Naturally, it’s far less crowded that way than it would be in reality. In other respects, though, the process is almost the same. You can select a Vermeer or a Frans
What are the advantages of film photography? Are there any ways in which film photography is considered better than digital?
I shoot film and I digital – and am a beginner myself.
Aesthetics: I prefer the look and challenges provided by film. Film gives the user many more options as you can change the look and feel of a photo by selecting your film to fit your vision. Additionally you have much more control over the image if you’re developing it yourself in the dark room.
The colors rendered by film are more organic looking. I read somewhere that film is able to reproduce more shades of color than film can. I can’t find that info anywhere in my cursory search and apologize, but when I look at the images I’ve made with both mediums film is more accurate – especially with matte colors and with reds and greens.
Film records more information, if you over expose film you can recover the image in development, but if you blow out a digital file, you’ll lose all the highlights.
Digital cameras produce sterile looking images that are too perfect. People rely on disgusting art filters to try to reproduce the look film gives or to just turn an image into pure pornography (too much of everything at once) by over saturating it, over-sharpening it, or by making everyone look like they have doll skin. People rely on filters to make their photography stand out in a sea of boring images.
Film is automatically more interesting (at least in my opinion) because it is nostalgic. Most people remember when images had the look of being produced on film.
People who are too young to remember still see genuine film images as new and unlike everything else that is so commonly spotted.
Latitude: Every shootout I’ve read on exposure latitude grants digital the winner – but when I see real life images shot on digital and film – digital may have rendered more latitude but the colors are ugly. The parts of the frame that are overexposed are too saturated and the parts that are under exposed are muddy looking. Especially if the image contains yellows, greens, or bright reds.
Historical Preservation: An advantage not yet discussed is your film negatives are 1 medium for storage, the prints a 2nd, the scans a 3rd. Recording the images on film means you have an archival method that is historically more sound and reputable than any digital file, which I’m sure we’ve all lost before due to a virus or a bum hard drive going out on us.
Full Frame Photography: A full frame digital SLR is thousands of dollars – Analog cameras (35mm) are full frame and cheap. I bought my EOS 3 for $200. It’s a beautiful camera and comparable to the still produced Canon 1V (which retails for $1200)
Higher Resolution: Unlike a digital sensor the resolution of your analog image depends especially on the lens, the shutter speed, and the quality of the film being used. Adox – a German company manufactures a 20 ASA speed film that can produce images developed carefully and scanned properly at the equivalent of 500 megapixels. The ability to shoot 8×10 sheets of film allows resolutions that digital cannot touch and won’t be able to touch for years.
Tilt Shift: A Tilt shift lens for a digital SLR is pricey – and the same look you’ll get with 35mm can be achieved with an iPhone app. However tilt shift was originally a part of large format photography and when done with a large format camera provides more options for creating artistic visions. A friend of mine recently scored a studio sized 4×5 camera for a few hundred bucks. This camera has bellows that can be adjusted to create interesting effects.