How Digital Photography Changed the Photography Game
When I was in high school in the early 2000’s, we had a brand new state of the art darkroom for the photography class. We had 24 exposures on each roll of black and white film, and had to carefully compose, frame, and light each one, before bringing the film to the darkroom to develop it. It taught us how exactly film was developed and how to enlarge, brighten, or increase the contrast by hand on each photo.
Outside of class, I had a film camera up until I turned 18, and spent a lot of money buying film, and then sending it to be developed, only to discover half the photos weren’t as great as I had envisioned them. To this day, I still have some rolls of film kicking around that I never had developed. Every time we went on vacation, I’d buy one of those waterproof rubber one time use cameras. They were a necessity for any teenager traveling somewhere warm on winter break, and now those photos sit in a closet somewhere gathering dust.
Digital cameras were still in their most primitive form. One girl in class had this credit card sized digital camera that she had on her all the time. The thing could fit about a decent handful of pictures on it, with probably half a megapixel photos at approximately the quality of a toddler’s family portrait, but we thought it was the greatest. Then, senior year, on a language class to Spain, one kid amazed the group by packing a digital camera that could hold 100 pictures. The rest of us were in awe as we had to ration film, but we knew he was onto something big.
Digital cameras since have nearly monopolized the camera industry and entirely changed photography as it had been known for decades. Before digital, the only time you could instantly see a picture was if it were a Polaroid. Now, you can view the picture immediately, and retake as needed. You can also hold thousands of photos on one memory card, meaning you can take all the pictures you want without having to spend hundreds of dollars on developing film. You can also edit them in ways that were never possible.
Now they aren’t just cameras, practically everyone has one in their pocket constantly on their cell phones, with higher quality images than my first D-SLR camera. Now people who never could have experiment with photography can do it on their cell phone and create amazing images and share them with anyone. And waterproof cameras have advanced so there is no longer a need to buy a disposable waterproof camera for documenting wet activities.
Photography doesn’t just end at taking the photo, part of the art is displaying photos. With modern technology, and the ease of the internet, there are so many options for displaying and sharing photos. They can be shared in a breeze with hundreds of people you know. There are also so many easily attainable ways to display the photos, from wall sized posters to flip books, mugs, even throw blankets.
Everyday life can be captured through so many different perspectives all
thanks to digital photography. The same thing can be documented in several different ways, and it is interesting to see what people find the most important based off the pictures they take. The freedom of having no limits on taking photos has easily been one of the most beneficial aspects of digital photography versus doing it the old fashioned way.