Hashtag #organicphoto

"Giants Fans" - Contax 139Q, Zeiss 50mm + 2X Mutar on Kodak 400. Image by Derrick Story #organicphoto

One of the virtues of film photography is that we don't have to do anything to the image after capture if we choose not to. The film is rewound into the cassette, processed, and in my case, scanned by the lab. Yes, we could further enhance it if we wanted, or we could just enjoy the picture as it emerged right out of the camera.

For those instances, I'm going to start using the hashtag #organicphoto when I post it online. Much in the same way that I like to know if my food is unadulterated, I think if's fun to know that for our images too.

Noticed that I used the word, "fun." That was on purpose. Because just as I'll also buy a hotdog at a ballgame, I'll adjust my digital images with the variety of the wonderful tools that are available these days. In fact, most of the time I make some sort of edit.

But for those times that I don't, when it's just the picture straight from the camera, I want to tag it as such. I thought about various options, and looked around the web to see what existed. In the end, I liked #organicphoto the best.

So what are the guidelines that I'm following for this? I think adding metadata is fine, and even encouraged. So my scans are imported into Capture One Pro, and along the way my contact information is added to them. And if you shoot digital, this works too.

But, that's it. No cropping, exposure or color adjustments, and no special effects.

If you like this idea, then I encourage you to use #organicphoto as it applies to your shots.  I want to see them. There's something special about an image right out of the camera.



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