Digital Photography is here to stay. The demise of film photography is now very apparent as more and more companies ditch selling film. The film photographer is now becoming the 21st century version of the dinosaur. For those people out there who need convincing then read on.
Convenience is the watch word. Digital cameras are so advanced that using them is a breeze. From the complex Single Lens Reflex camera to the camera on your phone, all you have to do is point and click. If you wish, the camera will do all the work for you. Digital cameras can fit in your pocket, your purse, your glove compartment, anywhere you like. They are easy to use and only require a data card that can be used again and again.
Digital cameras give you instant feedback so save you having to wait to review that shot. If you don’t like it, bin it. It’s that simple. No more expensive failed prints that end up in the rubbish bin because the head was chopped off or the sun burnt out the image. Review the shot and take it again and again until you get it right.
What about printing? Well you can print instantly if you like. Down load the files onto the computer, choose the shots, pop in the photo paper and print. Some cameras even have the capability of just slotting the camera directly onto the printer. How easy is that? With the old film cameras you either have to finish the film and have all the photos printed or wait until you use the camera again. With a standard film camera you can’t just go out and take a couple of shots then have them printed. However with Digital you can take one photo and print it, or take a hundred and print them, the amount is your choice.
The joy of digital photography is that you can share it with others. Once downloaded onto your computer the photos are digital files. Therefore they are not only stored electronically they can be moved around in many ways. The internet, a click of a button and your photos appear on the other side of the world in an instant. They means you Aunt Sally in Australia can have instant photos of her nephews and nieces in England within a few minutes of them actually being taken.
The internet can also be used to order your photos on line, selecting the photos only you want printed.
The CD or DVD Make copies on disk and review your photos on TV or a friends computer, You can make your own film show of an event or holiday, babies first steps or that high school graduation can be shared with all your loved ones.
The Digital card, stick or pen. These can be used to carry hundreds of photos on a device no bigger than a coin. Once inserted into a USB slot or card slot on a device such as a pocket PDA, Digital Photo frame or a friend’s computer, YOU SIMPLY DOWNLOAD THE FILES AND VIEW.
Digital card capacity has become enormous, being able to hold hundreds of pictures on just one card no larger than the nail on your finger. A 1GB card can hold 800 jpeg files. Today’s modern photo software packages give you an editing studio in the shape of a standard computer. Whether it is a lap top or a large desk top model, it doesn’t matter. You can do what you wish with your photo. Remove scratches, Dim or darken, remove red eye, make people look thin or fatter and even remove the spot off the end of your subjects nose. However be careful not to alter the image too much or otherwise the picture that you took will become so remote from the actual subject that it will no longer be recognizable as the photo seen in the viewfinder.
Your photos can also be used to help your job or business, because the images are digital files it makes it easy for them to be transferred to equipment that can produce commodities such as “T” shirts, advertising material, posters plates, mugs, key rings and so forth. You can even use them in your company presentations, giving a visual aspect to the show. That always helps to keep people alert and awake.
Once you have your bought your camera and a digital card, that is all the expenditure taken care of other then printing photos. The memory card can be used many times over were as once film is used, that is it, it needs to be replaced. Film is an expensive commodity and getting more expensive by the day. This is due to the materials required to produce film and the way it has to be stored and contained. Some companies won’t even stock film anymore due to the lack of demand. The chance of finding specialized film has become incredibly difficult. Yet with digital you can produce photos in color, black and white or even sepia at no extra cost.
Technology had advanced so quickly that even camera phones now enjoy 3 to 5 mega pixels or more. The average digital camera today starts on 5 mega pixels or more with SLR cameras being well into double figure numbers. This sort of quality is far in excess of what an average photographer needs. The standards that an average photographer enjoys today are the exclusive standards that professional film photographers enjoyed only a few years ago.
Most digital cameras also enjoy telephoto capabilities giving the user so much more scope then a fixed standard lens.
Lenses are better quality and with a SLR camera you have the ability to choose you lens in order to get the best photograph possible.
Don’t be a dinosaur change to digital photography, you won’t regret it.
Digital photography has really paved way for making photography convenient and easier for all and at the same time achieving high quality photos. It just shows that there’s no better time to opt to digital photography than now.
David and Mandy Harte have dedicated their websites to give others the opportunity to learn from their experience. Their websites have tips, advice and articles that inform and show people how to help improve their quality of life. David is a keen hill walker and photographer whilst Mandy is in to health and body. Both enjoy travel and outdoor recreation. Please feel free to visit their sites and enjoy the free advice given.