Seeing is believing…

Old, but not forgotten

Digital photography has taken photographing into a realm of infinite possibilities. It truly has been a very progressive and challenging technology. It has changed not only the workflow of creating a photograph but also the technique of executing the photograph. It has altered the way photographs are created, viewed, manipulated and printed. I have enjoyed 36 years of experience in the photographic industry and would like to share a few thoughts on digital photography.

The history of 35mm photography is quite fascinating. From the first Leica to the most advanced digital SLR of today, the process has always been an evolution of the “box”. Miniaturization, advanced optics, light sensors, color films – all of these made it possible for the major camera manufacturers to produce models that competed with one another for supremacy.  Photography as a hobby became more popular in the 70’s; competition was fierce between the manufacturers – as soon as one model hit the market, another manufacturer introduced an improved model. It was not long before certain manufacturers (Canon,Nikon) stood out from the pack.

The first consumer digital cameras  were introduced by Kodak, Casio and Sony in 1995. Kodak implemented an aggressive marketing strategy for the DC40 which helped introduce the idea of digital photography to the public. In cooperation with Kinkos and Microsoft, Kodak developed digital imaging workstations and kiosks that would allow the consumer to make photographs, cds and add digital images to documents. Hewlett-Packard was the first company to make color inkjet printers that complimented the new digital technology. Digital photography was here to stay…

Today, about 77% of American households own at least one digital camera. On average, consumers snapped an average of 72 digital photos at the most recent event they attended, sharing 51% of them. (55% by e/mail, 48% on their personal computer, and 40% post their images online-Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket etc.)

Let’s face it. Digital Photography is a way of life. In 2009 camera manufacturers shipped about 106 million cameras worldwide. Staggering numbers. The transition from film to digital photography has not been without some negative consequences. Countless photo finishers are no longer in business. Photographic retouchers and artists are long gone. The home darkroom is almost a forgotten memory. I cannot help but reflect back on the changes it has made in my own personal life…

I have always loved this little “Film Prayer.” It reminds me of days gone by and the reality of the digital world we all live in…

From the mouth of old school...

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~ by leicaman on December 29, 2010.

One Response to “Seeing is believing…”

  1. […] Digital photography has taken photographing into a realm of infinite possibilities. It truly has been a very progressive and challenging technology. It has changed not only the workflow of creating a photograph but also the technique of executing the photograph. It has altered the way photographs are created, viewed, manipulated and printed. … Read More […]

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