Digital photography, are we there yet?

The miracle of today’s photography

Just a few photo thoughts on my recent Photo Marketing Association Show visit in Las Vegas.

I couldn’t help but think how far technology has pushed photography.

Remember when you had to wait for days or weeks to finish a roll of film, drop it off to the photo lab and pick it up a few days later? It literally took months to see photos!

We have come a long way, where what happens to a picture after it’s taken is just as exciting as taking it.

I have run into many folks recently who are picking up photography again as a hobby, because of the affordability of shooting to their hearts content and never pay for a roll of film.

Many choose to not print but post their photos online or on their PC, or portable devices. That’s cool as long as you back up your most important photos in three places: your hard drives, a CD or DVD disk and online storage sites, and only if they keep your images in the original size. 

Consumer cameras are getting better and smarter with cool features to help you “just take the picture,” with some incredible results.

See my Edmonton Journal Story at: http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/columnists/story.html?id=8d96cdc3-5dac-4eb7-bd3c-d2244c95cecc&p=1

Pundits will say that compared to the good old days where every shot counted, today’s digital cameras shoot faster than you can think or plan for. Critics think that leads to more poor, shot off-the-hip pictures with no artistic merit. 
I disagree.

I see it as simply getting more chances at shooting pictures, learning from your mistakes, eventually honing in on your unique skills on getting the right photo, whether it took one frame or 30. Instead of getting better in photography every several months, today you get better everytime you snap one picture and instantly see it on your bright camera screen.

Digital cameras are bigger and smaller, heavier and lighter, cheaper and more expensive, yet there seems to be just the right camera for everyone.

Digital photo frames, and yes, MMS on cellphones, online scrapbooking and social sharing network sites along with great home and instant public kiosk printers, make the photograph, once again, one of the most enduring media in the last century.

And unlike the olden days where the first keepsake a fleeing family took from a burning home was the photo album, today you just have to remember your password to your online photo gallery.

Today’s photography life is good. Isn’t it?

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