20 August 2012

Why all the Digital Bashing?

I had a few people yesterday asking me why would anyone want to make digital look like Velvia. Well perhaps people don’t want digital to look like Velvia but they do want to be able to have a digital camera that provides the tonal separation of Velvia in order to have a <strong>different</strong> starting point for their photographic interpretations.

I also got asked by one person ‘why all the digital bashing?’. I thought it would be good to point out why I post these articles – I own seven digital cameras and about eight or nine film cameras and use them for different things. I try to use the right camera for the right job. Obviously this involves knowing what the different cameras are good for. However, although everyone seems to know what digital is good at and over the last decade their have been many, many articles in magazines and online about how digital is better than film there are a hell of a lot less posts about what the current failings of digital cameras versus film are. Hence why if you read this blog out of context you’ll probably coming away with the impression that I think digital is useless.

Far from the case and nearly every trip I go on I take more digital photographs than film ones. If I can however, I do prefer to capture my images on film because of the quality/type of colour it provides – that’s a personal preference and one that has come from spending time comparing the two platforms. My goal is to share and quantify some of that research to inform other people who may be interested.



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2 Responses to “Why all the Digital Bashing?”

  1. On August 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm Neal Thorley responded with... #

    Interesting, I don’t really consider your posts of late anti-digital by any means, to me is seems like you are just trying to do an analysis of different capture mediums in order to explain the subtleties and nuances of one vs another given a specific situation.

    It’s been very interesting reading.

  2. On August 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm Rick responded with... #

    I also don’t particularly think you are digital bashing. As you mention the arguments that have been published for the last few years about digital killing film and the necessity of the older format have been very biased on the digital side. I’m very happy and enlightened to read your articles and point others towards them to show reasoned arguments for the merits of both and where each one is at a disadvantage to the other.

    I own a Nikon D800 and a Pentax 67II medium format kit and like you choose each camera for the right job. At the moment my Pentax is still my preferred medium for landscape precisely because of some of the articles you have published recently (subtle colour separation, etc)…

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