Digital photography is prolific, easy, a great learning tool and, once you get all the gear, cheaper, so why do I still prefer film? I get asked this over and over again.
1. I prefer the look of film. It is different than digital. Digital is pixels, film is grain.
2. A film shooter has to understand exposure and shutter speed very thoroughly. Although film is thought to have a wider tonal range than digital, meaning it is more forgiving, you still have to get the highlights and shadows, or the information of your photo on the negative or transparency because you can’t fix it in Photoshop. If the film isn’t exposed correctly, then you don’t have the image.
3. I prefer the look of the final prints particularly from black and white negatives and particularly on Gelatin Silver Fiber paper. These images have an iridescent quality to them. Why? They are printed on silver particles that are embedded in the cotton fibers of the paper. It also guarantees they are archival and that they will be around for your grandchildren.
When I was a news photographer covering floods, tornadoes, evictions, anything where people had to leave their house. What was the first thing families grabbed as they are being evacuated? Family photos. You want these photos to be around to remind you of all the good times.
From 2011 http://stocklandmartelblog.com/2010/01/06/pro-photographers-who-still-use-film/
From 2012 http://www.pdnonline.com/features/The-Future-of-Film-5631.shtml
Decline in the worldwide film sales slowing
From 2013 http://www.shootingfilm.net/2013/09/10-active-film-photographers-who-are.html
Great examples of film photographers