(Closed) professional photogs: is film or digital better?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I dont think one is better than the other but digital is more cost effective to process. Not as many film developers anymore and not as much film either.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Digital is cheaper and typically easier to use since a memory card can hold most if not all of the pictures from a wedding and therefore, there is no need to miss anything while changing out a roll of film.  However, medium format film cameras take some of the clearest and best pictures (waaaaaay better than digital.)

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I know a lot of wedding photographers who use a mix of medium format with film and digital. MF produces beautiful photos that are not easily produced by a digital camera. Most likely the cost is passed to the client but so are lots of other costs, it’s how businesses are run. Choose the photographer because you love his work and what he’s producing either way he’s producing it.

Food for though. – most people think digital is cheaper. In the short it is, you don’t have film to buy or process BUT with digital she shutters have a shelf life and to stay current you need to upgrade your camera body about every two years or so. Those are VERY expensive so it evens out in the end.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

It all boils down to whether or not you appreciate the photographers end results.  If we build a beautiful house we don’t talk about the hammers we used to drive the nails.  Ultimately even film photography gets digitized these days.

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