2. The highlight retention. Photographers these days "overexpose". There's a reason for that! To someone who doesn't know photography, the term "overexpose" seems to mean a mistake on the photographers part. Not so when taking a portrait. To overexpose on a persons face is actually the more flattering way to capture a person! So, photographers everywhere are overexposing. This is all fine and well except for the fact that then the even BRIGHTER parts of the photo (a white dress, the bright sky), those details, get lost. At least when shooting digital. Film is so much more forgiving during overexposure. The highlight details remain- making your beading or lace on your wedding dress remain. The exposure overall in a film image is much more even- and that's a huge benefit.
3. The art of photography. I'm not saying at all that digital photographers are not artists (I shoot digital and think it's great!). But I think a little of the art gets lost when our limits on shooting know no bounds. When digital photography came about it allowed for a lot of legroom in shooting. We are able to shoot to our heart's content and then some. Shoot as much as possible *click *click *click x's 1,000 and go home and delete the bad ones. But what shooting film has done for me is that I am much more thoughtful overall. I've shot both digital and film extensively and I can say from experience that film has created a whole new artist in me. EACH click has a cost now. That means I want to make it worth it, artistically, and monetarily. That's a good thing.
4. Texture, Depth, Character. There's a depth to film. To me, and to my husband (who has a less-trained eye) it just looks more real and true-to-life. I love that there's film grain, no pixels. I love the character there. I even think the bokeh (background blur) is prettier in film.