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Whenever I took a photography class, the teacher would always offer a 35mm film camera for me to learn on.  The difference between holding a film camera and a digital one is quite astonishing.  When I have thirty clicks in hand it automatically challenges me to make each and every shot count.  I would spend five minutes lining up a shot, checking the settings, making sure that everything is perfect before I finally push that button.  And afterwards, there is no live preview.  I just have to believe that the shot I just took came out the way I intended it and move on to a different subject.

When I first bought my digital camera, I would take ten pictures, each time re-adjusting my settings making sure that everything is fine.  I knew that I could always delete a picture or take as many more as my memory card would allow.  I wound up taking countless shots of the same pose, or of the same landscape hoping that one of them will come out.

It is that feeling of freedom that I think was detrimental to my photography.  I have the greatest admiration for any photographer who would take one shot with his camera and walk away knowing that the photograph that he took is perfect.  It is that point that I am trying to get back to right now.  To take one shot, maybe two, three if absolutely necessary but to try my best to ensure that the shots I take would not go directly into the trash after I upload them.It is so damn hard to rip off that safety blanket that the digital cameras offer but here goes nothing.

 

Please post up your experiences with film vs digital.