I recently took a trip to New York City. My cousin, a New York City native, rushed us first timers around all the neighborhoods he could in a 4-day time span. I brought two cameras-my Nikon D750 with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and a small Olympus point and shoot film camera that was given to me. Now I know what youâ€™re thinking, why are you shooting that cheap Ford truck of a camera when you have a perfectly good Mercedes Convertible? Let me explainâ€¦
My favorite type of photography is street photography and portraits. Walking around the streets in an unknown and very busy city, I felt uncomfortable taking around my fancy Mercedes. To me, my Nikon D750 looked like a target in terms of theft. Iâ€™m not a very intimidating person (in my opinion) so in my mind, I pictured a whole mugging scenario with my Nikon and Sigma lens gone and being out of a lot of money. The little Olympus still let me get good quality photos and still looked inconspicuous to robbers.
When walking around for hours at a time, itâ€™s almost a no-brainer to want a lighter camera, and a cheap one is even better. I can just throw my Olympus in my purse and like the old Ford truck that it is and I probably put some dents in the body. My Nikon D750 on the other hand, is cautiously carried in a big, padded Domke bag which isnâ€™t the easiest to take on the streets and gets pretty heavy after a while. I had the sore shoulders to prove it.
When photographing strangers with a smaller camera, Iâ€™ve noticed that they tend to be less intimidated when taking their photo. In a perfect world, I would have a digital high-end point and shoot camera or even a mirrorless camera to tote around so Iâ€™d have the same effect. But yet again in a perfect world, I would have a lot of money to also not be bothered if that also became stolen. I would also not feel comfortable throwing that nice of a camera in my purse.
So why even bring my Nikon D750? Well, like listening to vinyl in opposition to MP3â€™s, being in the digital age is a lot more convenient when actually taking the photos. I can change my â€œfilm speedâ€ or ISO from picture to picture rather than shoot a whole roll of film at one speed and hope the lighting doesnâ€™t change where Iâ€™m at. The Nikon D750 has amazing ISO capabilities, which are what originally drew me to the camera. Finding a roll of film above 400 speed, although doable, is rare. I can also take more that 24-36 pictures at incredibly fast speeds and pick out which photo I like instantly. I have that instant gratification. The Nikon also has built in Wi-Fi so I can post photos directly to Facebook and reassure my mother that Iâ€™m safe and having fun in NYC.
Overall, I think there are pros and cons to using both film and digital and there will always be the classic debate on which is better. For me, I have not been able to recreate the look of film with my subpar photo editing skills (I see a
with Tom Tussey in my future) and I will probably always shoot film. I believe there is a time and place for me in which type of camera Iâ€™ll be using, film or digital. I love shooting both and honestly canâ€™t tell you which one is better. What I do know is the best type of camera you have is the one that you are taking pictures with.
By Katelyn Jennings, Ellisville, MO Store
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