Digital Vs. Film
Their seams to be a battle between film and digital users, which is very understandable as we are comparing two different media to each other. As I use both medias, I find Digital brilliant with today’s clients wanting fast images and to be able to see instant results on a screen, so clients can scrutinize and rectify the image while being on a photo shoot or within minutes via email. Being schooled in Digital I have fallen in love with film and if I’m not under pressure or in my own time see a beautiful image I will put down the digital camera and take out the film as it has pure magic to it.
Totally understand today’s photographers who work with the modern clients expectations and want the comfort in know they have secured the image with less work and expense… It is important to understand that we can’t judged Film or Digital as being better than the other, despite the passionate opinions of photographers all over the world. The two medias are simply different; one media might be more suitable for the task in hand then the other, through expertise level, working style and the desired result. Knowing the basic differences between the two types of media and cameras can help photographers decide what to use to produce their perfect desired image. Now there is obvious difference between the two in cost, film is going to have continues cost in developing and buying new film rolls however Digital cameras and sensors change yearly, memory cards, image editing software etc… needs to be up to date and may come in at an even a higher cost being a photographer.
Kodak claims that film is very much alive in a recent new European survey of 3000 professional photographers and according to Kodak ‘the future looks rosy’, so don’t believe the hype. Film is alive and well and its future is assured, with Kodak committed to supporting analogue. Professional photographers right across Europe are still pledging their allegiance to film, with over two thirds of photographers questioned confirming their intention to continue using film in the future, It seems that while digital unquestionably offers many benefits to the pro photographer, there will always be images best captured on film. The survey revealed a number of startling facts – here are a few highlights…
- 55% prefer the results that film capture provides over digital
- 19% use film cameras for over 60% of there work
- 53% prefer film’s ability to capture incredible detail
- 46% prefer its ability to create a traditional photographic look
- 43% prefer its ability to capture shadow
- 80% produce black & white images and to capture these…
- 45% prefer to use film
Professional Photographers generally answered when asked; What does film give that digital doesn’t? Depth, quality, feel, personality, latitude, immutability, longevity, security…Why? Because with film comes choice – different colour balances, more depth to shadow detail, a better rendering of highlights, for more malleability, larger exhibition prints than A3, a three-dimensional quality and infinitely more pixels when scanned than any digital file, and film endures. A negative is an immutable, tangible master that can always be ‘read’ and time has shown us that, when handled correctly, it can last over hundreds of year…
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