Photographic Film: Pros and Cons
In a world of continual technological advancements, digital cameras completely reshaped and revolutionised the photographic industry. Digital cameras were first made commercially available in the early 1990's. However, it was not until around 1995 when digital cameras truly began to change the photographic trade. Photographers were then introduced to new methods of capturing images.
As technology further advanced and digital cameras became more readily available, the option of becoming a full time professional photographer shifted into a realistic career. Thus, allowing amateur photographers to emerge and permeate the photographic market which closely paralleled the overall standard of photography lowering. Unfortunately, this factor compromised the entire realm of wedding photography's reputation.
Wedding photographers with higher levels of experience in photography tend to have been originally taught utilizing film as their main medium gaining them traction in their trade. Thus, numerous film taught photographers will argue that the patience, techniques, and hardships learned while shooting with this type of medium are key to cultivating a truly artisanal, successful, and elegant wedding album. It is up to you to decide whether this statement is fact or fiction from the following key points found below.
There are several advantages and unfortunately disadvantages of utilizing film in photography.
♦ When properly shot, film photographs not only look unbelieveable but also create a visual effect that would be near impossible to recreate with digital image editing.
♦ When film is chosen as the main medium of a photographic event, you know you are working with an experienced photographer. The use of film requires special attention to detail and thorough knowledge of photographic equipment especially in the ever changing environment of a wedding. You can rest assured knowing your photographer has completed the entire cycle of imagery from the first exposed capture to the final step of development.
♦ However, the downfall of using the medium of film is that once a photograph has been captured there is no going back. You can not preview or double check if a photograph has been successfully taken which is an unfortunate factor as the special moments in weddings pass by in an instant. Weddings simply do not allow time for error.
♦ Film photography causes a negative impact on the environment. As film utilizes chemicals, plastics, and metals it is not able to be recycled, wastefully utilizing the world's limited resources.
♦ Unless the photographer possesses massive amounts of extra film canister reels, they will not be shooting endless amounts of photos as photographers utilizing digital cameras do. Film photographers can only capture a few hundred photos per event which means every shot they take counts.
Congruently, there are also many advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a digital camera in photography.
♦ Digital Cameras utilize a form of storage memory known as an SD card. Photographers are able to capture thousands of high quality photographs per each SD card. SD cards are fortunately very small and highly portable allowing digital photographers to virtually capture unlimited amounts of photos per event.
♦ Digital cameras do not utilize reels of film that cause large carbon footprints. Instead, a small amount of specifically chosen, high quality images are taken from digitally stored SD cards and then sent off for printing, making the practice of digital photography extremely environmentally friendly.
♦ Due to the technological advantage of digital backup, SD Cards are able to not only be saved onto computers but onto ipads and smartphones as well. This means that digital photography is generally known as the safer medium in photography because of its highly reliable state. There is less risk in losing or damaging digital photographs.
♦ Digital photographs are considered more convenient. Digitally formatted photographs are more readily available to you and your photographer as they are easily transferred onto the computer to share and send.
Presently, further modern technological advancements have allowed for comprehensive software in digital image editing to become more readily accessible and available. In short, digital images can be made to look like film through various procedures and techniques. 'Filmification' has become practically common knowledge in the world of digital photography.
When it comes time to decide whether to hire a film or digital photographer for your wedding, weigh out the pros and cons. This decision will highly depend on the look you are going for on your wedding day. However, most photographers today shoot mainly digital photographs with the occasional use of fim. It is rare to find a photographer who exclusively shoots with film.