Film vs Digital. My internal battle with photography.

I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve gone back and forth with different cameras, films, and mediums of photography. I started with a Nikon then bought a bunch of film cameras early into shooting wedding photography. Started booking more editorial and commercial stuff sold everything and purchased a full-frame DSLR and some strobes. A few years later, I decided I didn’t want to pursue that life, sold off a ton of gear and bought a Leica M3 with the intent to rent other gear if I had a proper gig coming up. Fast forward to today, I just said goodbye to my Leica and probably film photography as a whole.

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The film photography world is quite strange, but also so beautiful. There are so many different stocks of film to try that all render different results in different scenarios. However, film is quite costly. One roll of my favorite color film, Portra 400, costs about $9 and to get that roll developed and scanned by a lab is another $15-20. That can get pretty pricey pretty fast. The cost was the ultimate reason why after switching to film and back to digital for the second time will most likely be my last. I’m happy to now photograph all day without having to fiddle about with reloading film in the busy streets or windy landscapes. Not to mention my wallet will be a little fatter too!

At the end of the day, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference. There is a vast difference between a DSLR and a medium format film camera like a Mamiya RZ67, but when comparing 35mm cameras, the difference is almost non-existent. I would argue that if you are shooting film then getting them scanned so that you can post to Instagram and claim #shotonfilm you probably missed the point. The whole appeal of shooting on film is the process. I would encourage those wanting to get into film, to develop it themselves and wet print your favorite images. Otherwise, save yourself some money and buy a digital camera.