Digital vs. Analogue Photos


When I was traveling, I tried to compare the photos taken by a digital camera and an original film camera, specifically a Lomo LC-A+. Why don’t we play a little game by guessing which photos were taken by which camera?

From left to right: A photo taken with a digital camera, and a photo taken with Fujichrome 100 Sensia

See! It’s easy to tell the difference! Software can make your photos resemble a film photo, but a film shot at a different ISO can get a totally different result. How can this be replaced by a software-application?

The upper left corner: 64 TYPEII, the lower right corner: CT PRECISA AGFA (E TO C)
Left: Kodak ISO 200
Upper part: Lomography Redscale 100
Lower left: Lomography X-Pro Slide 200; Lower right: Kodak ISO 200
The lower part: Fuji Pro 160S
Upper left: Fuji 64T TYPE II (E TO C); Upper right: Agfa Precisa CT (E TO C)
Right: Agfa CT Precisa (E TO C)
Left: Agfa CT Precisa (E TO C)
Right: Agfa CT Precisa (E TO C)
Left: Agfa ISO 400
Left: Fuji 64T TYPE II
Left: Fuji Sensia 100
Right: Lomography Redscale 100
Left: Agfa Vista 400
Left: Agfa CT Precisa
Left: Agfa 400
Left: Agfa 400

I have to say, digital cameras are convenient, you can see your results immediately, and you can even take another one if your last photo is unsatisfactory until you get the perfect angle, perfect lighting. I love film, but at the same time, I can’t ignore the advantages of using digital cameras. I don’t intend to change your mind and views on digital photos and analogue photos, but I just want to show you the varying results, based on different kinds of film, cameras, exposure times, and weather conditions.
at using different kinds of film and cameras in different exposure times and weather conditions can

The only thing I can say is: The Future Is Analogue!

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written by bigbird on 2012-03-22 #people #lifestyle #hong-kong #asia #hk #film-travel #india-canon30v-lc-a-sony

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  1. emkei
    emkei ·

    thumbs up! :)

  2. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    Well, I have to say that some were a bit more difficult as you said yourself, but what you see very well in this article is that film shots look much more vivid and way more intersting than digital shots- I still agree that both ways have their conveniences (plus I really need to get another LC-A because I miss having a snapshot camera so much) :)

  3. arigatomrrobato
    arigatomrrobato ·

    Great article! Gonna share this on facebook :)

  4. hakimbo05
    hakimbo05 ·

    AWESOME! like @arigatomrrobato,
    Im gonna share on facebook too!

  5. exquisitenat
    exquisitenat ·

    Your pictures make me miss India!

  6. vici
    vici ·

    Fantastic article!

  7. bigbird
    bigbird ·

    Thanks all !!!!

  8. gv
    gv ·

    Really excellent to have these side-by-side shots. It's not about "which one is the better picture". Instead it's about "which picture do I prefer to look at". Film every time.

  9. jacobnperry
    jacobnperry ·

    Fantastic article, this is something I've always wanted to do, comparing the two mediums.

  10. dunkeldegu
    dunkeldegu ·

    Yes, digital and analogue have both their advantages, and it's cool to see that pictures side by side, but at special occacions, such as a friends wedding I will always stick to analogue.

  11. radiactive
    radiactive ·

    Nice article!

  12. radiactive
    radiactive ·

    Nice article!

  13. vintage_heart
    vintage_heart ·

    Sweet article...

  14. cutebun
    cutebun ·


  15. mgf
    mgf ·

    well written!

  16. mateja
    mateja ·

    Great article!

  17. farbanomalie
    farbanomalie ·

    You completely forget that digital photos aren't "developped". Shoot Raw, step into the digital darkroom afterwards and you will get more pleasing results than flat and boring looking pics.

  18. scarletmind
    scarletmind ·

    wow! congrats for this article! it shows the difference very well :)

  19. mikaya
    mikaya ·

    super article! very interesting

  20. mtthwnvk
    mtthwnvk ·

    As much as I love shooting film, I still love shooting raw. This article would be much different had the digital photos been processed by someone who has honed their craft in alien skin exposure or vsco. I'd be much quicker to argue the longevity and latitude of film images and film before color grading

  21. t0m7
    t0m7 ·

    Great article! X-Pro rocks so much!

