There is an ongoing explanation about digital photography and traditional photography and which of the two is better. Actually, both have strong and weak points. They are also interconnected, since new media (digital photography) starts out as traditional media. In reality, there never really should be an argument because digital photography is really just another photographic form.
To better understand each photography form, it is best what makes each one different from the other.
The Strong Points of Traditional or Film Photography
- In general context, traditional photography is easier and more convenient, especially money-wise. Equipment for film photography is less expensive. You do not need to buy a lot of paraphernalia. The basic ones that you need are affordable and easy to find. Also, you do not need power or electricity to get your film camera working.
- You do not need to keep changing or "upgrading" your cameras every six months or so. Some traditional photographers have had their cameras with them for more than five years.
- Majority of film photographers like the rich colors that show up in their photos naturally. The photos have a more distinct appearance; A good grainy look that's favored by a lot of photographers. Of course this can be done with digital photos, but only with the help of an editing program like Photoshop.
- Traditional photography works with an expansive dynamic range. Although there are now digital cameras with 35mm resolution, film cameras are still way ahead in this sector. This allows you to come up with photos that show every color and detail, not ones that turns bright images into toned down versions.
- Black and white images come out immaculately better when filmed with a traditional SLR camera. They're more detailed and striking.
- It is still better to shoot with cameras that come with a reasonably sized viewfinder. There are digital SLRs that only have LCD screens and no viewfinders. It takes the fun out of photography!
- Most digital point and shoot cameras (not the high-end digital SLRs) have a delay, which you call a "shutter lag". With film cameras, this is not an issue, so it is easy to take photos of subjects in action.
- Finally, the darkroom. Many traditional photographers swear that there is nothing quite like watching your own photos develop. The fact that you use your hands for developing your images makes the photos more personal.
- Darkroom film development provides a certain kind of thumbprint on your work; Therefore making every photo you take a unique creation. A mark of a true artist.
The Advantages of Digital Photography
- The largest advantage of using a digital camera is instant feedback. You do not need to go into the darkroom and wait for the photos to develop. Seconds after taking a shot, you'll see your photo. And if you do not like what you see, you can delete the photo and then take another shot of the same subject.
- You do not need to keep buying films. You can take photos whenever and where you want to. You also do not have to worry about ruined shots that you get to see only after the photos have been developed. As stated in the previous paragraph, you can see your photos and choose to edit or delete it right after taking the shot.
- The films used in traditional cameras allow you to take a limited number of shots, depending on what type of film you have. With digital cameras, you can take as many pictures as you want. You do not need to put in a new roll of film every time you see something that captures your photographic eye.
- Finally, because digital cameras are actually electronic images, it is easier to share your photos with friends and loved ones. All you need to do is post and / or share them to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Flickr pages. You can also attach it in your email messages. No need for you to have them scanned before sharing.
- Your digital photos are also easy to edit and enhance. Once you save them into your computer, you can crop your photos, add captions or frame them. You can also minimize blur or get rid of red eyes.
Now that each photographic form has been laid out in detail, it is easier to choose which one is best for your needs. However, it should be considered that digital photography still requires photographers to develop some skills and theories that can only be learned through traditional photography. So, in essence, you also need to know basic traditional photography in order to take really good digital camera photos.