I thought this BBC News article on five reasons why digital cameras will make for better amateur photographers was right on the mark.
While some professionals still swear by the quality of film over digital, the new format is taking over. As more and more holiday-makers pack a digital camera in their suitcase, disappointing pictures should become a thing of the past.
Here are five reasons why digital cameras make us better photographers.
1. SHOOT AT WILL
How do the professionals get that exceptional shot? Sometimes, it’s a case of just keeping a finger on the shutter button and seeing what comes out. That’s an expensive exercise with film, but the “wipe clean and start again” nature of digital photography means it costs nothing.
“Professionals often don’t know what they’re doing,” says photographer Daniel Meadows, “they’ll just blast off up to 10 frames a second, and later look to see which works.”
At National Geographic – to some, the pinnacle of magazine photography – snappers average 350 rolls of film per story. That’s almost 12,600 individual pictures, of which about 10 make it to press.
This first reason alone is definitely true in my case. Up until we got our first digital camera I wasn’t much of a shutter bug. Photography was one of those things that I kinda had an interest in, but with a computer hobby already eating up most of my time and money the expense involved in getting into photography pretty much left me limited to using my film cameras for special occasions and vacation trips. There’s all sorts of stuff I’ve posted to SEB alone that I never would’ve had pictures for prior to getting a digital camera such as the aftermath of my car accident. Hell, for that matter, the pic of me in the upper left is only there because of my digital camera.
Now I find I’m carrying my camera with me more often and experimenting a little more when I do take pics. The only real drawback to this I’ve found is that I’m not overly inclined to print out pics to put into an album in part because I have a general use inkjet as opposed to a photo printer. Digging through my mother’s photo albums makes me feel guilty for having most of my recent pics as electronic data and I worry about a hard drive crash possibly wiping them out. Still, the idea of burning a VideoCD or DVD slideshow of pics is piquing my interest as a possible substitute. Certainly easier to store than a boatload of photo albums.
I’m curious to hear what others do with their digital pics after they’ve taken them? Do you tend to print them out? Do you make VideoCDs? Do you just archive them to CDs? Anything special you’ve tried with them that’s out of the ordinary?