Digital vs film photography

When digital cameras came out, people hailed it as a great revolution. You could now take thousands of holiday pictures and simply delete the ones you didn’t like. While this is certainly a bonus for some, it can encourage the photographer to be lazy about setting up the scene properly.

My first “real” camera was a digital one. I do try to think about the composition, the lighting and other things. But often I end up going with the trial-and-error approach, and sometimes for photos like this one I would take hundreds of photos with slightly different settings, just to get the perfect shot.

Since I’ve started using a 35mm SLR, I’ve noticed I think much more carefully when taking photos. Naturally, you think twice before pressing the shutter when you know that it will cost you 25p to do so. I tend to take only one or possibly two photos of the same subject, which makes me carefully consider everything.

This can only be a good thing!

The downside is that it can take a while to fill a roll of film, as I have to have up to  36 pieces of inspiration before I can get the film processed 🙁 When I get my current film done, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the shots I’ve taken over the last few days.


  1. rats
    October 12, 2009

    lol. i remember taking photos of random things just to fill up a roll when digital cameras didn’t exist yet. I used to love fiding out what was on the roll of film i hadnt processed for 3 months. (usually not a lot, i was a snap happy kid).

    I should buy a decent camera. *sigh*

    • Jonathan
      October 12, 2009

      Haha, I’ve got so many photos like that when I took three photos of my feet after returning from a hoilday. But I hate waste so I never threw them away…

  2. rats
    October 12, 2009

    I dont think i have ever thrown photos away. My mum has (a few) old buscuit tins full of photos and negatives packed away in all sorts of odd places. I should go and pile through them. could be interesting.

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