I live and breathe the work of my camera. Between editorial photoshoots, campaigns, commercials, personal lifestyle shots, and weddings — I’ve dabbled into various types of photography throughout my career. From lackluster senior portraits to working with big brands, like AirBnb or Subaru USA, I additionally dedicate my knowledge to the beautiful team here at Moment. Alongside my experience and practice, my gear repertoire evolves in tandem. As an artist improves their craft, so do their tools. The need to change, shift, or alter our approach is natural and, in fact, necessary.
I’ve been strutting along global landscapes with digital cameras around my neck for ages. It wasn’t until more recently, in the past few years, that I dedicated myself to mastering a photo alternative: film. The tirelessly cumbersome, somewhat archaic, and hard-to-replicate film photography medium. After snapping a few pics on a girl’s trip to Joshua Tree in 2017, being so enamored with how effortlessly the photos looked, I haven’t looked back since. I’ve dedicated myself to shooting almost entirely 35mm or medium format for personal projects, saving digital photography for larger campaigns that require a commercial status quo.
However, my perspective continues to evolve regardless of my opinion or excessive use of one medium over the other. Digital is no better than film, and film is no better than digital. I’m not a purist of any sort, and I’ll stand by that. Before the pandemic struck, my trip to South America was shot entirely on digital for fear of film getting ruined by the rampant humidity in the Amazon. Alternatively, I photographed a week-long commercial shoot for Subaru on film. Heck, I’ve done weddings on film, and I’ve done weddings on digital.
You get the point — there’s room for both.
But which one is right for you? There’s a large difference in quality, considering the various types of cameras, and an even larger difference in workflow. I’m not an expert at either, but I’m here to give you insight based on my experience and knowledge.
So grab a cup of coffee, and let's dive in.
Disclaimer: The images displayed in this article are stylized by the photographer. Eunice Beck shoots digital using Phil Chester Presets, while I used Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Portra 400. Comparing digital and film imagery is arbitrary, as film scans vary per lab, and all digital images hold unique editing processes. We are both best friends and photographers that work together quite often, and the point of these comparisons is to show you the unique styles in quality.