What is Digital Photography?

Okay, so everyone knows what photography is, what is digital photography?

For those who are old enough to remember vinyl records, 8-tracks, and parachute pants, taking pictures always meant going down to the store, buying a camera or just the roll of film to go into the camera, taking three or four months to shoot all of the pictures on the roll of film (who processes a partial roll of film?), losing the camera, remembering it’s hidden in a drawer or closet when you find it six months later, finally taking it to your local Photomat or drugstore for processing and then spend the two or three days it took to get the prints back wondering “what in the heck was on that roll of film, anyway?”  If the roll of film was lucky enough to make it to the drugstore or Photomat, when you finally get your anxiously awaited film prints back in your grubby little fingers, in a typical roll of film, you had 10-15 pictures you meant to take, 3 or 4 pictures you have no earthly idea what you were trying to take a picture of, and then 6 or 7 pictures you shot just to burn off the roll., (because who processes a partial roll of film?).  You might have had a little piece of picture or memory magic in your hands.

Gosh, that’s almost as bad as having to go outside to use the facilities in the dark!

Welcome to the new world, my friend.

Today for just an embarassingly low price you can now purchase a camera that doesn’t require you to buy film, can be manipulated to take pictures on par with most of the cameras on the professional level, and doesn’t weigh a ton of bricks and can easily fit in your pocket because it’s almost as small as a credit card.

You don’t have to buy film, lose it, waste it, pay for processing, then wait anxiously for your precious memories to return…, you get to see the pictures on a TV screen on the back of your camera.

Welcome, my friend, (chorus of angels singing in the background), to the wonderful world of digital photography.

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  1. Eva

    I had almost forgotten about the old cameras, the films you always had to go and buy and the process of developing the pitcures! And we had to do that not so long ago!
    The only thing is that now I sometimes forget to print the pictures and sometimes it takes me months or years to have them on paper!

  2. AND you can edit them afterwards! Which makes up for a multitude of sins! We used to call my mother Mrs. Brownie Star Flash because she always had her trusty camera at family functions, but the pictures were not always great. If only she had lived long enough for the digital age!!!

    But the best thing is that if you carry that digital camera everywhere now, you will capture the perfect shot for your new website…

    Sonya Lenzo

  3. Dewayne, you brought back such great memories! A great way to promote the wonders of digital!

    Be cool, be ecofriendly

  4. I’m glad you answered that question. I thought that was what you meant by digital photography, but I wasn’t sure. You answered the exact thing I was wondering about.

    Stay Cool!
    Naomi Bettencourt

  5. I still have some old film I need to develop! I better get busy before that goes away…….

  6. Rachel Robinson

    Great post! In your opinion do you think we’ve lost some of the artistry and appreciation for photography now that anyone with a Nikon can snap and upload a picture? Or does technology simply help an artist make his/her pictures unique?
    Leadership Is A Choice

  7. What memories!! I remember taking film to the drug store or whatever to have the pictures developed and then completely forgot to pick them up!! Never knew what I missed I guess.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    Peggy Larson

  8. Things have changed so much…my father in law is a photographer and he said the camera he uses is so easy anyone can use it.

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  9. Do you remember the days of Seattle FilmWorks? They would give you a free roll of 35mm film for your camera. Who didn’t like the idea of free film…until you found out that the only place that could develope the film was…Seattle FilmWorks. I forget exactly what it was about their film being 35mm “motion picture” film and they were the only company that had the resources to process it. Those were the days. 🙂

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    G.E. Moon II

  10. Hilarious post, it made me feel like I just arrived at Digital Heaven. I can totally relate to the buying the film, taking MONTHS to finish the roll and then, of course, losing the roll before eventually finding it and taking it to be developed.


  11. Hilarious post, it made me feel like I just arrived at Digital Heaven. I can totally relate to the buying the film, taking MONTHS to finish the roll and then, of course, losing the roll before eventually finding it and taking it to be developed.

  12. Yeah, but now you get to obsess over each picture you take…make everyone stand there over and over to take it again…and then finally give up after everyone yells at you for making them stay for take number 25… So after deleting some of them you end up with 6 pics of the same thing that you’re going to transfer to the computer so you can obsess over it again…never wanting to actually delete any of them when only one seems…well…”just ok”.
    I think I miss the old days…

    Jen B
    Personalized Empowerment – It’s Time

  13. Hi Dewayne,

    I love the break through that digital photography has given us. Storing them. Editing them. Still, when I want really GREAT photos, when they are important, I go to a professional photographer!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Dating Profile Writer

  14. DeWayne, Question. The digital technology has really given the amateur pictures they’d never have gotten 20 years ago. But what about you? How has the technology helped the pro? (No need to answer here, I’d love to see the blog post!)
    Kevin Hogan

  15. This was a great post. I just found one of those cameras! I only remember one photo I took on it. And I am sure that there will be a lot of shots I have no idea what I was trying to capture. 🙂

    My favorite thing about digital is being able to delete stuff right after you take it.


  16. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN! – definitely a big thing that technology got right!

  17. Great post Dewayne!
    OMGosh, this post reminded me of when my now husband of 21 years and I were just married and we had about 6 rolls of undeveloped film that I found in our junk drawer and knew that our Christmas pictures in the mix somewhere so I got doubles…fast forward 3 days for developing and the first picture I look at is one of my husband hugging a girl that I went to high school with that I didn’t even know he knew. To make matters worse we had doubles of him and her!(LOL now) Boy did we have some things to talk about. Obviously we worked past this…now married 21 years next month. Thanks for the post!!!
    Jennifer Bishop
    (Chris Bishop’s mom)