technology is finding a place in almost everyone's lives. From digital
music to digital movies we are constantly exposed to images and
sound that have passed from the traditional analog domain into the
new digital formats. Digital photography is one of those formats
and is becoming more popular every year.
are lots of reasons for that popularity. Digital photographs are
incredibly versatile. You can send them to friends and family by
email, post them on a web site, transfer them to CD, store them
on your computer, and use them for slide shows which can be viewed
on your TV or computer monitor. They can of course be printed, and
not just as traditional 4x6 pictures. They can be used to make personalized
calendars, greeting cards, and even be printed on objects like coffee
mugs and t-shirts.
many people, the biggest advantage of digital photography is that
it eliminates the need for picture processing. No more trips to
the photo store – pictures can be viewed almost instantly
on the display screen of the camera. Since there is no developing,
digital photography doesn't need dangerous chemicals that could
end up in our water supplies.
big advantage of digital photos is the ease with which they can
be edited. Computer software allows digital images to be altered
in any way imaginable. They can be cropped, the colours can be changed
or enhanced, the contrast can be adjusted, imperfections can be
removed, and images can be combined to create startling new designs.
All this can be accomplished in a few seconds with just a few key
strokes or mouse clicks.
a digital camera is the best way to take advantage of all the features
of digital photography, but you can also use a traditional film
camera and convert your negatives to the digital domain. If you
are uncertain about whether or not to take the digital plunge, converting
negatives allows you to get a taste of the wonders of digital photography
without investing in new equipment. Most photo developing stores
offer this service.
cameras, however, offer so much more than film cameras. They have
a viewing screen which functions as both a view finder and a picture
viewer. This means you can preview pictures you've taken just seconds
before. If you don't like it just delete it, or if there is a section
that is good, crop it before saving it back to the camera's memory.
Many digital cameras also function as simple video recorders that
can capture video along with sound - anywhere, anytime.