With the advent of the digital age, a debate has sprung up among photographers: What is better, film or digital? While both un…
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With the advent of the digital age, a debate has sprung up among photographers: What is better, film or digital? While both undoubtedly have their own merits, we shall be making the argument for the former. After all, film photographer has been around for more than a century and, despite endless pronouncements stating otherwise, it is an art form that is alive and well in the 21st century.
First, let us address the elephant in the room. As you probably know, film photography does not offer an infinite number of shots. Instead, photographers will need to work with a limited number of shots for every roll of film. We make the case that this is actually an advantage for film photography as it makes everything more deliberate. Instead of taking hundreds of pictures and hoping one of them would come out great, you have to think more about the composition of the image before clicking.
Capturing great images is also made easier with film as they often have greater resolution compared to digital cameras. Its greater dynamic range also makes black and white images crisp and detailed.
Unless you are completely out of touch with the latest trends in photography, you may have noticed that a growing number of shutterbugs have started putting down their digital cameras and their smartphones. Professional and amateur photographers alike are now joining the ranks of the old holdouts who never stopped using film.
This is particularly interesting especially when you compare it with the resurgence of other analog technology like vinyl and typewriters. Of course, you can simply chalk it up to nostalgia, but we highly doubt if everything is that simple. This is because the film has an undeniable appeal to it. The fact that it continues to endure speaks volumes with regard to its authenticity.
Of course, digital photography is still in its infancy and its quirks are still being worked out though there is no denying its potential. Meanwhile, the art of film photography has been around for more than a century. This latest trend just goes to show that film photography is alive and well. Of course, film photography never died, contrary to what you may have been told otherwise.