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Equipment of Digital Photography

Digital photography transformed image making. Not unlike the original revolutionary transformation of photography into a popular medium of the late 1890’s when George Eastman invented roll film and in 1892 formed the Eastman Kodak Company to sell cameras, film and processing as a package deal, digital photography provides the average person with instant access to images. Pretty amazing!

What Eastman did for photography and what digital image making does as well was to make the process accessible to everyone. Rather than have to lug around glass plates, heavy cameras and tripods, and portable darkrooms, all of which made photography pre-1892 the sole obsession of professionals, Eastman gave people portable cameras that, when they completed a roll of 100 exposures, they returned to Kodak. Kodak then processed the film, made prints and sent the prints and a fully loaded camera back to their customer.

Digital image making simply speeds the process of delivery. Expose hundreds of images on a data storage device, slip the device into a reader and transfer those images to your computer. Simple, quick and easy! Even your phone can send images to Facebook.

The question is does accessibility translate into excellence in image making? The quick answer is no. There is a clear difference between being able to take a picture and to make an image. The distinction is one of both vision and intent. When taking a picture (the operative verb is to take) one is documenting a scene or event without regard to anything other than the preservation of a memory of person or place. It is a simple act, one that does not require training or technique. Point and shoot and store the results. Nothing more is needed. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with this. It is an important function of photography to document and preserve that which once existed. But that is something different than making an image as art.

When intentionally deciding to make an image using photography as an art form, both vision and technique are needed to translate ideas from place to print. Take landscape photography as an example. Knowing when the light is right, controlling depth of field, shutter speed, focal length, when to expect haze or fog, what filtration to use and so on all play a part in capturing the vision you see as a piece of fine art. Additionally, the ability to frame an image so that it is visually appealing is a requirement of art over documentation.

The question for beginners when considering digital photography and the choice of equipment is this: Am I interested in documenting the memory of person or place as my purpose for taking pictures or do I want to both document and make art as well? If your answer is the former, a point and shoot, fixed lens, automatic camera is quite sufficient. If your answer is the latter then you might want to consider a hand-held device that has interchangeable lenses and allows manual controls as well as programmed options as well. Equipment choice is all about what you wish to accomplish.


Article Source: EzineArticles – R. L. Passman


Photojournalistic Photography

There are so many different styles of photography these days. One type of photography you hear a lot about these days is photojournalistic photography. But how much do you actually know about this style of photography. In this article I’ll be covering some of basic information about this photography form.

Photojournalism’s roots started in the broadcast and media industry. The goal of a photojournalist was and is to tell a story through images. Photojournalism is different from other styles of documentary type photography in a few simple ways.

One of the ways in which photojournalism stands out is through its timeliness. What this means is that the pictures have significance in relation to recent events such as a wedding.

Objectivity is another way photojournalism sets itself apart. Photojournalists make it their goal to accurately depict things as they occur. It’s not their job to direct or arrange things. These photographers take pictures that represent things as they occur without being altered or affected by the photographer. Many of these photographers will use telephoto lenses in order to stay in the background and avoiding altering or affecting changes in natural events.

The other goal every photojournalist tries to achieve is telling a story in every picture. For a true photojournalist it’s not good enough to simply take pictures of the event – each picture has to carry the story on it’s own. Whether it’s the love visible between mother and child or a tender moment shared by husband and wife.

Since it’s against these photographers ethical code to create or re-create moments, it’s crucial that they have a full understanding of their equipment. They only get a moment to catch those little moments. In the media industry these photographers are often exposed to number of obstacles as well be they physical danger, severe weather, or massive amounts of people.

This is only a glimpse into photojournalism, but it provides you with a basic knowledge of the goals and ideals of a photojournalist. They strive for timeliness in relation to current events, objectivity in capturing events accurately, and telling a story through images. All of these things combine together to create the true essence of a photojournalist – a photographer who documents life as it happens without having any influence over it.

Article Source: EzineArticles – Stephanie Gagnon


If you’re new to photography, but you’re interested in embracing it as a hobby, congratulations! Photography is an immensely enjoyable pastime that you’ll be able to enjoy and share with the people around you until the day you die.

If you’re wondering where to start, try reading the rest of this article for a basic introduction to photography, starting with the most basic question of all: what is photography?

– What is photography?

Strictly speaking, photography is ‘the process of producing a still picture by recording light radiation’. If we’re being generous we could say that photography has been around since the early 1800s, but in terms of it being something open to the average person to get involved in, the agreed-on date is more likely to be 1900 – the year in which Kodak introduced the $1 ‘Brownie’ camera.

Photography is somewhat unusual in that while it is definitely an art form (in that it’s capable of producing something that appeals to the senses) there are strong technical elements to it as well. In this way it contrasts with an art form such as drawing or painting, where little or no technical knowledge of the medium is necessary. It’s a rare professional photographer who isn’t also an expert with the technical aspects of photography, though they do exist.

– What sort of camera will I need?

This question has two very different answers. On the one hand, any kind of camera at all can be used to make interesting images, so one could say that that’s the answer: ‘any kind of camera at all’. On the other hand, photography is arguably its most enjoyable when done with a camera that is versatile and easy to control manually, and so one could say that the answer can only be: ‘an SLR’. Certainly if you don’t currently own a camera, you’re even remotely interested in taking up photography as a hobby, and you have the money, an entry-level (digital) SLR is the right way to go.

– How do I improve?

Unsurprisingly, getting better at photography involves a lot of trial and error. While digital photography makes trial and error a much better strategy than it used to be by massively reducing the cost of taking a photo, there’s still no need to do this blindly. Reading about photography in books, magazines and online is also a useful way to improve, as is looking at a lot of photographs taken by other people. You’ll quickly learn that people generally agree on a set of ‘rules’ that produce pleasing photography, and while eventually you’ll break these rules to good effect, there’s no question that it’s worth learning them first.

Article Source: Ezinearticles-Tobias Sterling