Time to get up to speed about changes from 35mm film SLR to 35mm digital DSLR. A friend of mine asked me what's the difference: film versus digital? Like myself, he was a 35mm film guy who fell away from the hobby for many years. Lots of differences and changes, many are subtle. Overall there are four major changes plus something new.
Sensor replaces film, and whats a megapixel mean anyways?
"Cropped sensors" are smaller than film.
Lens "vibration control" allows more freehand shooting.
The example photo of the Michigamme River is digital. Impossible to imagine the quality to which ditgial has improved in recent years. My friend and I never expected digital to have anything close to the quality of film. What can be done digitially is very impressive and avalilable for about the same cost as film was 30 years ago.
To really understand my perspective know that I've been in and out of photography for nearly 40 years. I started shooting Kodak instamatic 110 film as a child in the 1970's. Progressed to black and white 35mm film in 1981. Learned how to make black and white prints, won my first amature contest the following year. I've shot everything imaginable on 35mm film, shot both color and B&W. Had a B&W darkroom for a number of years in the 1990's. By the end of 1996 I tried and tested most everything to be done with 35mm. A darkroom was a money pit. Film,, papers and chemistry was expensive. And worse still my photos were becoming repetitive. My photos were derivitives with respect to themselves. So I quit.
Understanding my background explains why the example photo is so amazing to my photographer's eye. The photo is as shot, no retouching. I still shoot with the decipline of a film photographer, get the shot right when you are in the field, no edits later. But in digital a person gets to enjoy immediate feedback on the shot. Not right the first time, know right away, make corrections and try again. Shoot until its right.
Now I'm back. There is so much more fun. Digital photography or film its still a money pit. Probably costs more money now than 20 or 30 years ago. My B&W darkroom is replaced by Adobe Lightroom. Paper prints in albums are replaced by Flickr.com Large prints for artwork are made by folks such as Zazzle.com.
The underlying methods used to capture photos remain the same. The only real difference is camera sensor replaces the film. Pick a camera, choose a lens, compose a shot and expose the sensor. The options to expose have changed. The options to edit after exposure has radically changed. Even the way to choose film ISO and film tonal color has changed.
I'll elaborate in future essays. My explanations will provide more questions than answers. I'll start your exploration between about the differences between 35mm film and digital photography. Who knows where your exploration will lead.