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Film vs. Digital Wedding Photography

Among the many decisions to make during choosing your wedding photographer is the decision between film and digital wedding photography. There are many subtle differences between the two. You may not have even noticed a difference between film and digital photos when browsing different wedding photographers online! We’re here to tell you a little bit about the pros and cons of each so you can make the best choice for you and your wedding. Plus, Gold Calendar features many film and digital wedding photographers, so you have many incredibly talented folks to choose from to capture your most special day!

Film

Tara Bielecki Photography
Tara Bielecki Photography

 

There is no denying that there is a certain magic about film photography. Hypothetically, your photographer must be incredibly skilled to feel confident enough shooting a wedding with film since they cannot check the image on a screen as they are shooting. The film photographer must know all about the manual settings of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and the various other aspects of skillfully shooting on an analogue.

Sara Lynn Photography
Sara Lynn Photography

Outdoor weddings are especially excellent for film. Film picks up detail and color beautifully in bright light, and you may end up with a better daylight image pre-editing with film. Wedding dress details, especially lace and beads, look excellent on analogue cameras since film picks up highlights and details so well. Film has an instinctual beauty that many digital photographers spend hours trying to emulate. If you love fine art style wedding photos with high depth of field then you will want to check out wedding film. A film photographer has to be mindful of each shot that they take, which means that film photographers have a keen eye and quick trigger finger. Since they know that they are paying for each photo, they really make each snap count.

 

 

Digital

Frances Photography
Frances Photography

Digital has the capability of capturing low light images with minimal grain. This is great to take into consideration depending on your venue. Getting married in a low-lit church or ballroom? Digital may be right for your wedding! Digital is also quite cheaper since the photographer does not have the extra costs of film and sending the photos to a lab to be processed. However, digital photographers are able to snap away and catch all of the candid in-between moments without having to worry about limited amount of shots. You may notice more motion shots in digital film for this reason.

Lisa Rundall Photography
Lisa Rundall Photography

As you peruse Gold Calendar’s wedding photographers, be sure to look for the differences between film and digital so you can decide on which one is right for you!