There is an ongoing debate about digital photography and traditional photography and which of the two is better. Actually, both have strong and weak points. They are also interconnected, since new media (digital photography) starts out as traditional media. In reality, there never really should be an argument because digital photography is really just another photographic form.
To better understand each photography materinty form, it is best what makes each one different from the other.
The Strong Points of Traditional or Film Photography
In general context, traditional photography is easier and more convenient, especially money-wise. Equipment for film photography is less expensive. You don’t need to buy a lot of paraphernalia. The basic ones that you need are affordable and easy to find. Also, you do not need power or electricity to get your film camera working.
You don’t need to keep changing or “upgrading” your cameras every six months or so. Some traditional photographers have had their cameras with them for more than five years.
Majority of film photographers like the rich colors that show up in their photos naturally. The photos have a more distinct appearance; a good grainy look that’s favored by a lot of photographers. Of course this can be done with digital photos, but only with the help of an editing program like Photoshop.
Traditional photography works with an expansive dynamic range. Although there are now digital cameras with 35mm resolution, film cameras are still way ahead in this sector. This allows you to come up with photos that show every color and detail, not ones that turns bright images into toned down versions.
Black and white images come out immaculately better when filmed with a traditional SLR camera. They’re more detailed and striking.
It is still better to shoot with cameras that come with a reasonably sized viewfinder. There are digital SLRs that only have LCD screens and no viewfinders. It takes the fun out of photography!
Most digital point and shoot cameras (not the high-end digital SLRs) have a delay, what you call a “shutter lag”. With film cameras, this is not an issue, so it is easy to take photos of subjects in action.
Finally, the darkroom. Many traditional photographers swear that there is nothing quite like watching your own photos develop. The fact that you use your hands for developing your images makes the photos more personal.
Darkroom film developing provides a certain kind of thumbprint on your work; therefore making every photo you take a unique creation. A mark of a true artist.