Comic: The Difference Between Taking Analog and Digital Photos


Here’s Shoebox’s humorous take on the difference between film and digital photography.

Taking Pictures: Film vs Digital [Shoebox via Laughing Squid]

  • Gilles Durys

    Another difference when you have kids around:
    Film: they don’t give a damn.
    Digital: “Can I see it?”

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Perfect true.

  • rz67

    Personally, the dialogs are interchangeable.
    You can go trigger happy with film and you also can go slow and calculated with digital. I shoot film almost exclusively but I respect both mediums. Horses for courses.

  • Fra Lippi

    Digital: Look at your pictures whenever you want to. Film: your pictures are in a box somewhere.

  • DamianM

    do you really wanna see all 83 pictures of your lunch?

  • Kodachrome64

    Well talked.

  • Ariel Caudis

    Sure, but i bet you dont want to waste a photo if u shoot on film, on digital you can erase as many times you want that wont happen on digital


    im of the opinion that the average person who owned a film camera when it was the standard wasn’t the trigger happy type.

  • Federico Montemurro

    Smart balanced point of view without the fight.

  • Sonya

    I still have a roll of film I kept from HS. I’m afraid to have it developed for not knowing what is in them!

  • Duke Shin

    It’s not a waste if you know how to take a picture. Remember, we don’t need 83 pictures of our lunch.

  • Kris J Boorman

    Scan to jpeg, foo’.

  • Nathan Blaney

    The average person, yes. But some of us used gear that would blow through a roll of 36 in a couple seconds for a very good reason. I averaged 100 rolls a week for a while. Glad I didn’t have to pay for the processing.

  • Gabriele Profita

    If you averaged 100 rolls weekly there are only 3 possibilities: you worked as a photographer, you had an unlimited supply of rolls (and spare time) and never had to pay anything, you’re rich and plain crazy ;-)
    Who uses film and was born with film always takes picture more carefully, because film is limited and because there’s a cost.

  • Gabriele Profita

    Could also say your digital pictures are in some HDD or DVD somewhere and you totally forgot about them and never got them printed.

  • Ivan

    Run and develop that roll! Exposed film deteriorates with time, it should be developed as soon as possible. If you wait for too long there will be little or nothing to develop. A few years with proper storage should still be OK (but depends on the storage conditions – cold and dry or hot and humid conditions make a world of difference), decades of storage and you may get some abstract art. Develop,don’t loose your memories! And backup your hard drive!

  • 9inchnail

    That’s gonna change as soon as Apple releases it’s first camera and you have to pay 99 cent for every photo you take and want to sync with your iTunes.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Last year, I went to an air show that featured the US Air Force Thunderbirds with six rolls of 36 exposure film. I ended up using nearly all six rolls of film. I loaded a new roll of film into my camera before the start of the Thunderbirds performance and I had to reload during their performance.

    My workflow? I drop off my C-41 film or mail my B&W film off for developing. I forego getting prints and get either an index sheet or a contact sheet and have the film scanned to CD. Then I import the images to Lightroom.

    As an enthusiast, I shot 61 rolls of B&W film in 2012; using B&W film exclusively in 2012 was my 2012 New Year’s Resolution.

  • brian_x

    That’s part of why, although I had been interested in photography since I was a kid, I could never do much until I had access to digital gear. The whole Lomography thing is kind of demented, but works just fine with digital gear. (Of course, they’re about the only place to get 110 film these days, so there’s that.)

  • Goofball Jones

    You’d be wrong. My mom, who wasn’t a photographer at all, snapped pictures of EVERYTHING on a variety of point-n-shoots she acquired throughout her life. Instamatics, to whatever. We’d have piles and piles and piles of photos.

    So I just shrug when I see people today complaining about Instagram or whatever, and the trigger-happy shooter.

  • Goofball Jones

    Eventually you’ll have to come to the digital world. Photo-labs are closing down left and right. For instance, if you had a stash of Kodachrome somewhere, you’d be out of luck now.

    Though, I suppose you could just start developing C-41 and B&W stuff yourself. You should be able to pick up a lot of darkroom equipment for cheap since the world is moving on. I imagine a buggy-whip enthusiast got a lot of cheap whips when the world moved to automobiles.

  • Alan Dove

    I conditioned my child by shooting a lot of film. Unfortunately, she’s now old enough to know which cameras are which, and to believe that the ones that can’t play Angry Birds are somehow deficient.

  • Sonya

    It’s actually over 15 years ago when I was still a teenager in HS! I’ll be so embarrased!

  • Robert Grimm

    Film: I can take my pictures out of the box and entertain myself by looking at them by candle light.
    Digital: Crap! The power is out! Guess I’ll go to bed.

    Of course, you should be printing your digital pictures so they’ll survive longer than your hard drive and be visible without power, but so few people do this that the point is mostly valid.