Digital Photography

With the advent of digital photography, the way we take, develop and edit pictures radically changed. Not only do digital cameras eliminate the need for film, but they also allow the photographer to immediately view the image. As a result, you can instantly tell if a shot turned out good.

In this article, we will describe all of the advantages and disadvantages of digital photography. We will also provide you with some tips that can help you take better digital pictures.

Digital Photography Tips

Here are some tips that can help you improve your digital pictures:

  • Always review your pictures right after you take them:Because digital cameras immediately render the shot you have just taken on their LCD screens, take a quick glance at it to make sure that the shot came out as you wanted it. If it didn”t, then you can quickly take another picture in the same setting.
  • Experiment with your digital camera”s different functions:One of the most appealing features of digital cameras is that they have many of the features of traditional film stored as camera settings. For example, instead of getting black-and-white film, you can select a black-and-white option on your digital camera to produce this two-toned effect. As a result, play around with your camera”s various features so that you can learn how to add variety and depth to different shots.
  • Keep extra memory cards on hand:Whether you are going on vacation for a few weeks or attending a wedding for a day, be sure to always carry extra memory cards with you. Memory cards will allow you to continue taking new pictures without having to delete old ones.
  • Read the manual: Although digital cameras are very user-friendly, they still have functions and settings that you may not know how to use. Consequently, browse through the manual when you first buy your digital camera. Also, be sure to store it in an easy-access location so that you can quickly reference it if necessary.
  • When buying a camera, evaluate all features: As you are choosing between different cameras, check out the pixel count, lens quality, format and processing system. Although many people merely evaluate the quality of a digital camera based on pixel counts, each of the above features plays an important role in producing clear, vibrant images.

While these are just a few tips, they will get you started taking better pictures in no time at all! The key to improving your digital pictures is to know your camera and to experiment with it. The more you play around with your camera”s settings, the better you will be at using them correctly to improve a shot.

Digital Photography Advantages

The following is a list of the advantages of digital photography:

  • As technology advances, digital cameras are becoming smaller and more portable, allowing you to easily carry them around in your pocket or purse.
  • Digital photography allows instant viewing of photos, allowing you to see if you captured the image just as you expected.
  • Digital photos can be quickly uploaded onto computers, sent by e-mail, posted on Web sites and printed from home computers or photo labs. Photos can even be viewed on television screens using specialized connector cables.
  • Digital photos are easier to edit and enhance (e.g., eliminate red eye, crop, etc.) than printed pictures.
  • Ongoing costs for digital photography are significantly less than film cameras, especially if most images are stored digitally and not printed.
  • Storage space on a digital camera is much larger than on a film camera, where film must be changed regularly.
  • You can select which pictures to print, rather than having to print an entire roll of film. This allows people to take multiple pictures of the same image and then choose the best one.

When to Avoid Digital Photography

Although many people have embraced the digital camera, there are some instances in which a film camera is a better choice. In fact, some photographers, especially commercial photographers, still consider film images to be superior to digital images in detail and resolution. As a result, these professionals generally use film in their work.

The following are some other reasons or instances in which film cameras are preferred to their digital counterparts:

  • Because digital cameras are more fragile than film cameras, a photographer may opt for a film camera if he is shooting in particularly harsh conditions.
  • Because of the continual advances in digital technology, digital cameras quickly become obsolete. As a result, film cameras have a longer lifespan than the digital variety.
  • Digital photography has no equivalent for infrared light, so film cameras must be used when dealing with infrared sensitivities.
  • Film is more admissible in court, as it is more difficult to alter images taken on film cameras.
  • When working in remote locations, a photographer may opt for a film camera because he doesn”t have access to extra batteries or battery chargers.

The History of Digital Photography

The origin of digital photography dates back to 1963, when a Stanford University student invented a videodisk camera that was capable of taking a photo and storing the image. From there, companies began work on numerous methods of film-free camera technology. The first digital camera was available for commercial sale by 1990, soon after compact disc technology became widespread.

Long before digital cameras were available to consumers, the technology was being used in astronomy. By the early 1980s, digital photography had almost completely displaced previously used methods.

Today, digital cameras are more popular than film cameras among the general public. However, professional photographers are still split on the issue of quality in digital versus film images, and many continue to use film cameras for some or all of their work.