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Photo 49, Assignment 8: Film vs Digital

This one turned out to be a fascinating comparison project. Our instructor had definitely been reading the writing on the wall regarding the future of photography.

In this assignment, we were to take out a film camera, and a digital camera, and shoot the same subjects with both. Then we were to build a layout using the shots and save two copies. One of them using the digital versions and the other using the film version, once it had been chemically developed and scanned in.

And then we were to try to get them to look the same.

I was amazed at how much more data the digital files gave me to work with. And this was using a 1.7Megapixel file! The camera wouldn’t even shoot at any higher resolution than 144ppi. The scanned in film didn't give me anything like the same amount of data, even though I had been as careful as I could be to try to get everything to the same resolution. Even more amazing was the collection of color shifts and harsh contrasts that the film produced that were nowhere to be found in the digital.

Click on the titles to see the different versions.

 

Digital

digital

Chemical

I ended up having to reshoot the whole project, because my film camera malfunctioned.

I went to reshoot, only to find that the Water Court fountain had been closed down for repairs.
For several projected weeks. Even though I prefer the second version of the project, it was a nasty shock at the time. I’ve included the digital version of the original layout.

Original

(digital)