Introduction to Digital Photography

Posted by Erika Widayanti Lestari

The phenomenon of digital photography began when digital cameras became commercially available sometime in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.

Since then, a lot of people have stacked away their film cameras in their closets in favor of the digital camera.

But before jumping into the digital camera itself and its finer details, it is important to know what digital photography is.


In a nutshell, digital photography is the act of taking pictures and saving it into a digital format. A scanned photograph, therefore, can also be considered as a digital photograph.

Most people prefer the digital format over film because of several reasons. First of all, seeing the results of digital photographs is instantaneous.

After the shot is taken, the photographer can immediately see and decide if he does or doesn’t like the result of his shot. This method is much cheaper than film because when using film, one has to print all the photographs taken including the duds which can’t be seen until they are processed.

Another reason why people prefer digital photographs than traditional ones is that there are a variety of ways in sharing a digital photograph.

One can send it through it e-mail, burn it to a disc, send it via Bluetooth or print it just like film photographs.

However, there are purists who choose film photographs over digital ones. According to them, there film photographs produce more lifelike images than those taken by digital cameras.

But the more advanced digital cameras of today are slowly but surely gaining ground and it will only be a matter of time before they produce images that will impress even the purists.