Digital vs Film Photography

Writer: Victoria Laszuk

Edited By: Dori Larbig

Ever since phones with high-quality cameras have been released, fewer people have been taking pictures with digital or film cameras. However, in the last decade, film photography has been making a huge come back. More and more people are acquiring and digging out their old capture machines to use in our modern, advanced world. As with digital cameras, the high quality that the cameras have are attracting professional and aspiring photographers. Although some may say that one camera is better than the other, both have their pros and cons in specific situations. 

Film photography has been around for decades but as of the 21st century, photographers are rediscovering the unique joy of shooting on a film camera. In addition to professional photographers, there has been an increase in film camera usage in the teen and young adult population. 

“I love film photography because it lets me capture some of the best moments on camera,” says sophomore Brooke Bradley. 

A film camera can be used in all photography situations: portraits, landscape and even wildlife. When compared to digital photography, using a film camera does not give you as good of quality pictures because they have much older technology. In addition, obtaining the pictures involves a more complicated process than digital photography. When using a film camera, you do not see the results right away as you would digitally. The user has to develop the film in order to see the pictures they took. This process involves a lot of advanced equipment and practice which is hard to obtain right away. However, most people using a film camera take their roll of photos to be developed at stores like CVS and Walgreens, where you wait about two weeks to get your roll of pictures in hand. Despite this, it is fun for users to use film cameras because they do not know how the pictures are going to turn out when they get developed. Overall, film cameras are a great option if you are looking for a great alternative to modern cameras. 

Some of the most beautiful and famous photos have been taken with a digital camera. 

“I have been using digital cameras for a long time, and I find them really interesting,” says junior Bali Lavine. “They can turn a second into something you can look at and remember forever.”

Although this type of camera may look complicated at first glance, using a digital camera is easy when you get the hang of it. With just a few buttons, you will be able to navigate the entire camera. In addition, digital cameras today have up to 100 million pixels which take extremely high-quality photos in just one click. This high-quality camera can be used to take pictures of anything, even the smallest of things with their powerful zoom features. However, when compared to a film camera, digital cameras tend to be much bulkier and harder to carry around, due to their necessary equipment and accessories needed for the camera to work properly. Also, the cost of a digital camera can be very high depending on the brand, typically ranging from $200 all the way to $2000 if you are looking for an extremely good-quality camera. 

Whether you prefer a film or digital camera is up to you, but I assure you that both cameras, despite their differences, are excellent choices. Whether you are looking to become a professional photographer or just want to take photos simply for fun, I encourage you to consider film and digital photography. 


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