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Film or Digital Photography?

Updated on December 10, 2014

The Analog vs Digital Debate

Most of the world is trending toward digital photography but there are still those who prefer film. I am one who has left my film cameras behind and moved on to digital but I recognize that some photographers with good reasons still love their film cameras or use both film and digital.

Digital technology is always improving but some stay with film because they see an advantage or quality in film images that can't be achieved with digital photography. I have found that there is debate as to whether these superior qualities of film over digital actually exist. The debate can become heated but let's not do that here. This is an opportunity to state your preference, film or digital and to give your reasons for your preference. Convince us!

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State your preference and be sure to tell us why you prefer onIe or the other. If you use both film and digital, tell us why.

I prefer film

I prefer film

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    • Svdharma LM 5 years ago

      I prefer film but I could be biased because I don't have a good DSLR. I have shot large format film and nothing can really compare to that.

    • Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      I prefer film, but have a digital camera. My film camera is broken, and it doesn't seem worth the price to get it fixed. There is something magical about getting film developed; like opening a present at Christmas to see what is inside. I just don't get the same effect with digital.

    • Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I prefer film, because I know I will print the photos. The digital ones tend to sit in the camera for a long time before printing!

    • Tugee 5 years ago

      I like film cameras (but maybe that's just because I've never bothered to learn how to use a digital one).

    I prefer digital

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      • Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        I prefer digital. It works better for me in taking photos of my artwork.

      • Ninche 5 years ago

        I use digital for work - it's faster and easier. I use film when ever I can, because it makes me think much more, before I take a shot! If I have to take a side....

      • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

        Cause it is easy!

      • Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

        I am all about digital. It took me a long time to get some good pictures.. if I was shooting with film, I would have quit long ago due to the costs of getting my horrible pictures printed.

      • Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

        I used film cameras and now I have a digital camera. I think digital cameras are better.

      • bdkz 5 years ago

        I love digital!

      Why I Like Digital

      I have gone digital an not looked back at my film cameras for several reasons. I'll share a few of the reasons I now prefer digital over film:

      I. I can shoot a lot of images and it costs me nothing for film or developing. This is a significant advantage over film cameras for me.

      2. I enjoy doing my own image developing or processing using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and other software products. These image processing applications allow me to take my images where they could never go with film and they stimulate my creative juices.

      3. Digital image storage on my PC and various storage devices is much easier than storing film and prints. It takes less space and I can more easily access my images.

      4. Digital images can be more easily shared with others than a print.

      5. I am quite content with the image quality of high end digital cameras with a high end lens.

      My Fine Art Photography Website

      I have a fine art photography website where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominent in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by. Whether you are looking for some interesting images or looking to purchase some photographic art, I think you will enjoy your visit to Chuck Nelson Photography.

      I have applied many of my photographs and digital art to a wide variety of products such as mugs, mouse pads, T-shirts, cards, etc. If you are looking for a one-stop location for unique gifts, be sure to visit my Zazzle website.

      I'd Love to Hear From You

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          Tugee 5 years ago

          Nice lens.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          @Tugee: Thank you Tugee...check out some of my other photography articles and perhaps I can convince you to give digital a try

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          Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

          I have already admitted to my preference for digital. But I have to say that the guys who use film are usually the standouts at the shows I attend. I can't do that, though; I need instant gratification and feedback. Thanks for posting this debate.

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          Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

          Digital for me, but I see both sides. Well done lens.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          @Wayne Rasku: I like the ability to digitally manipulate an image from scratch, ability to change ISO with every shot and cost savings and, as you, the quick feedback.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          @artbyrodriguez: Thank you. My film cameras are on a shelf where I store memories of bygone years.

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          Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Good debate lens.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          @mbgphoto: Thank you

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          TheBLU26 4 years ago

          I would have loved to have seen your work on your website but so disappointed when the slideshow images didn't load. Maybe it's my computer. You have excellent lenses here and I will be sure to come back again and again!

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          Chuck Nelson 4 years ago from California

          @TheBLU26: Thank you for the kind words. The slide show is working OK so it may be a setting on your computer.

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