Last weekend I had the task of digging out some old family photographs. I have in my loft a box full of images in print form as well as a folder full of negatives nicely laid out in a series of Kenro negative sleeves. I also have a black folder full of slides, nestled also in Kenro slide holders. As I took a page out, held it up into the widow light I was wowed by the array of colour that I was holding all in miniature. All the colour slides simply looked stunning and during my time with film I had a go at the AGFA monochrome slide film, so I had a page of black and whites - which looked unusual but just as good. I couldn't help but compare my digital collection with the slides (as pictured) and I must admit, the slides looked, from a distance, much better then the digitals.
I must admit, the slides looked, from a distance, much better then the digitals.
However, I'm not moving back to film anytime (if not - at all) soon. Most of the slides had some information about them, exposure information and basic location. That is, if I wrote them down and spent the hours matching the data from my note book and writing the down on small labels. In the Digital world, all this information is saved with the picture - otherwise known as EXIF data.
Slides also had an half stop latitude, so you really had to be spot on with your exposures. Where as digital has 2 to 4 stops, depending on the camera. This doesn't mean you can be lazy with exposure, but with RAW data on the digital images, details can be extracted from the darkest scenes.
On top of that, I would have to wait around a week to develop the images on slide film, have them scanned to digital before I could tweak them and output them either on my blog or website or even social media sharing sites. With digital images, it only takes a few clicks.
Maybe digital imaging has taken the fun out of photography? However, with many of my slides never seeing the light of day, I think digital is the way forward - and has been for a while. But it's still good to take a look at the old slides once in a while.