting all digital, and exploring color photography as well as BW. I process in Photoshop CS2, and have the files printed as C prints. The labs I use offer traditional silver gelatin paper for BW prints, but I like to add a hint of tone to my BW photos, so I usually go with the C print even for BW. I plan on exploring ink jet printing in the future.

    I love shooting, but I need to have control over the processing and printing too to keep photography interesting. I enjoyed using old cameras and working in the traditional darkroom, but the new ways and tools turned out to be fun too, and now I can do color! I used the zone system with film, but the processing control and precision possible in Photoshop is just amazing. I love being able to calibrate my computer to the lab's printers, do all the processing and print tweaking at home, and then just ask for an uncorrected print.

    Recently I've become interested in some of the alternative printing processes that I could use contact printing large negs from digital files, but I'm still just reading....
     
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    i use a wide variety of formats from film to digital. I also print my own inkjet prints and do all my own traditional darkroom printing including a wide variety of alternative processes.

    the image dictates which type of format and process used. i do have a few that i have made in a wide variety of print types. Inkjet, silver or pt/pd. Again, it depends on my vision at the time of the exposure or in the middle of the night when something out of the blue speaks to me :)

    we certainly have many options to choose from these days.
     
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    For most of my photography I use digital, and get prints done at a local lab which uses fuji printers. But for street photography I pretty much exclusivly use 120 B&W film, (Tri-X 400) which I develop in my bathroom, I usualy just scan the negatives and get my prints at the same lab as my digital photos, but if I have a great shot I will take the negative in to a lab for a real black and white print.

    Main reason for using the local lab for most of my prints is because of their consistancy and pricing, they are slighly more expensive than walmart/costco but always produce excelent results and will have my images ready by the next day.
     
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    Digital
    Film
    Photosensitive Silk Screen
    Emulsion coated surfaces (plates, cups, etc.)
    Projection Walls,
    Projection onto aerosolized dihydrogen-oxide
    CRT
    LCD
    Inkjet
    Color laser
    dot matrix
    T-Shirt transfers
    Ummm...
     
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    I’m both digital (75-80%) and film 35mm & MF, I do my own B&W and color goes to a local mini or pro lab, I scan my own film and have it printed locally at the same labs on color paper or upload it to mpix or adorama for printing on either color or B&W paper
     
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    I probably shoot 90% digital but I have yet to have a keeper that I've shot with my D50 so no printing there. During my first B&W class I probably had more keepers than I actually printed (standard darkroom) Next step I keep developing my own film in a home darkroom and either get an enlarger or a large format camera, continue shooting digital for it's own sake and for the sake of keeping track of where I want to shoot next.
     
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    That sounds interesting, where did you find it?

    As for me, I'm 100% digital right now but have recently bought a pair of Zeiss folders and will be getting into 120 B&W -I'll probably drag out the Yashica Mat as well. I'm really looking forward to developing with coffee. (or at least attempting to ;))
     
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    There are a number of folks writing articles and books about creating large negs from digital. Once you have the neg any process that uses contact printing is possible.

    http://www.ppmag.com/web-exclusives/2007/07/making-digital-negatives.html
    http://www.danburkholder.com/
    http://www.digital-negatives.com/
    http://www.hybridphoto.com/forums/home.php
    http://www.alternativephotography.com/
    http://unblinkingeye.com/
     
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    35 mm film.
    it's a beautiful thing.
     

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