Digital, a learning medium

As you know for some time now the discussion on digital vs. film in my head has been a bit of a pain. Since the last time I wrote about this topic I've been shooting more on my x100/x100s and less on my Leica, and in color too. What? How come?

In the beginning of this year I was shooting a lot to get some photos for a photo discussion at Ola Billmont's place. The idea was to show 5 of your best photos in the last 6 months. All the photographers who got invited got this task and we would have a review or discussion of all the photos. At the end we would swap a print of the photographer's best photo. Anyway.. at this time I took a quite nice photograph. The "problem" was that the photo was just soo much better in color! For once I actually wanted the photo in color. For those who don't know, I shoot exclusively in black and white. This, together with an interview on Dimitris Makrygiannakis by Eric Kim, really got me to consider shooting color. 

Also the interview really helped me to try to shoot more digital. Not because Dimitris does it, but because of some thoughts about the process of learning I had. Dimitris says that he would go out and shoot for about 8h a day when he was in India. Then he would go back to his place and download all the photos onto his computer. He then went trough all his photos and analysed them. "What worked? Why did it work? What should I do different?" and so on. At my speed of analog photography, the process time of this is far too long. Dimitris compares the passionate photographer who shoots on his spare time, when he or she is not working, and the one who shoots 8h a day for several months. It would take the spare time photographer years to get to the same level of the same daily photographer.

So what I'm saying is that shooting digital with a good amount of analysis and self critique the development of one's understanding and photography technique would improve much faster. This is all theoretical, but it is something to think about..

Thanks for reading.