I am new to photography. I will be taking classes on photography soon (starting January) and I have the choice of focusing on digital or film photography. The photographers whose work I very much admire (Michael Kenna, Alexey Titarenko - look them up if you aren't familiar with them) worked in b&w film. I own a digital slr. Do you feel that it's necessary, or more true to the medium as a fine art, to learn to work with, develop, etc. film? I'm not proposing a digital vs. film type of thread - I'm more interested in getting opinions on whether some techniques are only possible with one or the other. Input would be greatly appreciated.