Digital vs Film
So how do I feel about the Film vs. Digital debate. Well, my training was mainly geared towards photojournalism so for me, the advantages of digital photography far outweigh the advantages of film. Here are the reasons why I prefer digital photography:
- Instant Feedback–The BIGGEST advantage of digital photography is as soon as I take a photo, I can see it and make whatever adjustments I need to make from there. This brings me to the second point…
- Memory cards–No longer do i have to buy film or worrying about wasting a frame. I can take a shot, look at it right away and decide if I want to keep it; I usually keep all my shots until I see them on the computer screen, but with digital photography I do not have to hold back. Too dark? Delete it and try again. Too light? Delete it and try again. Messed up the crop? Delete it and try again. With digital photography you can shoot an unlimited amount of shots (assuming you delete some and dump some on your computer) and only keep the ones you like.
- Speed matters–Especially for a photojournalist, speed is very important. With digital photography I can take a shot, upload it my computer, edit in a digital darkroom (like Photoshop), and send it to my employer or buyer in less time then it would to just process a whole roll of film. To be honest, digital photography is about 378323 times faster than film (yes it is really that much faster).
- More room for error–Let’s face it, nobody is perfect, but with digital photography it is easier to get a correctly exposed shot than it is with film and especially slide film where margin for error is very small.
- The quality and color isn’t that far off from film–OK, yes film is better in quality and color but honestly, digital photography is catching up; however, if I ever have to make really large prints or if doing an art project where quality is the most important thing, then film is the way to go.
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