Here's the biggest difference between film and digital cameras, and never mind everything else you've heard or read. With film, I would periodically take pictures of my own feet. I'd be sitting there in my easy chair watching TV or something, and I'd just get the urge to fondle the camera, so I'd start playing with it, and eventually I couldn't help but waste a frame so that I could click the shutter and hear its sound or feel its action or whatever. So I'd end up with a picture of my feet every five or six rolls.
It's not as much fun to fondle digital cameras. With digital, what I find myself doing is taking pictures of my computer keyboard instead. Because I'll be sitting here reading up on about this or that feature of the camera, and I'll change the settings and, of course, try a quick frame or two. But it's the middle of the night and I'm too lazy to get up, and the monitor's too bright, so I just take a picture of the keyboard. Of course I don't keep those pictures. But I'll bet there have been countless pictures of keyboards made and deleted since digital came along.
So now the next time a discussion of film vs. digital comes along, nod sagely and seriously and remember: it's feet vs. keyboards.
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Featured Comment by Harrison Cronbi: "There's a Blurb book in that, Mike. TOP readers submit their keyboard photos, you order them into themes and styles: 'full qwerty,' 'macro three-key,' 'is that thing hygienic?', 'Macbook backlight highlights,' and 'hints of cat.' I know I've got plenty, my personal specialty being 'old lenses held haphazardly in front of a micro four-thirds camera.' You won't believe the alphabetic bokeh I can achieve with my 50mm ƒ/0.75 beast."
Featured Comment by toto: "The reason we shoot the keyboard with digital these days is because we can no longer see our feet, unlike during the film days. :-)"