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Old 01-08-2011, 12:11 AM   #48
JimThias
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Originally Posted by lock4244 View Post
Those here that only know digital will never know what it was like to shoot Kodachrome, and, IMO, what it was like to truly make a photograph. Digital opens some many possibilities, but it takes away a key element... knowing the film and how to use it. That view screen on the back of the camera takes away alot of the skill. If you shot Kodachrome, you know exactly what I mean by that.
I couldn't grasp the concept of manual settings and how aperture, shutter and ISO settings related to each other. Loving photography, I tried, I really did...my thick skull just couldn't process the info. The frustration caused me to be turned off to using a 35mm camera. It wasn't until I got a DSLR and saw instant results on the camera's screen that I finally start to grasp the concept. In two weeks, I learned and understood more about shooting manual than the previous 20+ years that I tried to learn it. So now I have a skill with photography that I never had using film.

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Originally Posted by cblaz View Post
Exactly. That's why I railed for so long against those that always touted RAW as a way to save your shots if you messed up the settings. With digital, there's no excuse for messing up the settings unless you don't know what you're doing. Shooting Kodachrome for a few years taught me more about cameras than digital ever could have. There were no test shots, no checking the histogram on the back of the camera; you had to know your settings and get it right the first time.

- Chris
Unfortunately, a camera's sensor can't duplicate the range of light that a human eye sees, so even if the image is properly exposed and you "got it right the first time," there is always going to be something you can tweak in a photograph to make it truer to how we actually see it.

You say you had to "know your settings." How did you learn those settings? How is learning those settings by using the histogram any different from being taught by someone or reading it in a book? The only difference is how you learn it, but the end result is all the same.
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