I'm often asked if I still use
film, or if I think digital cameras are better than film cameras,
and the answer is NO to both. Granted today's digital cameras are
rapidly approaching the quality of film cameras, but in terms of
color saturation and tonal range, film is still the king.
Does that mean I would consider
ever going back to film? Again, the answer is NO. The
advantages of digital photography are so overwhelming that my film
days are over. So why even mention the subject at all? The answer
is simple: there is still a demand for film photography among
Many professional photographers
still rely on film for it's fine detail and subtle gradations, but
their numbers are dwindling. Four or five years ago most
publishers or stock agencies still insisted on viewing slides, and
were resistant to the idea of accepting digital submissions.
But all that is changing as the
demand for images increases among publishers and advertising
agencies. Today a photographer can email an image to a
client in minutes, whereas previously the client had to wait days
or even weeks to receive a finished product.
What most photographers don't
realize is that it's not the camera market that fuels development,
but, rather, a printing industry that demands
The big money is in printing,
not camera sales.