  22. dkformsma
    dkformsma ·

    I don't necessarily agree with this article. Like others said; it's a whole different story when you shoot in raw. Let alone know how to properly use a digital camera.

    And what kind of digital camera did you use? Did you do any settings yourself or just shot the shots with the 'automatic' button?

    As much as I love film... I love digital just as much. They just serve different purposes.

  23. kkpoon
    kkpoon ·

    Films always look more Stereoscopic

  24. chipmunk
    chipmunk ·

    Funny an interesting article, allthough I must agree with @dkformsma

  25. sarca
    sarca ·

    I like both way. I really enjoy shooting with my DLSR even if analogue has its charm.

  26. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Nice article! Film winssss! :)

  27. wira_cihuy
    wira_cihuy ·

    really inspiring articles, make me more love analogue :)))

  28. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    i prefer instagram and some others apps in iphone nowdays.instant result :)

  29. dazb
    dazb ·

    Apply some "xpro" or "redscale" post-processing effects to the digital shots; or use a boring plain vanilla negative film for all shots and it will almost be a fair comparison! Or use Instagram/Hipstamatic/Digital Harinezumi to take the digital shots, then compare with film shots...

  30. bytchfound
    bytchfound ·

    FILM WINS! Though Digital is really convenient. :)

  31. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Film wins!

  32. mishika
    mishika ·


  33. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    great article, love it.

  34. weihsuan
    weihsuan ·

    Quite an unfair comparison, most shots are cross processed - which of course results in high saturation, contrast and color shifts.

    Perhaps best to do comparison between color negatives and digital. both straight out from scanner/digital camera.

  35. inine
    inine ·

    great article!!!

  36. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    films & analogue FTW!

  37. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    Cross processing is basically the film version of photoshopping, you could obtain the same results. Although if you used un cross processed slide film and compared to uneditted digital films the film would win hands down. And if you compared Black and White film (not C41 process) with black and white digital then there would be no comparision film would easily win, same goes for infared films.

  38. welland
    welland ·

    This is awesome thank you

  39. welland
    welland ·

    To be fair even if he shot on a normal digital camera on auto thats still a leg up on the analogue camera.

    Im guessing the digital camera cost about £100, how much did the analogue one cost?
    The digital camera had made lots of corrections with light and focus whilst pressing the button. The analogue was (presumably) manual.

    So in effect they are both point and shoot.


    Every time.

  40. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    I did something very similar on my blog, its so interesting to compare... the variations in film and cameras are so much more exciting than you get with digital.

  41. trychydts
    trychydts ·

    A fascinating article.

    I have shot tons of picture in digital (with various Canon DSLRs, strictly in RAW format). When I do paid jobs, I usually stick to this medium for many reasons -- safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness are just three of them. I still have to agree with you that achieving the dramatic effects of film is still very difficult in digital. An analogue camera with one specific fim is much less versatile then a digital camera -- however, if you choose your film correctly for the given occasion, you can reach much better qualities. A digital photo is created from blue, red and green dots by algorithms; this technology still has a long way to go (something must have to be done with noise -- to mention just one of the inherent errors of digital picture). Analogue photography is much more sophisticated; if you wish to go for top quality, or digital is not really an alternative. If you want to go for dramatic effect, and do not mind to spend some money, analogue is the better choice for the point-and-shoot photographer.

  42. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    David LaChapelle & Terry Richradson should read this =D

  43. arielc
    arielc ·

    For me, film wins. Why? It's a matter of what picture would I love to see the most. Of course, I love the fact that digital (in my case, a Nikon D3100) can bring me instant satisfaction (or a heartbreak!); but, even the best pictures taken with digital, side by side with analog pictures, are a tad boring to look at. Analog pictures, the best of them, can make me want to look at them over and over.

  44. ergre
    ergre ·

    I think the biggest thing to take away from these examples is that digital cameras have automatic white balance correction and film does not. If you like you can also change the white balance settings on your camera.

  45. mancepoperes
    mancepoperes ·

    Just looked at a few of your pictures (: i'm really pleased i reached task shadow you. You're fantastic!

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