For some unknown reason, I have gotten the reputation for being "Anti-Digital" or some sort of "old school" digital hater around here. I can't imagine why. Is it because I started a thread titled "Digital Sucks"? Gimme a break. sheesh. The truth is, I have this intense love/hate relationship with not only digital imaging, but most things digital and I figured it was time to open a discussion about it. I had already been thinking about it, but a thread in the After Hours area prompted me to go ahead and do it. So, here it is as I see it... What I love about digital Being able to shoot a job, go back to the computer, do whatever editing and correction is required, burn a disc, and get paid. No more making sure I buy enough film, get it processed, get it scanned and so on. Not having to worry about the additional out of pocket cost to shoot extra stuff. Not having to be concerned with archiving film. Archiving image files is a lot easier, plus they are generally easier to find 10 years later. What I hate about digital The misconception that digital automatically equates to quality, whether it be image quality, creativity, suitability for reproduction, etc. The staggering amount of ignorance regarding digital reproduction. Ex: When I go to a digital pre-production place to get some scans, and even they don't understand that dpi doesn't really mean anything. It's the actual pixel dimensions that matter. When people continually insist I take shots from their web site to use on another web site or even for publication. I could go on forever, but I'll stop there. The (in my opinion) severe misbelief that the speed of digital is generally an aide in learning photography and visual creativity in general. My experience is that when it takes less effort to "learn" people generally learn less completely and are less inclined to truly understand. The belief that film is of no use anymore. That it is some quaint blast from the past. The belief that digital eliminates the need to do things right in the first place, since everything can be "fixed" on the computer or by pushing a button on the camera. Ex: shooting under different light sources by changing the white balance, the greatest photo scam of all time. The fact that I am virtually forbidden to shoot film, even when I know it is the way to go, because the general perception is that there is no longer any reason to shoot film. The misperception that digital imbues the user with talent and creativity. I know this is kind of a repeat from the first one, but it bears repeating. So, that is really where I stand. I was a bit surprised when I did a few shots on film last month (my first film shoot this year!!) and realized all the extra running around it would take. It was a pain, but it was still right for the job and the results showed it. Go ahead, skewer me with disagreement.