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08 Sep 2012 - 06:5390638
Film or Digital?
Should i start learning the traditional film style of photography? Or should I go straight to digital?


08 Sep 2012 - 10:4490643
What are you planning on doing with it?

Traditional skills are great to know, but it's *really* expensive. You need the developing liquids, new film each time, photosensitive paper and then access to a dark room. It's an expensive process. Also, you need to remember that there are only so many times you can do prints of the original film; the quality starts to degrade over repeated exposure.

Especially since you can do everything with a traditional shot that you could do with a digital. And you can do more with the digital, both in terms with editing and reprints.

Back to do the question I asked.

If you're planning on being a professional wedding photographer, you'd probably get more revenue if you're traditional (it just sounds better and posher). However, if you're going with costume stuff, professional or not, then go with digital.


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08 Sep 2012 - 13:4390651
I agree with Nixie, digital all the way. I did a course on photography and we were required to learn to take out the film in the dark, open that and set it up. It is not easy and you cant even promise yourself success on the images you've taken. However with digital you can actually see what you're getting on the screen, delete it if you dont like it and start over. With film you only have a limited amount and then you have to faff about with putting a new film in without damaging it with exposure. Save yourself the hassle and so with digital.


16 Sep 2012 - 09:5190975
On the flip side of opinions, I started with film and it didn't do me any harm, you just need to have the available cash for getting your films processed. You don't need all the specialist equipment, that's only if you want to develop at home. You can just bulk buy film online and if you want to experiment with black a nd white, Ilford do a C41 process black and white film which you can develop at places like Boots. I would recommend doing your research online and finding a nice beginner film SLR like the Olympus OM-10 or a Pentax (if you go Pentax as a system you can use Pentax K and M42 lenses with the Pentax dSLR systems too). But any brand is fine as long as it will suggest exposure levels or sort them for you. It's a great way of mastering manual exposure and manual mode as you go, and when you decide to augment with digital you'll be all set to go straight away. Whereas if you buy digital first it's tempting to just use AV or green mode the whole time.

That's my two cents worth. You will go through several rolls of film getting the hang of it but it's good fun and the initial cost of buying into it is cheaper than digital.


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