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Digital Photography and me

Updated on April 26, 2015

See a picture – Snap a picture.

 

Let me state from the onset that ‘old’ refers to photography prior to digitizing and that ‘new’ refers to photography after digitizing.

Before digitizing modernized photography one would take a picture. Someone else would process (develop) the film in a darkroom (totally dark or extreme filtered low light conditions.) After the processing & drying of the film (a negative), someone else might print (size/enlarge, crop, burn/dodge to intensify for effect). Then develop the print (either black & white (B&W) or color) dry again then cut or mount per instructions. Finally place for pick up so you could later show all your friends what YOU had done, when actually all you did was aim then press the shutter release.

True, if you were a ‘photographer’ you in essence did a little more… Since a photographer knew or was at least aware of all that took place in the darkroom, the photographer would try to compose the photo as much as possible before clicking the shutter, thereby lessening or relieving some of the work done in the darkroom.

Let me add here that work in the darkroom had to be highly organized since the film had to be handled carefully to eliminate fingerprints or accidental exposure or ruination. Usually the developing solutions were placed from left to right in sequence with temperature and timing controlled. Of course B&W was less arduous than color processing.

Working with toxic chemicals and above comfortable temperatures plus poor lighting just added to the critical time issue.

Personally I’m glad (and relieved) that photography has been digitized.

Digitization has opened up the field of photography to any & everyone


My first digital camera was a Ricoh RDC-2E. It cost $ 600 + and did not have 1 megapixel storage capacity. A tripod was required to take a photo with low ‘noise’ (fuzziness, distortion). This was 1997. If I was taking quality pictures, the camera had a total capacity of just nine (9) on an internal storage card.

Whoa! We’ve come a long way baby… in less than 15 years, now you can get up to 12 megapixels quality in some cameras. Last year the director of research for Olympus declared 12 megapixel to be the limit.

Well, what is this term, ‘megapixel’? I like to use a postage stamp to explain. The picture or image on a postage stamp is made up of dots of ink. Likewise a photograph is broken up into a number of dots or ‘pixels’. You can get a million (mega) dots (pixels) in that image or picture. If you move the dots closer together you might get 2, 3 or more megapixels. Since you are moving/crowding the pixels closer together the image or picture becomes clearer or more distinct. Thus the higher the pixel or megapixel count, the better or more distinct/clearer the picture. I might add, the higher the megapixel count, the higher the cost or value of the camera.

Another term has changed. Instead of photo or picture, now it’s called a ‘pix’. Same thing, I guess we must all age gracefully with new terminology.

About six years ago I moved up to an Olympus 3.3 megapixel camera and paid almost $ 1000 for it. Then about three years ago, trying to stay abreast of this megapixel thing, I bought my first SLR (single lens reflex) digital camera. An Olympus E500, 8 megapixel with duel or two memory card capacity. Many companies are striving for dominance in the memory card business. Too numerous to mention here. In other words…, take your pick. There’s plenty to choose from plus the camera manufacturer states what type card is needed. Some cameras have a built-in storage capacity.

I like the memory cards; you can take them out of the camera and insert into a card reader attached to your computer. And depending on your software program you can not only store you pix but also edit them to be what you want before printing,

But more importantly, it frees up the camera, so just insert another memory card and snap, snap, snap away. You're always ready to take more pix.

With a good software program you can download/upload, edit and save your pix or delete the undesired ones.


Everyone has their own preference as to the software they like to work with. I like MicroSoft Digital Image 2006. It cost $ 100, but I was able to acquire mine for

just $ 69. It allows me to download from the memory card, adjust the color & exposure, crop, correct (remove) blemishes, add text distort background, just all sorts of swell things you might want to do to you pix, then save to file or print in a variety of different ways; from B&W to sepia tone- All at the touch of a few buttons.

Hey, I learned to do it the ‘old’ way. The ‘new’ way is much better & easier to work with. See a pic – Snap a pic!

