The past few years of shooting with the Leica M system has left me thinking about how the number of pictures taken, is related to the ”fun factor”. The first half of my photography life was about analogue film cameras, the second was the digital age. I estimate that for each analouge picture, there are 100 digital pictures in my archive. But – is it more fun with digital photography? Is the fun measured in how many photos you can shoot? Back in the days, photography was more of a hand craft. I developed my own films, I had a darkroom in which I watched the photos come alive on paper. I hung them to dry and after hours of work, I could be proud over just one photo. That has changed dramaticly. Gone are the days of darkrooms and chemichals (you can of course still do it, but not many do…). Now we use computers instead, and can do sooo much more than we could do before – and so much easier.
I still have some film cameras, that I use from time to time. I send the film away for development, and then I scan the negative. The thing is that I (and many others) find shooting with film much more inspiring. I have to think much more before every shot – not just fire off at everything I see. The problem is that I have got used to the digital fast result. I hate to wait for weeks to see the picture. I want to see it, edit it, write something about it or maybe publish it, while I still got the feeling from the actual shot in my mind.
I once read a book from a Swedish authour and journalist – Herman Lindqvist. He wrote that he never read the books he wrote, as they are done. When the book is done – I move on to the next. As a ”part-time” photographer I often feel that way if I have shot to many pictures. If I have too many pictures, the time editing them takes too long. Often most of the pictures stay unedited and just gets stuffed away on the hard drive and then I never look at them again. That’s no fun – it just makes me think about why I take photos. What’s the point? The last few years I have tried to go out and shoot more often – I almost always have a camera with me – but take less pictures. This is when the Leica shines – it almost screams; ”HEY – SLOW DOWN ”. The way you handle a Leica is as close to the analouge photography you can get, and still shoot digital.
Somtimes I shoot a lot of frames – for example at a football game – but as I import the pictures in to Lightroom I throw away 90% of them. This is when I use my Fujifilm cameras. They kind of invite the user to shoot a lot of pictures. The new Fujifilm X-PRO 3 was announced the other day by Fujifilm. It has a ”hidden” back screen, that folds out in a wierd way – which I think is a great thing. As I see it, this is a way of adapting the camera to the ”slow way” of shooting. Thats a brave thing to do in 2019, by a camera company. It would be even cooler if they had skipped the back screen – like the Leica M10D. I suppose you could just glue the screen to the camera, so it wont fold out…but I suppose thats a stupid way to go. The thing about the X-PRO is that it still have all the features that invite you to shoot many pictures. If you read my last post about the Leica Q, you will know what I mean. This is why I will probably not buy a X-PRO 3. It will not suit my philosophy – ”more photography, less photos”.