Advantages and Disadvantages of Today’s Digital Photography

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Along with the convenience of being able to take hundreds of photos without having to change film, there are several other advantages to taking photos with digital cameras, along with a couple of disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Today’s Digital Photography

Cost

First off, the cost is quite a bit less as you don’t have to by endless rolls of film. It’s true that you need to buy a storage card, but they can literally hold thousands of photos and can be reused time and time again. This also means you don’t have to pay for the developing of the film. The cameras are also relatively inexpensive, especially the basic point and shoot models. All you really need is a good battery and a large memory card or stick.

Storage

The photos that you take can be stored digitally on CDS and computer hard drives. These are a lot more convenient than placing them in photo albums and take up a lot less room. Also, the digital images won’t fade and deteriorate over time like film images do.

Printing

In digital photography, you can print the images off at home or work as long as you have a printer. You can also email them to friends and relatives and they can print them off too. This means you don’t have to have several copies made and mail them all over the world. The photos can be shared instantly by electronic devices.

Practice makes perfect

With a digital camera you can basically take as many photos as you like until you get the perfect image. If you don’t like the way your photo has turned out you can simply delete it and take it again. This can be done because you can view the photo seconds after you’ve taken it.

You can practice with different techniques and settings until you find the one you’re looking for and you won’t be wasting any film or storage space. It’s easier to spot your mistakes this way and correct them.

Here are some of the disadvantages to taking photos with digital cameras:

Computer savvy

A photo editing program on a computer can be compared to an electronic version of a darkroom. This is where you can develop, manipulate, edit, and correct your images. However, it also means you have to have some sort of idea what you’re doing.

You can’t just go down to the mall and pick the photos up an hour later and store them away. It’s not really a hard process to store your photos digitally, but you will need to be computer literate up to a certain degree.

Loss of artistry

Some photographers feel there’s an art to taking photographs and for some people that’s true. However, for others, they just want to capture a moment in time and share it with others. Some people may just take the shots without applying any techniques to the image because the photos can be edited later.

For instance, people may not pan when they’re taking a photo because they can add that effect in the editing software. Editing programs can also sharpen images to a degree and get rid of red eye, sometimes making photographers a little lazier.

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