Digital Photography - Riding the Wave

I started taking photos with an SLR camera more than 30 years ago. One of my initial “good” cameras, one called a Canon Ft, that my uncle gave me. It was built in 1971, and it took the most amazing photos ever. Through the years, I have bought various single-lens reflex cameras that have multiple uses. I got some decent pictures and some not too great, but I enjoyed taking photos and am blessed with many memories of them. I believed I was doing well in my photography. However, I discovered that I didn’t show up in many of the family photos. I was the one who was always controlling the cameras. From making sure that the camera had been set at the correct ISO for the film, inserting the film, ensuring it was moving with each shot, providing the proper focus, the correct depth of field winding the film, pulling out the film, etc. Although the settings for my camera were automatically set, I always ended in taking pictures. Why? The members of my family were uneasy with this single-lens reflex camera. The situation changed dramatically in the early 1990s when the first commercially accessible digital cameras came out. We purchased our very first digital camera back in 2003 and have never looked back.

What a difference from The Old School

Digital technology has revolutionized how we look at photography.
Lenses and cameras that were intricate, expensive kinds of film to suit different conditions, chemical paper, dark rooms, and even darkrooms were the norm for people prior to the age of digital.
This technology has been dealt with altogether for the amateur photographer.
Let’s examine the benefits and drawbacks (yes, there are a couple of) in Digital Photography.


Digital photography permits instant review of the photo being taken. When the photograph is finished, you will be able to review the picture and decide whether another photo should be taken or if the image is really deleted.
The capability to capture a massive number of pictures using digital technology. Memory cards that are used in modern cameras allow for more time-consuming photo sessions without the requirement to purchase rolls of film.
Photo processing can be accomplished by almost anyone who owns an at-home computer. Digital photos can be saved and printed straight from the memory card in your camera onto the hard drive in your laptop, computer at home, or perhaps some mobile devices.


Digital cameras depend on an electric power source. They are typically rechargeable lithium batteries or regular batteries. Cameras that are not digital feature a mechanical manual function.
Digital images may not offer the dynamic colors that high-end color print film could provide.
Image noise, in the form of speckles, can be seen at higher ISO settings of specific digital images.
Digital photography’s impact cannot be overstated. The film and photography industry is being transformed in a profound way through this technology. With the exception of specific professional applications, printing film, film, and print processing are nearly complete as an enterprise globally. The stores that used to offer film processing services or sold film are no longer able to are doing so or have changed towards digital processes. In 2012, Kodak declared bankruptcy because of its inability to keep pace with the digital technology giant.