Re: Digital Color
For the past five or six years everybody's been talking about film vs. digital, but I'm having more of an issue with color vs. B&W than I am with film vs. digital. There's not much doubt in my mind that digital is better for color than film ever was, at roughly comparable levels of comparison. That is, if you compare 35mm SLR color to 6-mp DSLRs, large-format film to medium-format digital backs, and film point-and-shoots to digital ones, digital color's better. But B&W in digital is not satisfactorily resolved yet. Film still has more than just an edge, albeit at a heavy cost in hassle.
But digital's combination of good high-ISO quality with anti-shake technology is allowing me to take better pictures, period. Well, not period, because you do have to take into account the kind of pictures I take! This one, for instance, was taken in fading dusk light from a window at a kitchen sink. I don't think I would even have tried it on film. Plus, I took it on Tuesday and delivered prints on Thursday, with minimal time and effort spent on it in between. And with something like this printed large, I get more comments/compliments from non-photographers than I ever got with film—including comments specifically about technical quality.
Still, I miss B&W.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON