This page is an entry in the Key.


“Film-think” is a term used to refer to perspectives that were common truisms back in the film era but no longer apply in the digital era.

Examples of “film-think” include

• “Images are undoctored if they’re straight-out-of-the-camera” (see here)

• “All that matters is how the photo looks” (see this brief and dozens of other pages on this site)

• “Combining multiple exposures means the result will look less like the scene being depicted” (see this brief)

• “The image that looks the most like the scene depicted is the most trustworthy” (see #225-229)

• “If viewers can’t detect the manipulation, it’s not a problem” (see #209)

• “If it was a manipulation or effect that could be done in the film era, then it doesn’t make a photo less trustworthy” (see #1105)

• “Photographs never lie” (see #229)