Monday, April 11, 2005

The Boom of Digital Cameras

Technology evolves everyday, and as it evolves, it captures the fascination of many who want to take part in the boom of its use. This trend can be seen in the use of digital cameras across the globe, where many used to the point-and-click of their traditional film camera to dictate how many pictures they could take at a given event, are now free from the confines of film to take hundreds or even thousands of pictures in one sitting. As the technology of digital cameras increases, so does the amount of people indulging in their use.

There are three types of digital camera divisions: Those who use them, those who won't use them and those who use them while still using their film cameras. Those who use them typically use them on an almost daily basis taking pictures of their life, their work of just their goings-on during the day. Then, those who won't use them are traditionalists who believe in the merit of film and the development process. Finally, those who use both enjoy the facets of digital camera technology while still maintaining a healthy hobby of film use and development. As digital cameras have become more popular, it's been shown that more people are apt at going completely digital as opposed to using both, but those who decide not to take part of the technology boom are also ad odds with those who have taken to digital pictures.

With any introduction to technology, there will always be those who oppose it, and who will vocally oppose it. However, for the most part, they stick to their ways and that's it, but with digital photography it's a bit different. As popularity booms, so do those who oppose it that convert to using it whether it be for their livelihood (as photojournalism turns digital, who can wait for a front page picture to be developed in a basement darkroom?) or for their pleasure (to showcase photos on a web site celebrating the birth of a new baby boy or girl). With digital cameras becoming the way to showcase digital photos, often that come out better than even their film predecessors, it's only a matter of time before the majority of camera owners owns a digital camera and throws out their old film camera as it gathers dust in the back of their closet.

Why has the digital camera become the norm of photography? Simple! Digital means better, brighter and more durable pictures. Digital cameras take crisper, clearer shots, and because you can store an almost infinite amount of pictures depending on your memory card and access to a computer, this means you can take the perfect shot even if it takes you 100 shots to get there. With a tradition camera, you have 24 to 26 chances, on average, to take the right picture, and even then, during the development process, there is the possibility that something went wrong and the picture will be unable to be developed. With a digital camera, you know right away whether or not there is something wrong with the picture, and you can correct it on the spot as opposed to going back later and reshooting or missing the opportunity of a lifetime to take the perfect picture.

Most of those investing in a camera nowadays will invest in a digital camera, because for a few extra dollars up front, they will save many when they stop buying film for their old point-and-shoot camera. Film alone can be expensive, and developing it in a store can drill a hole through your pocket. Now, with photo printers, every aspect of photography has gone digital, starting with the camera and ending with the development process. Since photo printers are the perfect compliment for a digital camera, this enables the picture taker to pick and choose just what gets print and how it gets printed, thus, this gives them full control over what to print out and hand out to friends, families and colleagues. When you take a roll of film in to your developer of choice, they have the finally approval over what can be printed based on what you turned in, and because of that, you may lose crucial shots if they aren't worth printing based on someone else's opinion.

Perhaps, if just digital cameras had been released and now their photo printer add-ons, maybe more people wouldn't have invested in them, but since digital photography has become a complete package, more people are willing to invest the hundreds of dollars in each in order to be able to take par of the digital camera revolution instead of being left behind still paying for undeveloped photos at outrageous prices.

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