Thanks for posting. Your photography is excellent and your tips on ScottiV are outstanding.
Thanks, Jim. Can you share with me other photo topics you’d like to see me cover for ScotteVest? Also, what ScotteVest products do you think my readers would most benefit from?
Les, I enjoyed your ScotteV tips. Question: is it still possible in this digital age to get the kind of photos you show using an old-fashioned film SLR? If not, what would you suggest as a ‘transition’ camera? I have such a comfort zone with my old Canon AE-1! Thanks for your advice.
Thanks for your comment and question. For those of you who haven’t heard, I am writing a monthly photo column for ScotteVest, an outdoor and travel clothing company (http://www.scottevest.com/company/photography.shtml). Check it out!
To answer your question, some of the finest pros and amateurs today still shoot film. In fact, many top photographers shoot in both digital and film. While I gave up film about 4 years ago, I sometimes miss it, especially the unique qualities each film brought to the table.
The challenge today is finding the right film, as more companies abandon film production or severely limit their selection. Fewer processing labs mean higher prices. But, if you are comfortable with your Canon and willing to accept the film situation, there are still some lovely color films being made by Fuji (Velvia, for example) and Kodak. Just be sure to research and select a high quality lab.
On the other hand, if you are looking to make the switch to digital, each of the major brands offers an entry-level DSLR. Or, consider the amazing new Canon G12, a highly sophisticated point-and-shoot that also handles HD video with aplomb. The specs, capabilities and results of this camera are awesome.
Hope this helped.
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