But the most important reason I prefer film is the simplest one: I like the way it looks. Film is richer, creamier, softer…it is better than digital at expressing my point of view. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. See how sharp that picture is? I’m not denying that it’s a pretty image, but the hyper-sharpness makes my eyes hurt a little. I know this is false but I swear I can see all the 0's and 1's that make up the picture.
© Christine Han 2006
Now look at how creamy this one is. Granted, this is a Holga shot so the plastic lens is what produces what I call the "mush-factor," but even pictures I take with the super sharp Zeiss lens on my Hassy just look
(please ignore the beam-me-up-scottie ray of light there)
© Christine Han 2009
Also, I am much more thoughtful about taking pictures when I’m shooting film than when I shoot digital. Each exposure is a measured take, kind of precious, you know? And it produces a negative—something I can actually touch.
But I do shoot digital when I think it’s appropriate, and it definitely has its advantages in some situations…And it can