Digital Photography - Highly Configured Digital Cameras

Anyone familiar with traditional film photography will be quite at home when turning to digital photography. Essentially the camera looks very similar and even the action of taking a picture is the same: simply press a button. So what is the difference? Are there any advantages to using digital?

How digital photography is different from film photography

Instant results mean there is no more waiting for your film to be developed. Before even taking the shot, you can see the how the image will look on the small camera screen, as well as often using a viewfinder. Once taken, the shot is ready for you to use immediately.

The digital camera has no film but instead it uses a memory card to store images. These cards can store thousands of photos, depending on the size of the card, and can reused thousands of times. Any shots you don’t like can be deleted so it’s easy to take lots of shots just to see what you get without worrying about the cost of film.

The cameras themselves have features to help you take better pictures, for example they can compensate for camera shake to reduce blurring. Many digital cameras are small and compact, making them ideal to slip into your pocket so you never miss a shot. Digital cameras are also common on mobile phones making it even easier to have available at all times, although these cameras may not have as many features as dedicated cameras.

Do digital cameras have any disadvantages? Battery use can be heavy with all the extra features so it is best to keep the camera fully charged or carry spares to avoid missing out.

What you can do with your photos

If you have a suitable printer, you can print your photographs directly from your camera, and you need only print the shots you actually want. Otherwise, the best option is to transfer your images to your computer using the appropriate cables and software, which are usually supplied with the camera.

Once the images are on your computer, it’s easy to share them with anyone you like. You can send them as attachments using email, upload them to the web using photo-sharing sites, or just display them on your computer or digital photo frame. If you are using a phone camera, it’s easy to send your pictures electronically directly to where ever you want.

Of course, you can always print them from your computer using your own printer and photo-quality paper. Even if you don’t have any fancy printing facilities of your own, photo printing sites allow you to upload your images and pay for prints, enlargements, or to have them printed on just about any item you want!

You can also use photo-manipulation software to make changes to your images before printing or sharing. These could be simple changes like cropping, changing the contrast or removing red eye. These are easy to do, result in great improvements and can be done with free software.