To digital or not to digital

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Donna, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Donna

    Donna Guest

    Hi

    I am writing to ask what people think about digital photography taking
    over.
    Personally I like digital photography, cheaper, saves time and easily
    manipulated to give great pictures to show to your relitives.

    Thankyou Donna
     
    Donna, Nov 27, 2003
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    Mister K Guest

    Moving from a film medium to a digital medium is a natural progression
    of photography.
    Over the many decades the medium on which the image is stored has
    changed/evolved, while the ultimate goal of capturing the moment has
    remained.

    One major change when moving to a digital medium is the ease at which
    the captured image can be manipulated. In the past with film, the work
    involved was beyond the average photographer who does not process their
    own film and prints (in a dark room).

    Some will say that digital will lose the artistic nature of photography,
    but I do not think this is so.

    Ultimately the image is what matters.
    You still have a camera that requires focusing, and adjusting exposure.
    You still have to "process" the captured image and present it to the
    public (whether it's a print or on a PC).

    Digital has had the same impact on photography as the introduction of
    35mm roll film ... it has lowered the ease of usage (and cost), thus
    introducing photography to a larger percentage of the public.

    You probably have noticed that many people with digital camera's would
    not have ever purchased a 35mm film camera.

    Even though I am a "film" photographer (and do not have a digital
    camera), I welcome the new technology and hopefully one day own a Canon
    EOS-1Ds.
     
    Mister K, Nov 27, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Google Troll
     
    Matt Clara, Nov 27, 2003
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    CARBUFF Guest

    Oh, yeah, I can smell him a mile away.

    George
     
    CARBUFF, Nov 27, 2003
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    PhotoGizmo Guest

    I agree. I love digital cameras and use them for 4 years - I dealt with
    scanned films even earlier. However, PhotoShop would never improve a bad
    picture. If it's out of focus, poorly framed etc. Digital gear is no excuse
    for the lack of photography skills. It's just a medium.
    Yeah, and the standards have dropped. Practically everyone owns a
    point-and-shoot or an SLR, however most pictures in the 24 hour labs are not
    worth looking at.
    Scary, it means that they can't shoot. It's like buying a brand new SUV
    without having a drivers license. Roadkill beware! Garbage goes digital.
     
    PhotoGizmo, Nov 27, 2003
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    Jerry McG Guest

    One major change when moving to a digital medium is the ease at which
    the captured image can be manipulated. In the past with film, the work>
    involved was beyond the average photographer who does not process their own
    film and prints (in a dark room).>>

    I started going digital in '99 with the purchase of a small HP film scanner
    and an Epson 1200. By now I've progressed to exclusively digital capture
    (Nikon D1x, Nikon 5400) and I've used a Nikon LS2000 for the last three
    years to process my chromes archive.

    The Epson 2200 has been a revelation in terms of print production. A client
    recently rejected use of digital for a set of office prints he wanted based
    upon some of my chromes. I had some Ilfochromes made for him at significant
    cost, but also gave him backup prints done on the 2200 and Epson Premium
    Luster papers. He was astonished at the inkjet prints. The cost difference
    is so enormous you have to acknowledge the inevitability of digital
    dominance. Even more compelling, the archival qualities of these inkjet
    prints kind of put the fork in the chemical processing argument.

    Although my early results were horrid, and the learning curve has been steep
    the ease of the workflow and immediacy of results are such that I'd never
    consider going back to exclusively film & chemical processing. That's not to
    say I don;t still get a thrill out of spreading a fresh box of Velvia
    chromes out on a light table, but I now ask myself: "Why take this much time
    and go to this expense as a PRIMARY means of capture?"


    a virtually
    Film does have a richness that's currently somewhat elusive, sort of a
    fine-curve sort of thing I have difficulty nailing on every image.
     
    Jerry McG, Nov 27, 2003
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  7. I could not care less. I can't put a digital sensor in my camera.
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Nov 28, 2003
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  8. There's your answer, Donna.....If you like it, then it's the right thing for
    you......
     
    William Graham, Nov 28, 2003
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    Ron Andrews Guest

    For most of the pictures I care about, I shoot on film and scan the
    negatives and get silver halide prints from an on-line service. Digital
    offers huge flexibility in the intermediate stage. I prefer silver halide
    for image capture and prints. I can get a 10 megapixel image from a $250
    scanner. To get this quality in a digital camera, I'd have to spend several
    thousand. I can change image sensors (film type) for different purposes.
    Since the original images are in a human readable form, the images will be
    available to my great grand children. I don't have to copy them to new
    digital media every few years. I use a digital camera on occasion for things
    like eBay postings, but for serious work, I use film.
     
    Ron Andrews, Nov 28, 2003
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    Nick C Guest

    Right on, Ron.

    Nick
     
    Nick C, Nov 28, 2003
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  11. Just plain troll, period. With all the discussion that's already taken
    place, there's more material available to this person that this person is
    likely to comprehend in any case. We shouldn't need to add more.

    I can, however, imagine that this person is genuinely confused, and wants
    "her" mind made up for "her". People who want that are another kind of
    troll, less evidently insidious perhaps, but indicative of a growing sloth
    amongst us. Sloths are trolls too.

    Bill Tallman
     
    William D. Tallman, Nov 28, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Yep same here. I love digital for ebay, shooting simple stuff (like
    e-mailing clients pictures or showing friends a silly picture of my
    dogs/flower garden etc) but for anything important I still use film.
     
    stacey, Nov 30, 2003
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