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Digital Photography vs. Film Photography

Film photography once ruled the world of picture taking, but with the advances in digital photography, it no longer dominates the corner on quality photos. Digital photography used to be a much more expensive hobby if you wanted to get any decent level of quality from your pictures, but digital cameras have gotten more advanced and have dropped significantly in price in recent years.

Film vs. Memory Card

One of the most convenient aspects of digital photography is the lack of need for rolls of film. Digital photos don’t require film with different speeds in order to get different results. Most digital settings are automatic, and to change your shutter speed or white balance, you only need to change a setting on your camera. Memory cards also have the unique ability to be loaded up with a ton of shots and replaced by another tiny memory card when full. This prevents the need to carry many rolls of film that are susceptible to light or heat damage during transport.

Developing Your Photos

When film was the standard medium of photography, darkroom and photo labs were required to print your pictures. Digital photography has given us the ability to print professional quality photos right from our own printers. Of course, a printer of decent quality with the proper ink and paper is still required in order to see high quality results. While most of the editing is done in the darkroom when using film, all editing for digital photos can be done with photo editing software on your computer.

Instant Results

Digital cameras have removed the need to wait to view the shots you’ve taken by allowing us to reviews pictures on the camera’s LCD screen. Instead of filling a roll of film up with mediocre photos, the image file from on your memory card can be deleted immediately and be retaken with a digital camera. And if a print is not actually required, the photos you take can be shared instantly through e-mail and uploading.

Some photographers still prefer the traditional methods of film photography, but digital photography has come a long way in eliminating the need for darkrooms, chemicals, light sensitive paper, and film. Developing your own photos has become common place and in many cases, printing a picture isn’t even required in order to view and share it. It used to be that film provided the higher quality results, but with advances in digital sensors and lenses, the choice between digital and film is now a matter of personal preference and convenience.

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