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The Pro's & Con's of Conventional and Digital Wedding Photography

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Digital vs Conventional Summary
We have spoken a lot about the technical aspects, but on a more practical note some other things are worth considering.

Any form of image manipulation will up the price regardless of whether it is done digitally or via a scanned conventional file – however, on the whole digital photography is largely the same cost as conventional.

A conventional photographer will usually take longer to set up the shots ensuring that everything is perfect, whereas a digital photographer will snap away happy in the knowledge that they can instantly view the results and if they are not satisfied simply go again – a good aspect, although be aware that you are pretty much constantly on camera, so try not to pick your nose!

Finally, it may be wise avoiding a photographer who has literally just made the switch to digital. Anyone who has used a digital camera will be aware of the menus and functions hidden within them and you want a cameraman who is confident with his equipment, not one who is fiddling on with it all day.

Undoubtedly, digital photography offers stunning images equal if not better than their conventional counterparts. The ability to modify, present, and view as you go along are obviously wonderful plusses, and the similar cost is an added bonus. In a few years, we would be surprised if the majority of Wedding photographers hadn't embraced the technology, but in the meantime, whilst digital equipment is still evolving and conventional equipment offers roughly the same quality but with greater choice of supplier, then perhaps it is fair to say that it is a fine balance.


As with most Wedding matters, think about what you really want and find someone one who can supply it - whether they use digital or conventional methods, it doesn’t really matter.



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