I shoot digital almost every day, in addition to my film work. Most people who shoot film and turn their nose up at digital don't realize that digital carries with it its own set of complications and difficulties, if you are to do it properly. Saying "digital is easier" is like saying that it's easier to run ten miles than to swim ten miles. They are both difficult. It is not any easier to make a significant photograph in the digital age than it was 40 years ago. The method of making the image may have changed, and perhaps sped up the process of knowing that the resulting image either is or isn't of significance, but it certainly hasn't made it any easier.
This sort of snooty bias cuts both ways. There are plenty of digital photographers who are "incredibly serious" about their work, yet anyone can make a digital photo today. 100 years ago, Kodak said "you push the button, we do the rest." What's the difference?
There is a difference. If there weren't, digital wouldn't have been a runaway success, supplanting a dominant and entrenched technology in just a few short years. How much cheaper it is may be debatable. Quality and qualities may be subjective. Shooting both for a living, I am very familiar with both. From an ease of use, and efficiency standpoint there is no contest. If you know what you are doing in the first place, digital is far easier, no matter how much our little egos want it to be difiificult. If it were, I'd still get to shoot film exclusively.
Last edited by JBrunner; 01-30-2013 at 09:34 AM. Click to view previous post history.