Strangely Analog: Still Using Film in a Digital Age

Strangely Analog: Still Using Film in a Digital Age

Campbell Faulkner
Oct 25, 2010


We have always been extremely fond of photography. Starting in middle school, we had a film SLR and have been tinkering with our photography skills ever since. While we cannot claim to be professionals in any sense of the word, our photography has long been a passionate hobby. As we examined our camera after taking some photos, we began to contemplate our transformation to digital and why we still grab our trusty 35 mm SLR on certain occasions.

Often we reminisce about the days back when everything we took was on film. On our puny high school and early college budgets, we hesitated to take many photos due to development costs. Yet, our film photos always seem to turn out better. We are not sure if this is due to our camera or a more concentrated effort when crafting our images. As we analyzed our massive collection of digital images taken since 2005, we notice that the overall quality is dismal. There are defiantly some gems, but the hit rate is significantly less than when we still used film. Due to that revelation, we have been toting our film camera around more frequently and using it sparingly with excellent results. While we know our digital SLR is a bit dated, we cannot help but think that film forces us to be more deliberate and take better photos. The only other factor might be the fact that we were using a last generation film camera that was the culmination of nearly 100 years of development. Have you noticed that your photographic quality has decreased since you switched to digital?

(Top image: Flickr member Nesster, film image: Flickr member Uwe Hermann both licensed under Creative Commons)

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