Wedding Photography: Digital or Film?


Right now, more and more wedding photographers are shooting digital rather than film photography. When you go to choose your wedding photographer, it’s important that you understand the differences between these types of photography. While both can produce high quality images, there will be differences in their artistic strengths as well as their cost and convenience. Here are a few things to consider.

Film Photography
Taking photographs in film is still what many photographic purists prefer to do. Artistic photographers still tend to enjoy the detail that comes out with film, especially with black and white photography. Plus, those who can develop their own photos can add some interesting effects, which can be fun.

On the other hand, though, film photography is more expensive in the long run. As the customer, you have to cover the cost of film, which can be high if your photographer is shooting a ton of wedding photos. You’ll also have to pay either your photographer or another high quality professional to develop your photos in the sizes you want, and you may not get the rights to the actual film negatives without paying extra for them. Film photography obviously takes longer to develop, as well, and it may take longer for you to get your proofs back.

Digital Photography
While digital photography doesn’t show the detail of black and white film photography, it can be manipulated easily and given lots of interesting effects. This type of photography is where many artistic types are going, as well, since they can do a lot of image editing after the fact.

Digital photography is often cheaper, and you can more easily buy the rights to your photos and print them at cheaper places afterwards if you want prints for friends and family members. Also, your photographer can take a ton of different photos, but you don’t have to keep them all or pay for them all because they don’t cost the photographer anything to take.

Mix It Up
One popular option right now is to actually mix up these two types of photography. You can have most of your photos taken digitally to save on the cost. Then, have your photographer bring a camera with just a couple of rolls of black and white film for some of your other photos. Photojournalistic pictures and some portraits can look stunning in black and white film!

Published: 08/21/2010 by Wedding Photographers


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