of Photography dates back to the 19th century. Since then there
has been tremendous advancements in this field. One of the latest is the
invention of the digital camera. In digital photography, photographs are
taken digitally and are stored digitally using a computer. Digital
photography paved the way for the film to go. Today many companies who
traditionally manufactured film and cameras using photographic film have
pulled out of the market.
Traditional cameras use film to capture images. These films or negatives
have to be chemically processed to get the photograph. This requires studio
facilities and uses up a lot of time. The films can not be reused either.
Digital photography uses digital technology. An image sensor in the Digital
camera captures the images. The sensor consists of silicon chips containing
photosensitive diodes. These diodes, called photosites, record the intensity
of the light which falls on them and the information is stored digitally as
a set of numbers. The images stored in the memory card are downloaded into a
computer and the card can be reused. The image is reconstructed on the
screen or printed on paper using these numbers to set the brightness and the
color of the dots which make up the picture.
cameras are becoming smaller and smaller. They have many features which help
the photographer to program the camera to his liking. The cameras function
as both movie and still camera. It not only stores images but can also
record video and sound. Some can be connected to the computer to be used as
web cams. Today many mobile phones too have a digital camera feature. The
quality of the digital image depends on various factors. The heavily
marketed pixel count is one of them. The lens quality, capture medium,
capture format and the processing are the major factors which decide the
quality of the picture.
digital camera and a printer you can make magic. Such is the potential of
digital photography that even a novice can make a good quality photograph
nowadays. You can change the size, color, brightness and the background of
the picture, insert another picture into it or remove a part of the picture
and what not. The possibilities are endless. Though doctoring of photographs
has been going on since the birth of photography it has never been so easy
to do so.
drawback of digital photography is its high initial expenditure on the
camera, heavy use of battery, sensitiveness of camera to moisture and
extreme temperatures. The cameras have a shorter service life and gets
outdated quickly. There is a fear that with further advancement in computer
technology, today’s digital photographs may become inaccessible.
Technology has truly revolutionized photography. So much so that you need
not be an expert or spend hours on a single photograph any more. Technology
has improved tremendously and will change more in the future. You may soon
be able to see moving digital photos on electronic paper and that too in 3
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