Film vs Digital: 10 reasons every beginner should avoid film

Film vs Digital: 10 reasons every beginner should avoid film: Reason 1: What you see is what you get

Some photographers get all misty-eyed when they talk about film, but we reckon that digital photography is a whole lot better. Here are a few reasons why we believe digital not only wins the film vs digital debate, but if you’re a beginner trying to learn your craft, contrary to popular belief you’re better off picking up a digital camera…

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Film vs Digital Reason 1: What you see is what you get

If you compose images on your digital camera’s LCD screen, or have model with an electronic viewfinder, you see how the image will appear before you take the shot. All the exposure and colour information is taken into account, so you see just what you’re going to get.

Even if you compose images in the optical viewfinder of a digital camera you can see the image immediately after it has been taken, so you can make any adjustments and take another shot.

With a film camera it’s a leap of faith. You could have entirely the wrong exposure settings selected and you won’t find out until the film’s been processed days later.

EXIF data: a beginner's guide

Film vs Digital Reason 2: You can check the image data

Digital images have EXIF data with all the camera setting information, so when you’re reviewing your shots you can check how you created the various effects. The only way to do this with the average film camera is to make a note of the exposure settings at the time you took the shot.

Comparing images is also easier with digital photography because you can put two or more images on the screen and compare them at different magnifications. You need to reach for a loupe with a film photograph and then quickly move between the prints or slides.

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