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4 Ways Technology Has Changed Photography



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American Photographer, Gordon Parks

We went from darkrooms, the scent of freshly printed pictures, and the feel of holding a picture in our hands to watching them on the screen of our phones, cameras, and laptops. Technology has changed photography in many ways than one, and the loss of feeling of our works between our fingertips might be the least of them them. For one, it’s easier to take pictures with higher resolution now than before the advent of digital technology.


Photography in the 1700s was very different from how it is now, and there is a high chance that you won’t recognize the form of photography that used to exist as a form of photography. Here is a list of ways technology has changed photography:


Increase in the resolution of these cameras


Asides from the fact that digital cameras are easy to carry around because they’re lighter in weight, they also produce higher resolution pictures. They allow for the production of images with more color under any condition, unlike the cameras used between the 16th and 20th centuries, which only allowed for pictures to be taken and produced under specific conditions.


For instance, pictures of moving objects appear to be very blurry upon production and damaged if exposed to excess sunlight. Now, not only are these pictures available and can be taken under any kind of condition, but their resolution is higher, making it easier to transfer them onto a larger surface without damage.


Digital cameras are now mobile.


A digital camera is often lighter in weight and can be transported across long distances in cases of need, unlike the film camera. A bag might be all you need when working with a digital camera; even at that, it’s not very heavy. The film bundle and the camera's heaviness make it almost impossible to transport.


They take up a lot of space and can be damaged easily while lugging them across long distances.



Photographers can view images captured on a Digital camera at once


Images captured on a film camera must be developed as a film before photographers can view them, which might take days. Digital photography has made it easy to view images immediately after they are captured, sometimes multiple images.


You don’t have to wait for a film to be developed under the right conditions for your images to appear to you as you have captured them. This way, sharing these images with several people simultaneously becomes possible; this remains the most significant upgrade from film photography.


Digital photography is expensive.


As there are pros to using digital photography, so are their cons. Digital photography is expensive as an average DSLR can buy two to three film cameras. It makes transitioning into full digital photography a daunting task for those who don’t have a lot of money.


Besides, digital equipment is expensive, and it takes a lot of expertise to edit, produce, and share images created on a digital camera. One must be tech-savvy and conversant with computers to flourish using digital photography.


Although the cons can outweigh the pros in tricky cases, the importance and improvement technology has brought to photography cannot be overlooked. It is massive, and this has made many people venture into basic forms of photography, like taking pictures on their mobile phones, adjusting their camera settings, or even editing some of the images they’ve taken.


Technology has done much for photography, and large companies benefit the most.


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