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  1. Patrick
    September 29, 2023 @ 12:43 pm

    A yellowish green color cast does not by itself constitute a “film vibe”. It just looks like “disposable camera that’s been left in the glovebox in the summer” vibe. The film look was always to me nice contrast and more latitude in the highlights than shadows. Colors can be perfectly balanced with film. Can’t we all just admit though, that neither medium looks like the other?


    • Fabrizio
      January 14, 2024 @ 5:04 pm

      Patrick, thank you to comment my article.
      I definitely agree with you when you say that neither medium looks like the other.
      I also accept your defiance about the green color cast and the definitions you gave to it. Luckily in this world we still can have different opinions and different way to see things; and this is definitely what photography should be. It is personal art, personal taste, personal vision.
      I didn’t write this article to say that we can faithfully replicate a film picture. But if you shoot film, you have to admit that every pictures are processed and edited anyway. My point in this article is that we can use jpg custom profiles in camera to match our vibe/vision or ambient situation and maybe passing less time in front of our computer editing. There are a lot of ways nowadays to still shoot digital and trying to have a more “film experience”, not only custom profiles or greenish color editing. But we are all different, with different possibilities and different vision.
      That’s my passion, that’s the reason why I opened to different point of view. But I have mine.


  2. Andrew Shippin
    January 24, 2024 @ 1:06 pm

    With no disrespect or disparagement intended with my comments… As an old film shooter I have to agree with Patrick. There is nothing nostalgic about those images, to me they look like badly stored, or processed film. Rather to me the film look versus digital depends upon the “flavor” film you used. For example just discussing C41 print film (E6 and B&W are another pair of conversations) the look of a correctly exposed image shot on say AGFA Ultra 50 could not be compared with Kodak Royal Gold 25. Just as Fuji Superior 100 looked quite a bit different from say Konica 100 VX. Then there is the chemistry the films are processed in which can also dramatically alter the look. So this begs the simple, but infinitely complex question; “what is the look of film?” There are 100 if not a 1000 answers to that one. The most terrifying part of that question is how subjective it is. Now to flip the argument what is “the look of digital”?


  3. Fabrizio
    January 25, 2024 @ 3:46 pm

    Well.. the good part Andrew, is that I agree with you and I wrote different times that I don’t think (as digital shooters) we should try to replicate a film look. I expressly wrote that there is not a specific film look. So, my point here, is different. I am not encouraging people to replicate film looks. I am not encouraging people to get a greenish look and say that is the closest to film we can get.
    I multiple times said the opposite: don’t try to replicate a film look, but get inspirations about something that appeal you and build your “personal taste” digital film profile.
    Thinking that an edit or a particular look/style should get a “nostalgic film” feelings to SOMEONE ELSE, is completely wrong. Photography is personal, and I believe whatever feelings/emotions/nostalgic we are trying to “achieve” it remain personal.
    The last thing I would like to say is that, if you write something, you are “potentially” referring to a large variety of people, abilities, experiences etc… so, of course, not everything is applicable to everyone.


  4. Simon Pepper
    February 17, 2024 @ 5:21 am

    Well Fabrizio, I think your work is inspiring, beautiful and skilful, I hope that one day I can achieve amazing images like these. Thank you for sharing them, Simon from Nottingham, England.


    • Fabrizio Grillo
      February 18, 2024 @ 4:07 am

      Simon, thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment and support. Nothing that you or anyone else cannot achieve, but Thanks. Feel free to follow me on instagram or write me for any question or help needed!


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