Friday, July 21, 2006

Digital or film photography?

This short article, "Wildlife photography made simpler," talks about digital vs. film photography, includes quotes from WildBird Advisory Board member Arthur Morris and falls in line with my experience via the annual photo contest. Digital entries became part of the mix in 2004, and their presence has increased dramatically. This year, about half of the entries arrived on CD.

Do you use a film or digital camera? If the latter, do you use a point-and-shoot or an SLR? Why?


Blogger Leigh said...

Ive always wanted a camera but film is a very expensive medium to learn with because every photo costs money to develop. Digital has allowed me to learn and practice with relatively low cost (not counting the purchase of the camera) I use the cannon digital rebel, it's an SLR and I bought it because it seemed like the best base for me to learn and grow with =)

July 22, 2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Bird Gal said...

I currently shoot with a Canon S2 IS. It has both automatic and manual settings, a 12x optical zoom and offers many features that SLR's don't. The Image Stabilization feature is great when sitting around waiting for a bird to pose, and I absolutely love using it with my tripod.

I've been very pleased with the pictures that I've managed to capture with it, and have framed some of them as gifts for friends and family.

That said, I'm hoping to upgrade to an SLR sometime soon.

July 23, 2006 3:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Leigh: I forgot to mention that I met the fellow at Cal's Camera who sold the camera to you.

Bird Gal: Thanks for pointing out the S2 IS. I'm not familiar with that model and might check it out.

I've been a Canon aficionado since buying a used Rebel for a college photojournalism class. I've still got a couple film SLRs in my cabinet but mostly play with a PowerShot 400 now. The immediacy of digital is WONderful.

July 24, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Shawn Kielty said...

I have a lot of cameras but mostly I use these 5 cameras.

A 20d Canon -- digital SLR

s70 Canon with a waterproof case -- Digital Point and Shoot

Canon F1N -- 35mm film

Wista 4x5 DXIII -- 4x5" film and 6x9cm film

Mamiya c330F -- 6x6 cm film

For the digital cameras I originally started with just the 20D and a few lenses -- until I was confronted with a whitewater foto trip -- prompting me toward the point and shoot with the waterproof case.

The 20d fills the niche of wildlife and action shots or portraits very nicely.

The point and shoot has a large image and fits nicely into a pocket so it's easy to tolerate on the bike.

July 24, 2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Shawn, the size of the P&S certainly is a plus. Mine lives in my small purse and goes everywhere with me, and I like being able to cinch the digicam around my wrist during events. The SLR's bulk can be a bummer at times.

July 25, 2006 10:10 AM  

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