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Digital vs. Film Photography

Before digital technology solely photographic film was used for picture taking. While digital cameras have enabled a speedier process and a lot more room for error, the quality of a professional film photograph can not be matched for the price. Hence, there are advantages and disadvantages of digital photography.

Although the price and convenience of digital photography has resulted in digital cameras outselling film cameras since 2002, we will never see film cameras become completely unavailable. Photographic film and equipment will continue to be an option for enthusiasts. Picture taking is an art form for many who would not think of going digital. They will use time and money to convert their end product to digital in order to share their photos. Much like digital users use time and money getting good prints of their photos!

Digital photography offers many advantages over Film photography;

Pictures are available for instant review. Additional pictures can be taken instantly in the event of a problem. There are virtually no costs to capturing and sharing photos via email and storing on a computer without printing. Photos can be copied from one digital medium to the next without loss of quality. Ability to print photos at home using consumer grade paper or email photos to be printed professionally. Ability to capture hundreds of photos rather than changing film after 24 to 36 shots. Increasingly common anti-shake functionality. This allows for sharper handheld photos rather than using a tripod. A smaller sensor format which allows for smaller lenses, wider zoom lenses and greater depth of field. Ability to change ISO speed settings in the middle of shooting. In film photography the ISO speed is loaded so you must change film to change speeds. Ability to convert the same photo from color to black and white, sepia, etc. Stored digitally therefore there is no risk of fading or losing photo quality over time. Ability to manipulate photos using computer software.

Disadvantages of Digital photography as compared to Film photography;

Dependence on spare batteries or access to an outlet. Film cameras do use batteries but they tend to be smaller and not drained as quickly. Most digital sensors have less dynamic range than color print film. High ISO image noise manifests as multicolored speckles in digital images in contrast to the less objectionable grain of high ISO film. This speckling can be removed by noise reduction computer software however, the removal can cause a loss of fine detail. When highlights burn out they burn to white without details. If any broad area is over exposed the image looks very poor. This effect is similar on cheap pocket cameras. Film cameras retain a level of detail as they burn to white. This mimics our eye much better than digital. This is digitals greatest downfall.

Thus the comparison leads to a choice on an individual basis only. The user needs and skill level and the advantages and disadvantages to both types of photography need to be analyzed in order to choose the better method. If you were to try and purchase a digital camera that matched a film camera feature for feature it would easily be double the price even taking into consideration the savings on film. However, the convenience that digital photography offers may outweigh quality of each individual picture for some persons.

Digital technology has enabled a speedier process and a lot more room for error. However, the quality of a professional film photograph can not be matched for the price. Review of the advantages and disadvantages will help each user choose the better camera for their needs.

Digital Camera Capabilities

There was a time not very long ago, say just 10 years ago, when we would buy and develop a roll of film if we wanted to take pictures. There were limited number of pictures that you could take and if you wanted to take many pictures you had to carry as many rolls and batteries.

Many rolls or frames would be wasted if the pictures were not of your liking; but you could do nothing about it. The money was wasted and you had to bear it. If you were a little careless then the entire roll could be exposed and thus go waste and you would be left with nothing. In the world of snap shooting, after Polaroid cameras, Digital cameras have brought about a revolution. They have completely revolutionized the way people take pictures.

Digital cameras can be called a computer accessory too because you can download the pictures in the computer and take out the print outs. You may email to any one that you wish to.

Deciding upon a digital camera isn`t easy. You need to research well. You should know what you need, what you are going to use for and what is available in the market. If you want to take pictures like a professional photographer you must know all that you can about tripods, external flash, lenses and filters.

Apart from taking still photographs, digital cameras also take video photography and capture sounds. Thus there are various categories of digital cameras like modular digital cameras for professionals and also video cameras. There are digital cameras too which are multi functional.

There is a large variety of digital cameras in the market and each one of them is different from the other. The prices vary according to the features inbuilt; hence if you are bound by a budget then it is not very difficult to select one. But if budget is not an issue then you need to select more carefully.

If you buy one with advanced features then it will be a waste of money and the same if you buy one which hasn`t got all the features that you are looking for. In any case, resolution is something that you must look out for. It must be what you need otherwise it will lead to wastage of storage space and processing power and of course money. In the beginning it was just 1 mega pixel but now it is above 10 mega pixels. This makes the picture quality superb!

If you intend to post pictures on the web or your computer or send them by e mails, a lower pixel resolution will work just well. You also don`t really need a huge capacity memory card. Even one with a small memory can perform all the functions.

There is software called Photoshop or Corel paint which allows you to make countless changes in the photos that you have taken. You may change or modify the background, and make many more relevant changes.

Digital cameras may use A size batteries or may have their own batteries which may be rechargeable. You may connect the camera to your computer via Bluetooth or Fire Wire Port. USB is another method of connecting it to the computer.

Thus there are quite a few benefits of using a digital camera and the world is fast turning towards it. The days of developing a roll are now history. The immediate gratification that you get on seeing the freshly taken pictures and the benefit of editing out the short comings make digital cameras a choice of the new generation.

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