We took a group of students to Gloucester on monday for a location shoot. We saw a photographer taking some portrait shots on a 5×4, a camera I hadn’t used for many years. I went over to have a chat. He said he liked film and large format for personal work as it had qualities that digital didn’t match and was most positive about the magic of darkroom work. It was refreshing to see that some photographers still use film and also lug around that sort of kit. I promised my students I would explain the differences back in class. I took some of them to the Linhof stand at focus on Wednesday to have a look at the cameras available and explained how these are used..

I love working digitally, the journey can really start in post-production. But I do miss my darkroom. Maybe time to dig out the enlarger.