Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Advantages Of Digital Photography

Honestly, the clear quality of the images on the new digital cameras and the time limits that are so vitally important in the newspaper industry and other media houses, have made digital photography the norm with most professional news photographers. So many amateur photographers have actually adopted the digital camera as their camera of choice. They indeed enjoy the convenience of sending photos by email, being able to put them on the web and displaying them in digital picture frames. It is a well known fact that many cell phones now have digital cameras included in them, even though the tiny lens size of these phones reduces the quality and clearity of the pictures and therefor making them quite unsuitable for making prints.

Another thing to note is that the quality of pictures taken on even the best digital cameras is not considered to be anywhere near the quality of regular film. Therefore, many commercial photographers and even some artistic amateurs resist using digital technology for their photography purposes. Film also has a much greater resolution than even the best of digital projectors. Some other professionals have embraced with enthusiasm the digital cameras, believing that the lower long term costs in flexibility outweigh the initial high costs.

Nevertheless, unlike film photography, which requires constant expenditures to update and maintain equipment, nearly all expense in digital photography is the initial cost of the equipment. However, film equipment do last longer and does not become obsolete as quickly as digital cameras. Many professionals have changed to digital photography because of the advantages of editing on a computer. This includes the ability to balance the color and manipulate images in a way that are not possible with conventional film photography.

However, the increasing popularity of products such as digital photo frames and canvas prints is as a result of the increasing popularity of digital photography. Moreover, some commercial photographers and amateurs interested in artistic photography, have been resistant to using digital rather than film cameras because they believe that the image quality available from a digital camera is still inferior to that available from a film camera and the quality of images taken on medium format film is near impossible to match at any price with a digital camera.

Moreover, the film photography requires continuous expenditure of funds for supplies and developing, although the equipment itself does not outdate so fast and has a longer service life. To be honest and realistic, what is not commonly understood is that digital photography and photos that speak directly to the customer is a critical and absolutely part of print communication. Infact, a further disadvantage to digital photography is the need to have electrical outlets to charge batteries on digital cameras.

Finally, digital cameras are also much more sensitive to climate, extreme cold, and moisture than standard cameras, which cause photographers who work in remote areas to prefer the more conventional film camera. Some fear that the changing technology of computers will eventually make the digital photography taken today inaccessible in the future. Digital photography in the courts is also held to be very questionable because of the inability to prove really the authenticity of the photographs.

Obinna Heche: Los Angeles, CA

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1 comment:

The Astral Cowboy said...

I feel that there are certain uses where film photography is still best including those you mentioned. Another is architectural photography.

On the plus side, the artistic manipulations available through digital are remarkable.