Digital Or Traditional: What Type Of Camera Do You Need?

July 31, 2013 General, Photography 0 Comments

Digital And Traditional CamerasBuying a camera can be confusing.

Especially as a new Photography student, you may not know what the best option for your coursework is. There are many options available on the market – both for traditional film versions and newer, digital models. If you are unsure what photography field you want to work in after graduation, the hunt for the perfect camera is even more difficult.

Start by contacting an instructor or an advisor for their opinion on camera options. Then, before purchasing your camera, read this pros and cons list adapted from professor of Mass Communications Anthony R. Curtis’s research:

Traditional Film Cameras

Some may argue that working with traditional film is more authentic – primarily because the photograph is captured in a random grain orientation, rather than on a rectangular grid like digital cameras.


  • Easy to obtain
  • Greater detail for less money
  • Easy to store – and to transfer onto a computer
  • Doesn’t need batteries


  • Must change film to change speed
  • Must know how to develop in a darkroom
  • May not be as easy to work with as a digital camera

Digital Cameras

Digital has dominated the photography industry for at least a decade now. There are more options available to students – and these options are constantly more affordable with higher-quality results and in-camera editing functions.


  • Easy-to-share photographs
  • Pictures are free (and you never have to buy film)
  • Instant feedback
  • Better in low-light settings


  • Dust can ruin the image plane
  • Must be aware of shutter lag
  • May be delicate to work with, like most electronics

At Brooks Institute, we provide a thorough foundation for digital photography. Courses you may be interested in to expand your digital photography skillset include:

  • Creative Digital Imaging
  • Digital Workflow
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Digital Processing Fundamentals

Though we emphasize traditional film techniques in our History of Photography and Photography Foundation courses, we believe that digital photography is the most beneficial medium in today’s technology-driven world.

Combined with a background in traditional photography, you can go further in our digital world. For more information, contact a Photography degree program advisor or instructor.


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