1. I think discussions like this can get all tangled up in semantics. I don't think anything other than experience and exposure to life can make someone more creative if we are talking about what happens in someone's brain, left side or right.
2. However, for me digital photography helped me improve by leaps and bounds over film. This was mostly due to compression of the learning cycle. You learn from your mistakes almost immediately. So for me, technology nurtured mt creativity.
3. Further, I see no value in the film vs digital discussion. They are both still here. I've got a roll of Ilford Pan F that I will probably process tonight. Technology has to do with the tools. That's all.
Excuse the intrusion of numbers above, but it simplifies life for me.
1. You're right; and added to what you've stated, I'd say that there is a personal, built-in inclination towards this side of life or there is not. And you can't fake it, though you might be tempted because the idea is appealing, as with most "sexy" things in life.
2. Any creativity I felt that I
had was encouraged by magazines, not by personal experimentation. As I've recounted before, I was glo-plugged into life by finding an aunt's cache of Vogue
and Harper's Bazaar
magazines before I had a camera worthy of the name. After that it was Popular Photography Annual
and its sister Color Photography Annual
; along with a rash of books built around images from the Globe picture agency, my fate was sealed! As was the fate of the kiosk in Glasgow's Central Station, the only place I could haunt each year to find those American publications! Thank you, USA!
Truth to tell, I wanted to be a fashion photographer from the start, and I can't remember a moment in life when it crossed my mind that I might not be able to do it. In digital work, I discovered that chimping was a huge mistake (at least in Nikonland) because all it did was make me uncertain with all those blinking bits of snap. I came to the conclusion that Matrix was so clever that I could simply shoot on auto ISO and apart from the obvious case of shooting something indoors against a summer's day window, there was nothing to be done but frame and expose.
Hearing of how sessions are conducted today, I'm glad I'm out: I hate to chimp; how much worse must it be having a dozen voices behind one, gazing into a monitor and second-guessing everything the girl and the snapper do! Stuff that for enjoying one's life!
3. But enjoy your Pan F: far too slow for hand-holding old me! I have a freezer still replete with transparency film, including, yes, Kodachrome which will one day be donated by my great, great, grandkids to some museum on Mars. I even have some 120 Velvia but no longer any camera to fit it...
Though I love film, it having been my life, I have to admit that today, digital is the reason I can still play at photography. I simply wouldn't spend money on it anymore. In the end, once you know you can do something, there's little point in raiding the bank to prove it to yourself over and over again. However, if you can do so for no further outlay than time, go for it, is my feeling on the matter. So that's where I am with it today. And emotionally, it keeps me right on truckin'.