At a time that the megapixel count on certain cameras seems terribly excessive, there are high schools in New England where you’ll find more film equipment than digital. BetaBoston reports that there are more than 40 high schools in the New England area that, by and large, purchase a great deal of analog equipment for their classrooms, and we couldn’t be happier to hear that.
The students found that film photography made them better photographers, that focusing on constructing the image, without the immediate gratification of digital, was key in their education. Learning every aspect of the process from finished roll to developed negatives and printed photos makes for better images and better photographers.
At Cambridge Rindge and Latin in Cambridge, MA, the photography courses are so popular that the wait list usually has hundreds of names, which should provide a good deal of hope that film is, in fact, not dead, that there are people who deeply value the analog process. Film photography should, ideally, be a part of every shutterbug’s education. We’re not discounting digital, but there’s a certain magic to old processes that digital has yet to mimic.