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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