It`s becoming easier...?
Posted 19 November 2005 - 08:19 PM
Posted 19 November 2005 - 09:24 PM
in terms of making things "worse", you're seeing a lot of people playing around with the limitations of the medium with awesome results. take harris savides' work on "birth", malik sayeed's work on "clockers", rodrigo prieto's work on "21 grams", and paul cameron's work on "man on fire" just to name a few. here are all examples of people playing around with pushing, cross-processing, severe underexposure, hand-cranking - using simple tools to do things outside of standard beauty lighting (although this can mean a number of things as well) and more conventional cinematography. there have always been pioneers in terms of breaking away from conventional, technically "proficient" cinematography, and it took people like raoul coutard, vittorio storaro, and gordon willis just to name a few to break free from the conventions of their time. "worse" is a really subjective term, i'd say it's always hard to find the "approproate" look. 5218 is great in a lot of ways in that you can potentially work with less light, but you still need the right light no matter how you rate something. it's getting easier i'd say for beginners working with film to simply get exposure and to get something in focus, but i don't think these advents necessarily have anything to do with the overall quality of your work. they're just tools that allow you to express yourself in different ways, but it all has to come from within you i think, whether it's for "better" or "worse".
Posted 20 November 2005 - 06:59 AM
Posted 20 November 2005 - 11:23 AM
When your goal is to create truly exceptional images, to push yourself as an artist (and that doesn't mean necessarily pushing an emulsion to the point where it breaks down), I think you'll find that it is STILL hard to create great work even with modern emulsions helping you. In other words, you need to raise your standards and expectations.
If it's too easy to get your desired results, then desire more...
But also, don't confuse the difficultly of the process with its artistic value. Sometimes you can create a great, artistic image in available light with hardly any effort, while other times you can struggle, with great time & effort, to achieve something just barely acceptable. So if a great shot occasionally comes easily to you, just enjoy the moment because it won't last.
Edited by David Mullen, 20 November 2005 - 11:27 AM.
Posted 20 November 2005 - 06:05 PM