The wave of digital photography


Popularity of photography among today’s generation is reaching new peeks. With digital photography leading the way, one may wonder why film photography has fallen out of touch and become something labeled as “vintage?”

After having the pleasure of speaking to Richard Gross, the Photography instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College, he explains that digital photography “is just easier.”


Richard Gross has been known to be a little eccentric at times, but he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to photography. In fact, he is currently teaching me a thing or two as I am taking his Photography Art 131 class. Born in Wisconsin, Mr. Gross has taught photography for 30 years, including 13 years at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona.

“I appreciate the interest in film photography, but I like to use and educate with digital photography more than film because it is less expensive and easier to study the basics with a digital camera.” says Mr. Gross about whether he prefers digital or film photography.

Film also requires an extra expense due to the need of supplies for a darkroom, as well. Digital photographers use a camera that is free of the expense of film, and a darkroom despite their higher market costs. Although, digital photography requires editing pictures with photoshop at times, websites like offer free downloads of photoshop to anyone to make photography more affordable.

Some may say that film photography is more challenging and rewarding given there is less exposures, and less technology involved, thus becoming more satisfying. In the end, as long as you know what you’re doing with either, you should be just fine.

Mr. Gross leaves us with this last reflection. After asking him what advice he would have for a photographer just starting out, he said, “It’s kind of like going to the gym. People expect results in one day, but if you keep at it and don’t give up, you’ll eventually be where you want to be.” Which type of photography do you enjoy?

Special thanks to Mr. Gross for finding the time to allow me to interview him.

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3 thoughts on “The wave of digital photography

  1. I think your article is very well written. You include an expert source that is from the college and that was very well done. You also explain why film isn’t used any more as opposed to just using a digital camera. I also like that you could download a program that is similar to photoshop. Your article convinces me that digital photography is less costly that a film camera. I think that a place where you could improve is maybe using pictures that you have taken. Whether it’s one you took to compare the film and another picture that uses a digital camera.

  2. I really enjoyed the article as it was very articulate, and made you ponder what exactly the difference between digital and film photography are. It makes you wanna go and do some research on the pros and cons of both! Your interview article is also resourceful to those who are eager to start photography but on a low budget. What I learned is a new way of looking at photography with Mr. Gross saying how it’s like going to the gym; it makes it easier to really go about things.

    My only suggestion would be to be a little more careful with the word count. I know she’s being a bit lenient about it this round, it goes beyond the 250 word count, so I don’t want you losing points! I also understand how difficult it is to be a bit more concise – that was my issue!

  3. I really enjoyed your article. You incorporated the expert source very well. The compare and contrast of digital versus film photography was a good topic. I liked how you explained why film photography is still being used in our technological advanced lives.

    The only suggestion I would make it also the word count. It is hard to get your point across in such a limited word count. However, just try and focus on the most important points you’d like to make. Overall, great article that opened my eyes to the differences in these two types of photography.

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