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i met a photographer at an event i produced in Pittsburgh (the Midnight Espresso Series). He was taking pictures of the event with a foxy digital cam and we naturally got chatty when i told him i was a photographer too. This was 2003. i told him i was exclusive with film and intentionally avoiding "going digital". He replied, "Dude...I went [digital] kicking and screaming, and I love it."
He popped a few frames of me and my friend Mavis and then showed me the shot. It was good. Then he made what was then a profound point.
"The thing about digital, is your free to just shoot. If I had my film camera, I would be looking for the right shot because I don't want to waste film, but with digital, I can play around. I'm more free."
i continued to shoot film exclusively for three more years. i would do portrait and event photography with my film and digital camera. Consistently, clients would overwhelmingly select the digital images as their faves. So, here was my solution, keep shooting both, but for portraits and events, i rock heavily with the digital. Since 2007, more and more, i shoot digital. It's nice to have both.