Monday, February 4, 2013

Film vs. Digital Cameras - a Comparison in Filmmaking

When I was a child my dad got a supper eight camera and shot our house movies. The house would sit at night, in the living room, while my dad put up the projector that screened our home movies. The quality of the films was poor and the audio sounded as if it came from far far away. Nostalgic as it may appear to some of us, there is not much to miss by the loss of the film format.

As a photographer I love the film format. A top-notch camera captures the light and color better than any high definition camera. The distinction can be very dramatic and the process of film improvement is very romantic. With that said, one must consideration that esthetics only goes so far. There are other factors that should be taken into consideration.

Although film is classic in my view to digital it is also more involved and not so user friendly.


When shooting challenging pictures Film is a very difficult task:

o Film celluloid does not article audio and one needs a isolate recording device. Focus is very involved and there is an further person that operates that side of the camera.

o Film needs to be advanced and can't be seen immediately unless it is also recorded on a digital device.

o Lighting can be a lot more difficult than digital because film is very sensitive.

o Reels need to be changed often in a very difficult process challenging unloading and reloading in the dark, with out the use of visual sight!

o Film material and the process of filmmaking is offensively expensive. It does not allow filmmakers to take a lot of takes and that creates more room for mistakes.

o High Cost of raw material makes it harder to secure the desired practice, hone it and jab the film industry.

o Large crews are needed for a shoot.

o Big studios have absolute control of what is filmed and what is not. That means they control the whole of films made, talents and the content.


Digital camera revolution made shooting pictures easier:

o Audio is recorded on the same strip as the film, using multiple channels.

o Digital Cameras are user friendly and viewing the materials is inherent Immediately, after a shot is taken.

o Materials are economy and allow abundance of takes. Dv cassettes cost few dollars and allow at least 45 minutes of right recording.

o Reloading a tape is uncomplicated and no "blind" custom is needed.

o Digital format is not as sensitive to light as film. Although it reduces some of the distinction and color range, it also reduces the whole of light needed.

These digital format advantages allowed a huge turn in media. Documentaries are popping out in great numbers. All one needs is a ,000, 3 chip camera and a desire to tell a story. The home computer may be a good adequate solution to edit the film and produce the sound track.

The Internet is full of Websites introducing amateur work. These amateurs have the opportunity to make films in commerce format and get discovered as talent.

Independent filmmakers are manufacture highlight films and do not need to retort to the big studios. freedom of speech wins!

Even well known directors are shooting in high definition digital format. George Lucas made the first three 'Star Wars' digitally.

The digital renaissance age is already here. Innovations are swift and rapid and if you blink once, you may miss worthwhile. For this imagine I keep a digital camera in my car, so I can article those happy moments, those extra commonplace moments, like my daughter's first steps.... At night I hook the camera to the television and sit with my house to watch the movie of our lives.


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