Digital or Film Cameras?

September 4, 2008

Okay, despite the fact that we see digital cameras everywhere these days and that film cameras are long considered ‘ancient’ or ‘vintage’, you will find that some professional photographers still choose to use film cameras. Why, because digital cameras can have their advantages and disadvantages too and in many cases, film cameras are better than digital cameras.

If you’re planning to purchase a digital camera, here is a brief synopsis of some pros and cons of shooting digital:

Advantages

  • More often, better results

Then instant picture feedback allows you to make immediate adjustments to your camera settings and composition of your picture hence this allows you to produce better quality results more often.

  • Cost

It’s irrefutable that digital cameras tend to be more expensive than film cameras, but think of all the money you would have spent on buying and processing film.

  • Control

With the technology built into many digital cameras, you have dar greater control over the final image than ever had with film.

  • Image Quality

This may be a little controversial but compared to similar 35mm cameras, digital cameras are superior at picking out details particularly in low-light conditions

  • Flexibility

You have the flexibility to turn your pictures into various mediums with the wonders of digital code, be it interactive web sites, greeting cards, calendars, and tons more!

Disadvantages

  • Speed

Only top-end professional cameras offer shooting speeds comparable with film cameras. If you like photographing action sports or wildlife, you may be disappointed with digital cams.

  • Power Consumption

Digital cams eat batteries. Serious! You need to make sure you have plenty of spare ones available on those once-in-a-lifetime occasions.

  • Dust

Digital cams have the propensity for attracting particles of dust, which then appear on your pictures as gray blobs or bright spots. The sensor must be cleaned regularly though this is not a simple task, given the fragility of the device.

And that’s it! I hopt you will know be more informed about digital photography and that this may help if you are looking to take up photography as your serious hobby! Hang around, for more quick photography lessons yea?

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If you ask anybody what their main problems with photography is, chances are, you will hear blurry pictures as one of their main challenges. Nothing is more annoying than getting home from a day out with your best buds or a event, and realizing that most of your photos have turned out blurry. URGH!

Well, they say the best way to solve a problem is to first find out the cause of it.

Here is something useful that I have learned from David Peterson that I hope may be just as helpful to you as it was to me!

Main causes of blurry photos:

  1. Your camera is out of focus
  2. The subject moves while you are snapping a photo
  3. The camera moves while you are snapping

Out Of Focus

An image that is out of focus will appear blurry. These days with Auto Focus, it’s unlikely that the whole image will be out of focus. More often than not, you’ll see one part of the image crisp and clear, but others (including your subject) are out of focus.

To fix focus problems, use the half-press shutter technique. Press your shutter button halfway down and you aim your camera before you take your shot. I feel that this has always improved my pictures tremendously when the camera has fixed its focus on your subject before you snap the photo.

The subject moves while the shutter is open

You can tell this cause by looking at your subject, If some parts of the subject are crisp while others are blurry then the subject has moved while the camera’s shutter was open.

You can avoid blurry images caused by subject movement by changing your camera’s settings so that your shutter speed is faster. Try switching to the sports mode on your camera.

The camera moves while the shutter is open

This is another common problem and will cause the whole image to be blurry.

When the shutter is open for a longer time, tiny movements of the camera can cause the whole photo to become blurry. Even small movements like releasing your finger from the shutter button, or your breathing can cause it. This often happens when you are taking pictures in low light setting or at night.

To solve this problem, the best way is to get a tripod or a automatic shutter device which acts like a remote control in which you press the button on the device to snap the picture without having to touch your camera ;)