Questions and Answers
What advantages there are to digital photography over Film. And how digital photography has developed over the past five or six years.
The first professional use of digital media I was exposed to was for shooting in the studio providing the artwork necessary for point of purchase advert.
Later with the advent of the DSLR, Kodak took the sports photography by storm and it became possible to have an image file winging its way over the Internet to the publisher only minutes after the photographer shot the image. Deadline photography entered a new realm of efficiency. These cameras were low resolution and while suitable for publication in newspapers and as less than two column wide images in magazines, they did use the Nikon lenses used by both sports shooters and photojournalists.
As time went on and technology advanced, there were more and more uses DSLR's could fulfill. Small magazines and websites started using digital images more and more until today, while large glossy magazines still require transparencies be submitted for publication we now have medium format cameras that can supply the image resolution necessary for high quality published images.
It may well be that the sensors will achieve the pristine colour that current transparency film can now achieve in a few more years.
In the high ISO arena, digital has surpassed film. First the Canon 1Ds, Mark III showed that shooting at high ISO's could show less noise at 3200 ISO than a similar 3200 ISO film. Now with the Nikon D3 entering the scene, there is NO film that can match the Nikon's nearly noiseless 6400 ISO settings.
Shooting at these high ISO's with little or no noise, they have become the standard of the sports shooters. While we still use the fast 400 mm (and expensive) f/2.8 lenses it may be in a few years, we can use less expensive lenses and still provide our clients with the images they demand.
I still have my 8×10 and 4×5 view cameras because some clients just have to have that kind of quality image from time to time.
Now for the bad news … We are reaching the point where existing technology is being maxed out. One of the features of the low noise at high ISO is the relatively large pixels found on the full frame DSLR's (Nikon D3 @ 1.4 MP/cm² and Canon 1Ds, Mark III @ 2.4 MP/cm²) Compare that to the very tightly compacted pixels in the that are small enough to pack them in at 34 MP/cm².
Look to a new kind of strata and material to start showing up in new cameras in the next few years.
I'm interested in learning about digital photography. Meaning cameras/terms/etc. I know nothing right now.. I mean, I take pictures with a camera I have almost every day. But I'd like to learn what different things are and terms that are used in digital photography. I'm just not sure where to go or how to approach it. Help please?
If you want to learn digital photography then here are some resources you might find to be helpful
You can use a search engine like Google to find many free tutorials, forums and other information
Digital photography tutorial
How use digital camera
Consumer Reports has useful informaton for digital cameras and etc.
You can go to your local library or store or an online store like www.amazon.com to find many good books, DVDs, and etc. For learning about photography
The book publisher Visual has many good books for learning various computer skills
Visual books for learning about digital photography
YouTube has many video tutorials
Good luck and I hope this will help!
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