Traditional film photography has never really gone away and in recent years there has been a significant resurgence of film based imaging in all film formats. This is mainly due to the authentic look of film when compared to the more clinical digital imaging. Film just has a certain 'something' that conveys a deeper emotional response and a sense of reality.
Our film copying is based on photographing negatives and transparencies rather than scanning, which gives a far superior final high-resolution image. Scanning often introduces unwanted digital artifacts into the finished image and can not be compared with photographic copying.
After many years of successfully copying and printing valuable original artwork we expanded this service to include traditional film due to the demand and of course our own preference for film photography.
When we consider easy availability and almost universal acceptance of digital imaging it seems remarkable that anyone would still be using traditional film for photography, there are valid reasons for using film.
Film has a better dynamic range than most digital sensors and it is only when moving to the very highest quality digital cameras with extremely large sensors, costing many thousands of pounds, can digital even begin to approach the resolution of a £4.50 roll of film. When compared to medium and large format film, very few digital cameras can deliver the dynamic range or tonal qualities of film.
Film has a particular 'look' that digital just can not compete with. Take Kodak Tri-X film and try replicating that classic gritty black and white image with digital. For decades some of the greatest photographers used Kodak Tri-X as their default film because nothing else delivered the superb sharp and gritty imaging that Tri-X could. The popularity of Kodak Tri-X is increasing because of its unique characteristics and forgiving nature. In black and white photography, nothing delivers coal blacks and beautiful tones like Kodak Tri-X.
And that is just one film. The rich history of film photography, means there are still millions of negatives and transparencies recording events since the beginning of photography.
The Vice President of Google (Vint Cerf) recently said that there is a very real danger of us loosing vast chunks of our recent photographic history because so much is captured on digital cameras and the images just sit on hard drives without ever being printed. He was mainly referring to the lack of photographic prints being created for every day use but it is also important to note that digital images are more prone to loss due to hard drive failure and future compatibility.
We support the increased use of film and we will continue to use film on our commercial and personal photographic projects. Film is just a lovely medium to work with and the resuls are so worthwhile.