chapter  2
RECORDING MEDIUMS: FILM AND DIGITAL
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Photography is primarily about creating high quality images, whatever the recording medium chosen. That choice will be determined by a number of factors: client demands, hardware costs, education, and the desired speed and efficiency of communication. Both film and Charge-Coupled Device digital image capture share some common characteristics. Both record light reflections received at the image plane onto a light-sensitive medium with the objective of reproduction at some later stage. The majority of architectural photographs are devoid of any subject movement and demand the use of a tripod, thereby affording architectural photographers the luxury of using high quality slow films as their regular stock. Colour transparency film is the popular choice of most commercial photographers working in colour, and is widely used for the purpose of mechanical reproduction. It produces an original image, as opposed to a print from a negative that is necessarily once removed from the original.