Digital versus film......Like comparing a painting to a lithograph. Both can look good depending on the subject, lighting and "message" the photographer intends. Constantly debating "sharpness" and "resolution", both highly speculative perceptions by anyone viewing a photograph doesn't hold water when debating film versus digital.
I'm with Eric, after going digital, film isn't an option anymore. I will admit to mostly shooting editorial work versus "fine art" but today's printers and www.pictopia.com can make almost any computer processed subsea image look great.
If you're a DAN member check out page 32 of the May/June issue coming your way soon. My article has a sepia toned image on the opening page captured with a 2.0 megapixel Canon A40 camera! No additional processing and the file was barely 1 MB. Images on the facing page were taken on Kodak E100VS film (tack sharp with a 8X loupe) and scanned by the art department at DAN. Can't judge Alert Diver's paper, printing process (since Skin Diver's demise) or other factors. All I know is the digital files are consistently producing better end products , at least for me. Art Directors embracing digital camera technology and agencies will be ahead of others as they learn what file criteria is important and help educate their customers, too.
Shooting digital also encourages risk taking in ALL types of photography due to the instant feedback and cost savings. If all we want to do is duplicate Geri Murphy and Stephen Frink photos (both very good shooters who's work is constantly being pigeon-holed by editor's using the same old style shots over and over) we should all just switch to video. CFWA has been done to death and we all keep replicating it (mental note, slice my own wrist if I take one more photo like that on my next dive trip
If you look at UW magazines from Europe and Asia you will see photos unlike ANYTHING published over in the U.S. Not sure if it's other influences (art, appreciation for the simpler things in life) or whatever......I just know images I've seen in those magazines are almost dreamlike.....Very cool......
Sorry for the rant.....Digital has given me the freedom to go in new directions, especially underwater at a lower overall cost. All we need is more time in the sea to experiment.
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