November 17th, 2009
I have taken basic photography and would like to learn digital photography.
In photography, the differences are the prints. The larger the film gets the more pixels it gets. In 35 mm SLR – shooting the best shots, with using a very good lens, you can get 20 millions pixels. Right now I have only seen 12.2 million pixels (in Digital SLR), and have heard of 16 millions pixels (however, I don’t know if they have it on DSLR – Digital single lens reflex).
The single-lens reflex (SLR) camera uses an automatic moving mirror system which permits the photographer to see exactly what will be captured by the film or digital imaging system, as opposed to non-SLR cameras where the view through the viewfinder could be significantly different from what was captured on film.
Without getting too technical, films tend to capture color more in depth than with digital. Although, digital is getting there, or maybe it’s there already – as the pixels gets bigger and the color coding gets better. The bigger the print the more pixels you need for certain clarity you are looking for – mostly if you are commercial photography or as an artist. There are also larger film formats like 220 mm.
Then there’s that environmental factor to consider, too. With films, you need chemicals to process them. With digital, you have LCD you have to think about when disposing your digital camera. Films do however, use more chemicals.
Although digital camera is expensive to buy, in the long run, it is cheaper because you don’t have to buy films and have it processed.
You can still make a good living with both digital and film cameras. It is a matter of who is taking the picture.
One big differences I think with both style of photography, is Discipline. You don’t want to make a lot of mistake with film because of time and cost.
Film is still used mostly in movies that are produced today, why do you think that is still the case.