Digital wedding photography is often a point of confusion among brides, as is any new technology. The same thing is happening with HD packages for wedding videography. The beauty of digital is the flexibility and technological advances that it provides. This means faster workflows (which means you get photos more quickly) and easier post production. When used effectively, corrections such as contrast, levels, colors, and sharpening can be used quickly to enhance your photos. During the day of your wedding, the photographer can take many more pictures and just delete the images that aren't needed. Instant feedback quarantees that mistakes are not seen in prints days after the wedding.
Really, digital wedding photography should be embraced as a new means to capture your day with the many benefits that it offers. But this comes with the understanding that the photographer's skill level is way more important than the hardware they use. Digital makes documentary and artistic wedding photography easier if and only if the photographer is truly a professional.
The big debate of Digital vs. Film for wedding photography can be summarized by this:
|Image Feedback||Slow - Several days||Fast - Instant|
|Number of Images||Less - Limited by ~32 shots per roll||More - from 100-1000 images per card|
|Sensitivity to light||Harder - depends on roll of film can't change without changing film||Easier - Instant change within camera sensor|
|Flash lighting||More setup time - Needs a light reading||Less setup time - Easily done with a test shot|
|Quality of Image||Better - Better than digital on average||Worse - expensive for sensors that are at film quality|
|Post Production||Slower - Requires scanning||Faster - Goes straight to the computer|