The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Fading Film

I don’t know if most folks realize but film is fading very fast. If you’re around a big city, a pro photographer might buy film and having it processed is still viable, but what about the consumer on the outskirts. They really are the largest part of the market. What do they do when they want prints from negatives that really aren’t that old.  A friend asked me about getting some from 110 film – a consumer product. I assume that a google search would probably provide some answers but they wouldn’t be local. The friend is also a close friend so I considered it my job to get it done for him. My initial thought – I have a Nikon scanner – I can rig up something to do the trick. No, I couldn’t. It was time for another solution. One that some pros do practice for scanning – direct photography. I don’t have some of the specific items needed, but a tripod, closeup lens, careful setup and the job gets done. I photographed the negatives with my Canon 5D, in RAW, digitally processed and had prints made. Is this what it’s come to? For the consumer, I mean, that he/she can no longer make a quick trip down to the photo/drug/food store with negatives in hand for some quickie prints? No one is looking for artistic museum quality images just some prints of Uncle Bob kissing the dog. Now if my friend had used 35mm film instead, he could still easily go to Costco (and maybe Walmart, I don’t know because I haven’t checked) and get the prints, but for how much longer.

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