Freeman Transport: Cyril Muller and the Hasselblad XPan Nov 19, 2010

The more and more I shoot photos, the geek in me takes over and videos like this inspire me to shoot more film. What an awesome find from the Freeman Transport blog.

  • Matt Lingo

    I really think he’s got the wrong outlook on why you might choose film over digital, sounds like he’s sabotaging his own work more then anything by picking up that film camera. Maybe if he hadn’t focused on talking so much about the post production of it so much more then actual act of shooting I could see where he’s coming from, but I really don’t find anything more “honest” about working with one over the other.

  • He has a point though; anyone can take sharply focused, properly exposed shots with digital, but with film its much more involving. You have to have a deep level of knowledge just to get an image out, let alone have artistic value. Anyone can ride a bike, but it takes skill just to ride around the block brakeless, let alone dart through traffic – ultimately it forces you to be a better rider/photographer.

  • LG

    If you’re interested, there are more ‘big picture’ edits here…
    Behind the scenes with more of the photogs from Burton Snowboards.

  • Matt Lingo

    @steve I believe that’s the biggest misconception out there about film and digital, that you don’t need to make sharp, well exposed pictures. Raw settings leave halos and blow out highlights when you’re correcting tones, and pushing or pulling the exposure in the raw file functions the same way as printing on traditional dark room materials. A blurry picture can’t be saved by smart sharpen or unsharp mask, leaving you just as many options when it comes to correcting errors with film and light sensitive paper.

    any need for a “deep knowledge” of photography you’ll need comes from how you think and feel about your chosen subject matter, not from technical expertise.

  • at the end of the day, it’s all just preference. if you’ve always shot digi or film, you can always learn something new from trying out the other. most important thing is being able to imagine the shot, and using the technical knowledge to capturing it the way you want.