Film vs Digital #1: Brooklyn Navy Yard Pre 1921. This photograph was taken before the digital age and I can assume that the photographer, whom ever he or she was, probably took only a few snaps of this scenario. I would guess he/she took 10 at the most. These days with digital capabilities a photographer would take hundreds of images and only a small percentage would be good. My edit would be perhaps a tight 5-10 photos out of 100. If I was shooting film I would shoot maybe 2 rolls max. Perhaps only a roll.
So what do we have here.? One photograph that tells a story. The average digital capture of hundreds of images is a waste, albeit only zeros and ones of hard drive space. But what do you do with them? They most likely won’t be useful to anyone except your memory. Which only one photograph will do to help you recall that day.
If I went around NYC with my Rolleiflex, with 5 rolls of film and shot 50 images, I would have 50 images that will most likely be good enough to market, sell and promote myself. This is because I would take my time and shoot carefully, methodically and more creatively. If I went around with digital I would have 10 times the amount of images but they would be very average as a whole and perhaps I would have less photographs that are marketable in comparison if I had shot film. This is because digital is free and the end image becomes somewhat meaningless. Leaving you with, perhaps, useless memories and less hard drive space.