Difference between film and digital

November 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

To me film is best in many ways.  The grain structure of film to the pixel structure of digital.  Film it is always a surprise to see what comes out.  With digital you have a clue from seeing the image.  I think digital takes almost as much time as going in the darkroom and printing.  I listen to books on tape in the darkroom.  Now I listen to books on cd in my office.  

Scanning older work is always a problem.  If you don't have a good scanner you don't get the detail you do with a good ones.  The problem I have run into is that the scanner I want in somewhere between two and three thousand dollars.  It is a good one and will copy what is on film into digital.

In today's world you can't get some of the films developed.  In my town at this time, only color negative is being processed.  All color slide film processing is gone. Kodachrome is gone from the nation.  Ektachrome is still processed here in the US but I don't know where.  B&W is still taught in schools.  So they keep the chemistry and the paper for that.  I keep watching a photographer I know who is doing large format, tin type kind of images.  They looks beautiful when he post them.  Very different than the work you see done digitally out there now.  

Digital is the way of the world and I don't think things are every going to back to what they were.  But I remember.  


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