To the uninitiated, SOOC means “straight out of camera.” Or more simply, a regular picture that hasn’t been retouched or manipulated.

This may seem ridiculous to find out that photographers using digital tools, spend way more time fiddling with the finished product than they do taking the picture.

I’m as guilty as anyone.

In the days of film, a photographer would choose a film stock based on a “look” that would be rendered.

Today, a “raw” file can be processed to mimic any look of any film stock that ever existed. The only problem in this scenario is the paradox of choice.

This year I’m trying something new. It’s a reversion to the old ways in which I use a camera with a fixed focal length and a single film simulation.

Today was my first session with this rig.

I don’t know if it was the Florida sunshine or the personality of the subject. All I know is that it was a thrill to see the result after pushing the button and knowing that the work is complete.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.