Hong Kong Lucida

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Street Photography: Film vs Digital

In general, there’re two approaches available for the street photographer who uses both digital and film cameras.

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With a digital camera, you could take multiple shots of the same scene.

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You could take a shot that you think might not work but do it just to see what happens.

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In other words, you could AFFORD to experiment with a digital camera.

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With a film camera, you’d tend to be more circumspect.

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This means that film photography reveals your competency.

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After all, even if you could afford it, a wasted shot is wasted film.

Thanks for reading.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

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6 comments on “Street Photography: Film vs Digital

  1. philosophoenix
    July 31, 2015

    I loved seeing you in a new city through your lens.

    • eddietay
      July 31, 2015

      Many thanks! Cities are wonderful places for street photography.

  2. dehk
    July 31, 2015

    However, is there a ‘wasted shot’?

    • eddietay
      July 31, 2015

      Good point 🙂 not if you learn from it, I suppose

      • dehk
        August 1, 2015

        Well I should have elaborate. I mean if its completely blurry and not visible, that would be wasted. However as long as something came out and I supposed recognizable , it might look boring or dismal in someway, it’s still ‘time captured and recorded’ therefore not wasted.

  3. Mike
    August 3, 2015

    And another thing, using many film cameras, particularly rangefinders, is very hard work after using a digital auto everything camera. Slow photography I call it.

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