It’s a question that gets asked a lot in the photography world. There are entire websites whose comments are filled with people on either side of the analogue vs. digital camp. At the end of the day it’s about personal preference. I’ve said it before, I shoot both formats. I prefer the look and feel of film. I don’t like spending hours in photo editing software and that’s my choice. I would rather spend hours shooting. I have seen many incredible images taken in both formats. Could I always recognize a film photograph over a digital one? Probably not. But I do know from my personal experience with my own photos, I like my film ones best and before I got back into film, I spent hours manipulating digital shots to make them more film-like.
So if we agree it’s about personal preference, we can move forward and enjoy each photograph for its own beauty. Below are three photos I took within a week of each other at different times of the day at one of my favourite places to shoot in Edmonton. It’s hard not to take a good picture from this vantage point. Two are film and one is digital. I know which one I like the best. You will make up your own mind about which one you like. That’s the beauty of any art.
These shots are in no way an honest comparison. I like each one for different reasons as I hope you do.