Photography in archaeology: Film or Digital?

Just a quick link to Colleen’s poll at Middle Savagery, where she’s taking a poll from archaeological professionals on whether people still use film photography for archaeology (or you could go directly to the poll here).

The poll got me thinking about the amount of photography I’ve had to do for my research. At the current count, I have taken 7,892 pictures which works out to be about 219 rolls of film (35mm x 36 exposures); with a redundancy factor of about 3 (as in I take 3 pictures of every shot I take), that’s about 2,630 images or 73 rolls of 35mm film. Viva la digital!

Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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