Photo Life 6: Digital vs. Film - A Visual Comparison

Photo Life 6: Digital vs Film | Azzari Jarrett

Wisteria is blooming all over this time of year.  I recently captured digital images with my Fuji XT-1 and 35mm lens and my Nikon F100 and 85mm lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400

For this installment of Photo Life, I thought this would be a good exploration of digital vs film images.  And for the record, this is not about which medium is a better - I enjoy shooting with both.  And you are forewarned - this is a photo heavy post!

Let's take a look at the digital captures first.

Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett

No post processing with these digital images - I set the camera to overexpose by +1.  They are crisp, clear, and capture the morning light beautifully.

And here are the film images, captured on Kodak Porta 400.

Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett

Once again, I didn't make any adjustments make to these film captures after scanning. These images were taken at the exact same time of day.  They are more muted, grainy, and soulful.

Deciding which camera to use all depends on my mood and what I want my resulting images to portray, as you can see in these captures. 

There is no right or wrong.

Capturing the feeling of the moment or shadows and light, almost always means I reach for film. Crisp and clear, and capturing a certain point of view means that I reach for my digital camera. 

Always remember to have the resulting images in mind.

Do you have a preference? 

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And as always, please let me know if there is a topic or question you would like addressed in this series. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.