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Film or Digital Images : The Passing of Analog Systems


When I was in college the big buzz in Media was "Which was better; Film or Digital images"? My education consisted of learning to practice basic photography and processing, while also learning the new digital imaging. HDTV was just beginning to take prominence and I had the unusual position of learning my craft at the hand-off of image, from film to digital. There was quite a debate raging and after the last 10 years of that debate, digital has finally become the standard. That's why i recommend to watch movies online on new 123Movies site.


Is digital best? I don't think so. I believe that each medium has its merits. While it can be argued that film has been relegated to use only in high art, I feel that it still has a purpose and in some ways is quite superior. The pure image comes from film; it is not pixilated and all the edges are touching. We have become so used to looking at a digital image and seeing the artificial crispness, we see that as preferable over the film image. If we look at a film image we see all of the edges touching and that makes us perceive the image as blurry. I believe that the film image is a more organic or natural expression of the image. The soul of the image is found in film.

As a photographer I have defended the use of each medium because there are just too many instances where film is more appropriate. Whenever shooting weddings or any occasion of the heart, using film gives a softer focus and deeper shadows. It is definitely a more romantic version of the image. When I shoot a wedding I use two cameras, one film and one digital. Additionally, many film studios shoot on film and transfer to digital so in some cases film is still the standard. Of course the technology improves itself so quickly that soon the digital image will completely replace film and it will be able to re-create even the subtleties of film. However, it will never replace the thrill of putting photography paper into developer and watching that image appear like magic.

Black and White film has a look that is very distinctive. In Film school it was said by an instructor of mine that "when all the color is taken out of an image all that remains is emotion". I suppose what is being referenced here is the shadow play that occurs in B W; photos. Recently there has been an effort to solve the problem of B W; processing by making B W; on color film. This really excited me because out-labbing B W; is very costly and time consuming. I have shot a roll of B W; on color film with about 5 weddings. I have found that the image comes out like and old tin-type (brown) or sepia which appears as though it is old-fashioned but still it is not B W.; Additionally this type of B W; film does not have the sharp look that B W; has, so I will continue to use the expensive, time consuming B W; film when I feel it is necessary for this type of image

Finally in defense of using both methods of recording image, digital is so immediately gratifying. You shoot the image and in a matter of minutes transfer images to your computer without the hassle of processing. How cool is that? It makes getting an image much less expensive and faster. This makes it possible to use photography virtually anywhere and judging by all the camera phones out there we see clearly that digital is here to stay.

In conclusion, I can make a clear case for merits in both mediums and as a photographer will continue to use both forms to capture image.

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