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film photograph

A photograph that is produced using film AND without the photograph having been composed of pixels at any stage of the process.

If a film photograph is converted to pixels at any stage of its creation and development, for the purposes of this website it is considered a digital photograph.

Why does any digital stage make a film photograph “digital”?

Because if a film photograph is converted to digital during even just one stage of the process, it is at that time able to undergo most or all of the same changes that any digital photograph can undergo (e.g., cloning, barrel- and pincushion-distortion correction, resizing/reshaping things within the photograph, adding things, moving things, deleting things by means other than cropping, etc.).

Since “digital” allows a far wider range of undetectable changes than “film” does, there are many cases in which viewers may be curious about whether a “film-based photograph” they encounter was “digital” at any stage of its production — even if it was film-based or “analog”-based both before and after that digital stage.

But don’t all film photographs have to be digitized to show them on the web?

Yes, “digital” representations obviously are required whenever “a film photograph” is to be depicted online.

For example, if a photographer wishes to sell “film-based” prints — photographs that were not “digitized” at any point — and wants to show online buyers what the prints look like, a “digital” representation of the prints will have to be put online.

However, those online digital depictions do not change the fact that the photographer is selling a “film photograph.”

Unless the buyer is purchasing the online depiction, if the photographic print that is actually for sale has not been digitized at some stage of the process, it is not inaccurate to say that the photographer is selling “film” photographs/prints.