Digital photography has really begun to come into its own in this day and age. The increased convenience brought about by the new digital photographic technologies and equipment, not to mention the fact that the new digital formats are far superior to the old film-based format that they have superseded, have served to ensure the popularity of digital photography with people the world over – and not only those people with a lot of money, as was the case in the past with the old and extremely expensive systems.
In the past, traditional photographic systems and technologies were unreliable, expensive, complicated to operate, and as a consequence were only favored by enthusiasts. As a result most people never even contemplated purchasing a camera for themselves. Advances in technology since those early times, however, have ensured that photographic technologies and equipment have become increasingly more reliable, less complex to operate – and, more tellingly, ever less expensive than ever before.
But in addition, when digital photography was introduced, it ushered in a new age of photography that was characterized by extreme convenience relative to its film utilizing forebear. There are quite a few problems and limitations to working with film-based photographs. You are working with a physical medium with a limited number of pictures per roll, which is in danger of being exposed, which needs to be developed and which takes time to be developed as well – and even if and when the pictures turn out nicely, you have limited copies, which means that you will have a problem distributing them to everyone who might want to see them. And then there is also the problem of storage of your printed photographs – they may be thin, but when you have many of them they will take up quite a bit of space. And, to make things worse, they do not last long as they are susceptible to the depredations of moisture, sunlight, pests, and the like.
Digital photography is not subject to these limitations. The pictures taken are in digital format and can immediately be sent out right after having been taken – and can even be done so over the air thanks to wireless internet connections. Flash drives, SD cards and other storage media seem to be getting cheaper by the day, and they are continuing to increase in capacity – which means that photographers can cram increasing numbers of high-capacity images in just one little card or dongle. The software for modifying or tweaking digital images can be installed on just any computer available nowadays, and one does not have to have a degree in rocket science to operate said software. And, lastly, it is true that storage media can and do fail – but if digital photos are stored online, then the likelihood of their loss is consequently minimized.
Digital photography has revolutionized the way we take pictures and use them. Now, perhaps for the first time, just about anyone can have access to a camera and can share the images he or she takes with just about anyone he or she cares to share these images with. One wonders what the future will bring.