Digital photography is the art of taking still-shots using digital cameras, instead of traditional film cameras. Digital photography employs cameras featuring multiple arrays of infrared photodiodes to make pictures automatically focused by a focused lens, rather than an inert film exposure. The captured images can be digitized, viewed, saved as a file for later electronic viewing, printing, or electronic publishing. Digital photography continues to grow in popularity and the techniques used are constantly improving.
Digital photography has benefited from advances in photo processing technology, and software available for both the photographer and the viewer. Traditional film cameras have been outdated in that they are unable to take many pictures, and usually require multiple rolls of film to complete a collection. Film also tends to be expensive, difficult to develop, and sensitive to light. These factors all contribute to the lack of a high market share for digital cameras.
A second area of digital photography that continues to grow in popularity is digital photography on a personal level. Digital cameras allow users to take and view photos, with little concern for the need for a film camera. There is no longer the need to constantly purchase rolls of film or develop them in the dark. Digital cameras allow people to take pictures without worrying about developing them, and instead focus more on picture quality, appearance, and how much the picture is worth.
Digital Photography is not confined to professional photographers, either. Almost everyone now owns a digital camera, and many use them every day. A digital photo can be taken just as effectively as a traditional film photograph. And, the convenience of memory card storage is making digital photography accessible to just about anyone who wants to take photos. The ability to download pictures to a hard drive, or to an Internet site, means that just about anyone who owns a computer and access to the Internet has the ability to take digital photos.
The most important advantage of digital photography is its flexibility. Since digital photography involves the use of just a digital camera, it leaves the entire process up to the user. Even basic models are equipped with at least some auto settings, so a photographer does not have to worry about making their pictures look just right. In fact, one of the most common mistakes made in conventional film photography is trying to control image quality during shooting. With digital photography, there is no need for any corrections because the picture will already be perfect no matter what settings were used at the time of the shot.
The ease of storing photos on a digital camera is also a factor in digital photography’s growing popularity. Digital photography can store up to 20000 images on standard memory cards, which means that just about anyone can take pictures and never run out of space. This is important because the ability to store photos onto a memory card is much better than using rolls of film, which means less wasted, and more valuable, photo materials. Digital cameras also allow people to instantly share their pictures with family and friends, which can make them a great tool for communicating. There are many other reasons why digital photography is becoming more popular, and all of them are related to convenience, creativity, and efficiency.