By : Nikon School Blog | 22 Jun, 2016 |
Long gone are the days when taking a photograph or being photographed were special occasions. At the present state of the digital revolution, everyone is shooting images many times a day, capturing everything from having lunch at home to scuba diving during vacations.
How much has technology changed the way we shoot ? To start with, now we are almost always ready to shoot. Whether it's a special moment or a casual stroll in the park, digital cameras in different shapes, sizes, and with a variety of capabilities can always be with us.
With digital images, the need to wait for the prints was gone; we could shoot, check, admire, and delete images if needed. Now we shoot to share instantly. Of course, there are the serious ones who will never show their images to anyone before processing, but most of us like to shoot and post as soon as possible. Wi-fi enabled cameras make this job so much easier.
Choice of equipment is so much wider now compared to the 80s and 90s. Back then just a handful of high quality cameras and lenses were available, and they used to be the domain of very serious or professional photographers. Thanks to the digital photography revolution, more and more casual shooters are using high end cameras, including DSLRs. A wide variety of lenses and accessories are also available to them which lets them shoot much like the pros.
Till the 90s, film rolls would have to be carefully used to avoid wastage. Today, hardly anyone bothers about frame count. With extreme capacity memory cards , we just have to shoot. Coverage of any event or trip is so much more detailed now because of this. Though this also leads to shooting much more than actually required, but isn't it better to have more than less ?
Darkness meant no photography for most till the late 90s. Film speeds commonly used were rarely higher than ISO 400. This posed a great limitation on shooting in poor light. Cut to 2016, even the entry level DSLRs can tackle the feeblest of light with high ISOs and amazing noise reduction features. The more advanced models are virtually rendering the flash obsolete, and available light photography has become much easier due to this amazing advancement in sensor technology.
Post processing has brought the laboratory onto every-one's palm, literally. High end software or free online apps can be used by anybody to enhance or change their images. This was unthinkable in the 80s and 90s. Only the pros would have their own labs, while the common people had to rush to the lab to get their negatives and prints. It was a great feeling to get all images decently printed, no one thought about effects or enhancements.
Photography started out as a great invention that enabled us to capture or create visuals around us. Thanks to technology, the restrictions are getting removed and with each passing year we can capture and create much more than we were able to do the year before.