The Advantages of Digital Cameras

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Gone are the days when you had to load and reload rolls and rolls of film. These days there's no fumbling around in the thrill of the moment because you need to reload your camera. And there's no need for you to miss that perfect shot because you've just run out of film either. Now all you need to do is to insert your picture card inside your digital camera and you're good to go.

Of course you should check first whether your Digital camera card is full, and whether you've already uploaded the pictures to a suitable place before you delete them. Then again you'll also want to check that your batteries are fresh, and whether you have a spare set around. And if you have rechargeable batteries, have you recharged them?

No one ever said that just because cameras went digital with the Digital camera that your life would become easier. Or did they? A digital camera, when it came out seemed like the perfect solution to the eternal hassle and problem of loading film, but as is the case with many new "toys" and gadgets, things just aren't what they seem.

And although a digital camera is heaven sent in many ways, they also have their own set of problems for us to contend with. It's also true that you'll still be lugging around with just about the same amount of gear with a Digital camera as you did with film cameras. The only thing that's really missing is the rolls and rolls of film.

But storage-wise, a Digital camera is probably the better option as now you don't need to keep every one of your positives in a protected slide mount and album. Instead now, you get the choice to print out the ones that you do want and to store the others either on your computer, CD, or a DVD, or any other type of format that you can think of.

And the other good thing about a digital camera is that you can take as many shots as you want while you're in the field, then you can discard the ones that you don't want before going on to take even more photographs. And that's the real beauty of a digital camera. Your learning curve just became easier with the ability to keep and discard almost immediately those shots that aren't good.

Theoretically speaking, a person should be able to learn all about depth of field, lighting, overexposure, underexposure and just about everything else there is within the span of a few dedicated days. That won't make them a genius, a guru, or a professional even, but it will make them more familiar with the ins and outs of digital photography, faster, more easily and in a costless way to boot.

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