The photograph was built on film. True, it started on the glass plates, but most of his life was in the movie. Whether on a plate, a roll, a sheet or something else, the film was shot in the late 1800s and was developed in domestic use by Thomas Edison and George Eastman Kodak fame. The film photography defined for decades and as such, there were literally hundreds of movie brands, types, speeds, changes the user could use. Kodak is the highest class with the number of exclusive movies they have made for their cameras. Today formats in films such as 828, 127, 620, 120, 110 and 126 are still available, and many brands, speeds and variations of 35 mm. And there are still plazas being treated!
To learn photography, really understand the movie. Anyone and remove a digital camera, put it on automatic and produce an acceptable image. Why? Because the camera and the microprocessor are what the mind should do. It determines exposure, light, ambient light, f-stop and shutter speed and color gamut. But put a Pentax K1000 in the hands of the same user and you will get a new perspective on how they may not be familiar with photography. Digital has made it so easy that online businesses will flood the stored photos taken and made the purchases in the photo. Designed to be an image. Yes, they are images. No, these are not actual photographs.
Photography is defined as “writing with light”. The user actually uses camera and movie to “write” the image. It is necessary to understand the operation of the cameras, the configuration of the blind, adjustments of luminosity and amplitude. Above all, the film is used. The film makes the picture. That is what the image is “written”. It is the canvas by the photographic artist. The type of sensitivity, range of colors, speed and film determines the artist’s feelings and the end result. Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of our time, mainly uses large and black format cameras using film plates and plates. The great Annie Leibovitz, almost exclusively with a 35 mm film and is now one of the first films of American photographers.
The movie is the magic of photography. The use of white as M. Adams and black, has to be very attentive to contrasts, shadows and lights. Some pictures can be absolutely terrible in black and white. But the beauty of black and white is that it allows the viewer to use their imagination for the “color” of the photo and the story tells the photographer. Ansel Adams had the ability to break a scene in one of the “zones” 11 tonal quality. I say capacity because it actually invented the system. It’s an interesting subject worthy of another article … hmmm. Anyway, the black and white film is specifically adapted to this type of work, because the “zone” system is 11 different shades of total black to white total. A digital camera today is not able to distinguish between the total black total and black adjusted correctly and exposure. If you define a digital camera to accurately expose pure black, white is gray. The opposite also is true. Exposure to black and white together and do it right takes the spirit and vision of the photographer and film is the means of choice.