© SamSonS

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    • urmilashukla23 profile image

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Very informative! Thanks for sharing it. Book marked for further reference. Voted up!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Brett for your visit and your nice comments. I love the ease of use for digital photography even though I started under the old system of photo capture, developing and individually printing the final pic. It was very time consuming yet you were in total control of the outcome...

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      Brett Caulton 

      7 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and awesome.

      I want to take up photography when I have more free time. A friend of mine takes amazing photos of insects in Asia, with the digital camera he has, these blow up to the size of a large TV screen with crystal colors and detail. Computers also make it less daunting as a hobby.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thank you sweetie1 for your visit and your nice comments. Even though I have 30+ old film cameras I still prefer the digital and the convenience even after 55+ years of photography...

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      sweetie1 

      7 years ago from India

      Biggest benefit of the digital cameras is you can see ur pics right on screen as soon as you take it.. if you dont like it you can delete it , quite cost effective and then there is no need to change the film rolls as was necessisity in old cameras.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thank you Peggy for you visit and your kind comments...

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I also love the new age of digital photography. As you say one can snap, snap, snap away and keep only what works best. My camera is a Panasonic DMC-FS15 that we acquired at Costco for a great price. It has 12 mega pixels with a leica lens. I'm very satisfied! Useful hub and rating it so.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      and thank you young lady for your nice comments...

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      You are a great write. Keep writing on such useful topics.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks nikipa, for your friendship, your visit and your nice comments...

    • nikipa profile image

      nikipa 

      8 years ago from Eastern Europe

      Great and useful info! Thank you for sharing!

      Cheers,

      Nikipa

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Granny's House, come on back anytime and often...

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      samson, I had to come back and read this hub again. I was buying a new camera and I remembered your hub. Thanks again for the help in this hub

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks wannabwestern, for your friendship, your visit and your gracious comments..., have you decided yet on a camera in the 12mp range?

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      I think you did a perfect job of explaining the differences between a digital camera and film cameras. I have a dear "friend" who shall remain anonymous, lest I embarrass her, who is being forced into the digital age because her local source of film developing is going to stop the service. I agree that digital is the way to go. I know a lot of people feel that digital photography has just enabled more bad photographers to take more bad pictures, but it has helped me to develop an eye to be able to see what I'm doing. I love the PREVIEW setting! I hope this Christmas to use some of my HP earnings to buy a new 12MP camera for my oldest child, because she is starting to develop an interest. Thanks for this hub. I'm going to bookmark so I can share with my friend.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Granny's House, for you visit and you gracious comments...

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub. lots of info.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Pratonix, for your friendship, your visit & your comments-- some of my photos I've uploaded to Red Gage and I have more I've been thinking of uploading with hubs. I have a few of flowers on Raising African Violets (hub) but most of my photography has been weddings and personal work...

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      Pratonix 

      8 years ago from Asia

      Thanks for the info. With an SLR you must be a very good photographer. Are you on Flickr? Where are your photos? (Pix, rather!)

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks guitartechnician, for your visit and your comments...

    • guitartechnician profile image

      guitartechnician 

      8 years ago

      Good luck with your photography samsons1!

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks tonymac04, for visiting my site and for your comments... come back soon.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I love my Canon digital SLR. I have been "doing" photography for maany years but as you say the digital era has made it all so much easier.

      BTW the terms "pic" and "pix" (the latter is the plural of "pic") have been around for many years - we used them when I first became a fournalist in the mid-60s.

      Still learning a lot about digital photography but I love it.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Hi Les, You'll love working with digital photography. Things are so much easier than what it used to be. Will be happy to assist-- Feel free to ask anything if I can be of assistance..., finally posted that Hub on schnauzers this afternoon. Thanks for your kindness on RG.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      I come from the dark ages too. I'm an artist, but having retrained and worked as a landscape architect, and then moved to France to renovate buildings, it's quite a while since I produced serious paintings. Now I'm running painting courses, and all my work is on slides, - more or less useless! I now have to produce a new body of work that I can photograph digitally and upload onto the internet!! Sigh.

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you, thevoice for the nice comment. Feel free to comment on my other hubs, if you like.

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      great detailed hub read thanks

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