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Thursday, October 5. 2006
The attitude of the scientists, at any rate, is clear. Technique exists because it is technique. The golden age will be because it will be. Any other answer is superfluous.
- Jacques Ellul, closing words, The Technological Society.
Film cameras are a mature, incrementally advancing technology. However, our market-driven media follow the action and their current darling the ever-changing digital camera gleans much press, overshadowing its stable parent. Combined with an industry which relentlessly touts its latest camera gear as having obsoleted all predecessors, this media bias intimates that digital photography has now replaced film.
There's some truth here: digicams are now put to purposes for which we once relied on film. But while a professional's choice to "go digital" usually stems from financial concerns the photography enthusiast's motivation is mainly aesthetic. Digital photography has its advantages, but if you think it's replaced film there are some things you should know. I've assembled articles here exposing various shortcomings of digital photography in hopes of balancing the current media bias and providing perspective to anyone weighing their options.
The "Digital Revolution" in photography has now been afoot about 7 years. Before that film had been photography's medium for over a century, 35mm the standard format for 50 years. Digicams now give many amateurs quick results and attractive snapshots, and high end digital equipment can speed production for pros. If your interest in photography is mainly utilitarian (a means to other ends) you probably won't find this weblog interesting or useful. But if you're attracted to photography as an art form you should understand the hidden costs digicams pose.
These costs fall into five areas:
Finally, the purpose of this blog is to provide clear and unbiased information. I collect the best sources available and try to make them more navigable. However, the use you put this information to is solely your responsibility. If something I've said is in error, please notify me by email. And if you have information to add, I welcome comments to any article, or even an entire article if you would like to write one. But opinions expressed without supporting facts would defeat the purpose and will not be retained.
No matter the equipment, good photography will always be hard work. Thanks for your interest, and may God bless your efforts in this journey,
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There are however, advantages to digital photography which film will never have. For example high speed photography in film is much more expensive than on digital equipment.
You may have a point, but the page you list on Extreme Photography refers only to film as the medium. Did you mean to reference a different source?