Inside this issue
Film and digital - surely we’re all over the competition now and digital has won. Hasn’t it? Well - yes for most purposes the use of film can be described as anachronistic but just as the competition between the horse and the car was over more than a century ago, people still use horses for pleasure (getting from A to B isn’t the be all and end all) but also for niche conditions where cars are impractical. Film is the same - quite often people will use film cameras because it gives them more pleasure, even given the many disadvantages. However there are also places where film can give real advantages over digital. In other words film isn’t as dead as the mainstream magazines would have you believe (a skewed arena in many ways as there is virtually zero advertising spend on film related activities).
So alongside our usual rich content we’ll be looking at why and how people are using film and just what to expect out of it. To begin with we thought we’d have a look at just what quality you can expect out of a well exposed piece of film. We’ve looked at large format previously in our Big Camera Comparison and in this issue we take a look at how medium format film stacks up against the current 36mp sensors. The resulting article was published on Petapixel and created a little fuss (to say the least). However, we’re an equal opportunity magazine and love the best that film and digital have to offer and hope we don’t have to make a choice for a long time yet.
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Funding cuts in the Arts were an inevitability due to the economic crisis - most of the arguments regarding cuts are about how far is acceptable and how far is too far. Cutting too far will inevitably erode our own arts foundations, never mind the fact that our creative output is one of our biggest exports valued at £8m per hour and our arts and culture worth nearly 1bn per year from tourist revenues . People may say “Only more
Some 20 years ago a passage in a biography of JRR Tolkien turned my life into a new direction. Back then ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ were by favourite books and I was especially intrigued by the detailed descriptions of the landscapes of Middle Earth. Naturally I wanted to know more about JRR Tolkien and what inspired him to create this fictive world in such detail. The little passage that got stuck in my mind described more
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“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” - Rumi My photography is based in the American Southwest and my motivation to explore a new location is simple curiosity. My interests in hiking, camping and backpacking and the various information resources I peruse on a daily basis keep a steady stream of luscious landscapes, descriptions and images constantly feeding more