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Analogue photography costs less than digital

Updated: Mar 23

​I love film. I'm a HUGE fan for many reasons, and my approach means that I spend considerably less than when I shot digital.



The transition from digital to analogue was relatively seamless, but for many I heart it can take time to achieve a decent success rate.

I believe that my considered approach as a digital photographer is what made the transition to analogue, seamless.

When I first started to teach myself photography, I worked in manual mode because I wanted to have full control of the outcome of my images. I taught myself to shoot perfectly straight; which soon became second nature. I practiced and studied every day, and looked at other photographers work, how they framed their shots, the direction of the sun, and how light influenced an image.

But then, in 2017, when I was still shooting weddings, I was dissatisfied with the authenticity of skin tones and greens. Digital's dynamic range meant that details were lost in highlights or shadows were flat, and it was not practical to image-stack varying exposures during a wedding. I have never been a fan of distortion either, so wide and super wide angle lenses have never been part of my repertoire, nor have I ever been a fan of certain colour finishes. Turning up the colour saturation dial had become part of my routine along so very many other photographers, and tack-sharp images from foreground to background seemed to be a bit of an obsession for many.

I looked at them all in my desire to pinpoint what it was I was seeking. Before long, I realised that I wanted to create authentic images with a romantic aesthetic.


Breakdown of costs based on a final gallery of an average of approximately 70 images.

Digital generally requires more external hard drives to store captures created in camera, memory cards, editing software such as LightRoom and Photoshop.

Professional photographers tend to upgrade to the newest camera model every 3 years, and upgrade to the latest photo editing platforms.

The table below comprises of digital and analogue photography kit price comparisons:



Canon Mirrorless R3 x 2


Canon RF 50mm f1.2 USM


Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8L IS USM


Canon RF 100mm f2.8 Macro IS USM


Canon RF 70-200mm f2,8 IS USM


Post Processing Software/s

£ 350.00/yr

Memory Cards Pro 32GB x 2


Digital Captures in camera




Canon EOS 1V 35mm SLR x 2


Canon 50mm f1.2 USM


Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8L IS USM


I do not use this lens

Canon 105mm f2.8 Macro IS USM


Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS III USM


I do not use this lens

Post Processing Software/s


My images are untouched/as-is when captured on film

Rolls of film per shoot x 2


Pro Film Lab Processing + P&P


I would love to hear your perspective on the above. Feel free to connect with me via the form at the base of this article.

Thank you.


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Oct 17, 2023

I love Gina's aesthetic. So enchanting & poetic.

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