Katie | Film vs. Digital | Rose Wheat Photography | Birch Hill & Hot Licks | Fairbanks, AK

During Katie's session, I shot a combination of film and digital. The purpose of this post is to give you a better idea of the subtle differences between both. While there are many ways to make digital images match film images, I did not do that with these images. For the purposes of keeping integrity to my editing style, I edited the digital images before I saw the film images so that the editing would be consistent with my current body of work. It was not my goal to match the digital images to my film images, but rather to show the beauty in both. 

After seeing these images, I can say that there are definite merits to both. The film has an ability to beautifully pick up color, a place where I think the digital falls short in many ways. The digital on the other hand has an ability to pick up detail that film otherwise softens. More often than not, I would say that I side with the film images, but in many ways, the digital is still a vital element to fully the look of a situation. There is always the obvious drawback of underexposing film, getting shots out of focus, and just altogether messing up that digital allows you to make up for immediately.

In the side-by-side comparisons, the left images are film, and the right images are digital. In the top-bottom images, the top is film and bottom is digital. These are a mixture of 35mm film and medium format film images, shot on my Canon Elan 7 and Mamiya Pro TL 80 1.9 respectively. All film images processed by Photo Vision.

Now that you've seen the comparison, let me know your thoughts! Where do you think the older methods of film stand against the modern methods of digital photography? I'm curious to hear your thoughts!

Emma Wheatley

TOPEKA, KS, 66606