Digital or film? plus questions....

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  1. Dubie

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    What do you prefer?

    If you use digital, this gets rid of the use of a darkroom, correct?

    What program do you use for your pictures? I keep hearing about photoshop.

    Do you develop and print your own pics at home or do you take them to a lab?

    I just bought the book everyone told me to get....Understanding Exposure and it's a great book and helps us newbies a lot.

    Sorry for running you through all the questions!:blushing:
     
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    I prefer digital, though I have a film body as well. Photoshop is the digital darkroom equivalent and is what I use. You can do all the post processing w/ it that you can in a darkroom for film, so no it doesn't get rid of the process. I send my files to Mpix generally, b/c of the quality they produce and for the price, I couldn't do it myself that cheaply.
     
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    right now film, i want to learn on a fully manual film camera before i go buy an expensive dslr. I get my film developed at a photography store
     
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    it depends on the project,

    i do my own development of film and printing in my own darkroom.
     
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    I am so much more happy with my digital, because of the fact you can see what you have as soon as you take the picture, and you can get a feel on the LCD of how the light and the distance, and all the surroundings are having an effect(or lack there of) on your shot.
     
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    Either way, when you get prints, 99.9% of the time they will be done digitally. Almost everywhere uses a neg scanner and prints on a digital photo paper from a lightjet, lambda, or any of the other digital photo printers.

    Film has more latitude than digital, but if you work out exposure, you should be able to avoid that limitation for the most part.
    Dug
     
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    I use both. There's something digital can't do yet if ever. Two different mediums for two different purposes.

    The process for both is the same:
    1) Take photos
    2) Develop either in chemicals at a lab where they often adjust things like brightness and contrast for you, or do it at home. For digital you really should "develop" them yourself in a "digital darkroom". Photoshop is over mentioned here. It's the bees knees of image editing software but it is far overkill for photography. Photoshop elements is more than sufficient feature wise. But still very useless when you handle loads of images and what not. Adobe Lightroom is a more integrated digital darkroom which allows you great flexibility to do everything you would need with photos short of getting artsy. And if you want to make art you can always export the photo to another application like photoshop or the free but capable alternative GIMP.
    3) print. I take it to the lab regardless if it is film or digital.
     
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    When learning about photography I have found that a dSLR is the shiznat as far as the learning process goes. Unless of course you're trying to learn the art of the film darkroom. The LCD is instant confirmation when actively learning the art of photography and what your camera is about; there isn't any waiting for the prints to come back from the store and taxing your "elephant" brain on what your were trying to achieve w/each specific photo. For some reason I think of film as a romantic:hug:::confused:art--perhaps, we are watching the "old days" develop for the history books.

    have a good one
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    Currently I shoot film because I can't afford the "entrance" cost into Digital. I do have a Fuji S5200 thats my fathers that I play in manual with though.

    When I get the money I plan on developing my own film and possibly getting a Neg scanner and a Printer.
     
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    I started with film in 1965 and went total digital in 1999. Currently I am getting back into playing with film medium format but scanning the negs to merge into my digital work-flow.
     
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    What would that be?
     
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    I shoot and find enjoyment in both. I generally do B&W in film though.

    Nope.. It just moves you from the wet darkroom to the computer darkroom. I can spend hours and hours in either.

    Photoshop CS. Photoshop is pretty much the leader in the market but there are others that are just as capable. A lot of cameras come prepackaged with Photoshop Elements which will satisfy most consumers out there. Photoshop elements is also significantly cheaper than a full blown version.

    I do both. I have a wonderful high end Epson scanner and printer to my disposal. I also have a small wet darkroom for B&W only. I enjoy using them when time permits. For bulk prints (or if time doesn't), I'll send them off to mpix or a local lab (usually mpix for digital and local for negatives).

    I found reading books strickly on the technical aspects of photography quite boring. I learned mostly through experimentation which was very satisfying. A book that I did like was "Shoot", Liz Harvey. It has short and concise articles on a particular topic.... it would take 5 mins to read a single article and the rest of the time experimenting with the topic.


    No problem... the people here enjoy it.... One tip though. Stop bolding your entire post. thank you.
     

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