Digital vs. Film photography.

Photography originally was named from the Greek words photos = light, and graphein = to draw by John F.W. Hwerschel 1839. The first photograph was taken in 1827 with a camera obscura, it was produced by letting light draw onto the picture. In 1889 George Eastman invented film, the emulsions were coated on a cellulose film base.

This kind of photography has stayed popular even for today. Despite the film being basic and providing a quality image that is less than the digital cameras you see today, it provides a soft resolution on the pictures, the grains aren’t as sharp as on the digital cameras, despite there being many improvements for the film produced since it was first introduced. This sort of photography is still a hit for a lot of photographers; the lower quality image gives the picture a slight vintage style to it, leaving the picture to look quite soft than striking, an image that even digital cameras cannot produce. After this, cameras such as 35mm film and Polaroid became a huge hit for photographers.

On the other hand, digital cameras were first introduced in 1984, allowing you to be able to view pictures on pieces of technology, even your camera, to see how your image has turned out. The benefits of digital cameras are that they give a much clearer image. They can be adapted to suit your needs, whether it be an automatic time-lapse, long exposure or even multiple exposure, something the film camera wouldn’t be able to produce in one snap shot.

What one is better?

Depending on how you want your image to come out. If you want a sharp image where you can see every blade of hair on a dog with the balances of light, a digital camera could produce this. However, film photography can also develop this with the correct formatting.

With film cameras, although they may not produce the clearest of images like we do in modern photographs, they give that nostalgic feel. There are more advantages to using digital than analog cameras, but with analog cameras, you get a much greater sense of pride when you take your photographs. Taking pictures on film is a lot more precious, because it is personal and you do not know what the images will look like until you develop them. The advantage with this, is that you cannot delete any pictures, meaning you have the option to choose the images you have taken at the end, preventing you from the possibility of chucking away an image you may regret later, or even to keep as a memory.

I myself have played around a lot with film photography in the past. I experimented with multiple exposures, pinhole photography and general photography. I thought this was a lot of fun and the images that were produced looked dated, but that’s what made the image when I developed it. I would love to try and take some film photographs during this project and see how they come out. If they are of good quality, I could maybe use them for my posters. If they don’t, I will keep them and hope to use them later on.

Disappointingly, I had gone out and taken a lot of pictures on my camera, but the film all appeared blank when I had tried to get them processed. This could have been because the film did not roll properly as I was taking my pictures, meaning as I wound up each shot, the film was not following through. It could have also been the settings on the camera. I’m quite disappointed with this, because I was excited to see what I had come out with as I was exploring, but I will learn from this and make sure that the camera is fully prepared for when I next take it out.



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