Digital Vs Film
The photographic industry still seems to be in turmoil at the moment and will take some time to settle.
The change from film-based photography to digital has had an overwhelming effect on every aspect of our profession. There are however, many professionals who are staying with film as it is the only medium which gives them the result they need. For these photographers only film will do - digital just will not come close, and I agree with this approach to some extent.
I think everyone was thinking and possibly hoping that the transition would be gradual but the takeup of digital has been dramatic and rapid.
I am a traditionalist when it comes to photography, preserving the ideals and 'proper' methods of image capture and printing. But I have to now admit that I am fast being sucked into the whole digital process. The quality of digital capture has increased beyond expectations, and the ease of digital post-production, image repair and manipulation has reduced the need for a traditional darkroom for example.
The big players in camera production have all embraced digital capture, with many completely abandoning manufacture of film-based cameras.
It would be nice to think that traditional materials and equipment will play alongside the digital revolution to make sure it does not completely disappear.
There has always been the advantage with film cameras - they last for years and usually perform well over the whole period. Digital cameras for all their clever trickery may last but their worth soon fades with the introduction of new models - usually within a few months.
In fact, the investment in digital equipment needs to be multiplied by a factor of ten to keep up with the latest equipment and developments. In other words we will have to replace our cameras almost yearly, whereas a professional film camera would be good for at least ten years use.
As long as we all keep taking plenty of photographs and enjoying our passion, that is the main thing.