Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by danalec99, Jun 14, 2004.
Do you foresee a day when digital photography takes over the film on a wide scale?
no shut up!!
just kidding... maybe it willl...dunno!
digital is a consumer fad
for people who either don't like to wait, or don't know how to develop their stuff
and i looove it!
but it's simplicity sacrificed for an intense complexity wrapped in a deceptively small package, which is... just wierd.
It's well on it's way. Just as roll film dominated sheet film, and plastic sheets of film dominated glass plates.
I believe that someday there will be very compact digital cameras that will be able to do image captures on par with 8"x10" sheet film. It is possible that the capture itself will be quite different than how we think of it now. For instance I can imagine a day when the photographer takes the pic, which is actually more of a four dimensional (height, width, depth, and time) rendering of the scene, and then is able to easily manipulate things like DOF, perspective, plane of focus, point of view, angle of view, maybe even shutter speed motion effects, and more in Adobe Photoshop version 56.3. These cameras will be built into sunglasses, watches, even installed in the photographer.
All that said, there will still be many photographers who enjoy using such "alternative techniques" as film. The digital revolution already appears to have stirred up a lot of interest in techniques that are currently considered alternative or old fashioned.
Film will always be around to some extent. Film still handles highlights a million times better than the digital.
That is what I used to think too. But considering image quality and sensor size are still very much hand in hand, it's a long while off. And I'm not sure there will ever be a compact digital sensor that competes with 8x10. At least not in our lifetime.
My Dad told me 10 years ago that I'd never fill up my 70mb hard drive in my lifetime
You mean it already hasn't...?
eh, why would you want that.
you can already do all that, but why is condensing it all to a single... (image, rendering, instance, file?) desirable?
I think that digital is a wonderful tool but Voods is right. Highlights are so much better with film. As much as I love my 10D, there will always be a huge place in my heart for film.
I'd say it was absolutely inevitable, probably within a decade easily.
That's a little like saying cars were a consumer fad for people who couldn't be bothered to look after horses.
A fad is a trend that has more to do with fashion than practicality, and fads usually die out. I don''t think that digital photography is a fad.
Film handles highlights better now, but who's to say that it will still do that in future? I'm willing to bet that in 10 years time we'll have digital cameras that handle highlights every bit as good as film does.
Even if film still does a couple of things better than digital, are those advantages worth keeping? Many people who are interested in music still claim that vinyl sounds better than CD, but walk in to any mainstream music store anywhere in the western world and how many vinyl albums are on sale? The advantages of CD simply outweigh any disadvantages that it gives to vinyl.
I don't think film will disappear completely, there will stil be amateur enthusiasts and photography artists that will want to use it for one reason or another, and there'll still be a handfull of companies in the world that can turn a profit by supplying this relatively small and specialist market, but as far as the mainstream goes I think film is heading the way of the vinyl album.
It has not, at least yet! By wide scale I meant pros like you. I was not meaning the point and shooters!
Oh, if you're only talking about pros and enthusiasts then please ignore most of my previous post. I was thinking about photography in general rather than one specific area
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