The Good Old Days, or Maybe Just The Old Days.
I have been a professional photographer for a lot of years now. Recently, in cleaning out a storage room in our studio, I found some of my older work.
I am glad that I came up in this profession prior to digital. When you had to shoot something complicated, you had to shoot it onto a piece of film. Not several pieces and have the cute girl in the back office put them together in her computer in a hour or so. One piece of film.
Sometimes we had to rely on the skills of another artist to finish the job. A case in point: these pigs:
Other times the effect was made by using a filter on the camera and actually moving the back of the 4x5 camera during a long exposure:
So the question has to be asked: Would I ever throw away my digital cameras and go back to film? The answer of course is no. I was one of the very first studios in San Diego to 'go digital' and have never looked back. But I am glad that I learned how to think through a shot and figure out how to do it with whatever means were needed. I still try to do that with complicated shots in digital. Then the cute girl in the back office makes me look really good.
Actually there isn't a 'cute' girl in the back office at Atkinson Studios. There is an attractive mother of two and Jack. And Jack is not 'cute'.