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    • I never thought of the future generation not actually caring about 'real life' photo albums. That would be sadder than not having the printed photos at all. Nostalgia is a funny thing, my parents still hoard all our old videotapes and refuse to part ways with them even though they don't have a VCR player anymore.

      I think you're right re creating mediocre photographers, but there's that bittersweetness again; everyone with a smartphone can tell visual stories now, but should that come at the expense of die-hard photographers who've spent years learning their craft?

      Ah Leica, I had the Q for a while, the 'pretend' Leica haha. I'm fully mirrorless now and shoot with a Fuji X Pro 2, probably because the camera feels like a good ol' rangefinder.

      (Super cute photo of your son too :-D)

    • Thanks, Chris. Sarah Beth got me onboard. I love the concept of being able to follow stories I care about.

      Say no more, Hasselblad and medium format = the perfect pairing. It's conversations like these that make me wish we we could time travel; experience the best of both worlds.

      I definitely recommend an Instax, it's such a great offline sharing tool. :-)

      Also, great photo of your parents. What a handsome pair.

    • Wait,
      Lauren...
      Did I just read you used to have a the Q? Did you get rid of it? I think your approach to cameras is so interesting as it's so different than what I do. I tend to stick with the same camera for years until I can afford another one. It's interesting to see you exchange through cameras. I'm thinking that helps one really get comfortable with any camera usage (as this is something I struggle with.) I'm all in with Canon and have been since I was 12, even though I occasionally use Nikon. I'm curious if you feel there's any camera you wouldn't be comfortable shooting with.

    • I love that you can really see the family resemblance in this picture. I really see you in both of them, Chris. That's something that fascinates me so much about not only genetics, but the importance of photography to our family history- and history as a whole.

    • Haha, you read correctly. I got rid of it last month. I felt it was just gathering dust since 28mm isn't what I typically use. It was my sole camera on my trip to Paris at the end of 2016, and worked a treat. But I found it somewhat redundant for my style of landscapes in Scotland, and since that's mainly what I shoot nowadays, I decided to cash-in.

      I switch up my digital cameras a lot, but I still have every film camera I've ever owned--isn't that weird? I guess it shows where my love lies.

      Hmm, a camera is a tool, right? So if I only had one option available I'd be fairly comfortable to take a photo. Once you know where the shutter dial, aperture dial, and ISO dial is, you're good to go, right? The rest is gimmick. But I have been shooting mirrorless for 4 years now and I can probably bet my last buck that I will never choose to buy a DSLR again. Do you have a preference to Canon? I used to shoot Nikon and had a brief spell with Canon. I always felt the colours were warmer with Nikon and a bit more green with Canon. Maybe that's changed since then.

    • My father was a film camera collector as well, Lauren! I believe there are a good 20 film cameras sitting on my mother's mantel in Southern California as we write. It was he who actually gave me my first camera to shoot with, which was the Canon A-1 when I was 12 years old. I was in college at the time, using it to develop my own film. Once he could tell I was really serious about photography, he handed over his Canon 20D about a year later. I used it for years, (mostly because I was 13 and couldn't buy my own-anything.) I think I just got comfortable in Canon and have stuck with it since. I am not opposed to any other brand and I absolutely love trying new stuff out, but I think it's merely habitual at this point, 14 years later.

    • everyone with a smartphone can tell visual stories now

      That is certainly a benefit, but I feel like it's so easy that most people are just telling visual stories about the food on their plate rather than truly being present with their company and surroundings.

      Ah Leica, I had the Q for a while, the 'pretend' Leica haha.

      I think the Q is a fantastic camera! It is by no means a pretend Leica. It's the real deal! 😀

      The Fuji X series is great. I had an X100f for a while and it certainly gave me a similar feeling to what it's like shooting with a Leica.

    • I truly love this woman. What a kind, talented human being, Schmoo is. I was lucky enough to meet up with Schmoo and her husband, Travis when I was in Berlin earlier this year. They gave me a little tour and informed me of some of the street photo laws in Germany. They are apparently far different than in America.

      It's illegal to photograph anyone on the street without permission. The only thing that makes it legal is if it's a group of 6 more where there isn't one subject particularly in focus. It was interesting to hear of that cultural difference.

    • More often than not I hear that our generation got into photography because of our parents. That’s such a sweet story and what a great memory of your first camera. My Dad was the guy behind my love for photography too. Looks like we have some cool Dads 😀.

    • Man, so much truth. I am guilty of this at times....
      There was an article that went out about a year ago surrounding how restaurant turn around times have doubled now that everyone takes pictures of their food. DOUBLED I think that's mind boggling that we've just forgotten how to be here and now with the people we care about. I've tried to make a conscious effort to be better about this after reading that.

    • Good read, and something that has been keeping me busy as well. For me film photography is now more important than before, although I mainly shoot digital.

      Shooting analog is to me a way out of this fast paced life for me; I work in a sometimes physically and mentally demanding environment, the information we get through the internet are amounts I can not keep up with and I need a way to deal with it all. I shoot analog when I can. I have been shooting 35mm for a while and I recently received a Hasselblad from a dear friend that I am now using . The simplicity is awesome and it helps me find my 'slow life' or whatever you want to call it. It helps me cope with life I guess.

      All the negatives from my first camera when I was a little boy till now I still have in binders and I could never get rid of them. Same with prints of old images. We have tons of family photos dating back to mid 19th century. The tangibility of those negatives and photos is something that can not be compared to anything we have now, and I hope someday my son can appreciate that feeling as well.

      (I also shoot film as sort of a personal way to rebel agains the "instant gratification" way of thinking; everything must happen "now", what happened to having a little patience and appreciating & enjoying it even more when you do get the photos?)

      Is film best? I don't think you can say that as it is apples and oranges to me, but for me it is definitely important.


      My wife, shooting with my grandfather's (film) camera (shot on film):