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Pros And Cons Of Digital Photography, Part Twoby Stan P. Cox II

Summary: For the professional photographer making the move to 'digital', the initial cost for equipment and software can be a disadvantage, as can be the learning curve for using a digital darkroom. Don't let that deter you. Digital photograhy has awesome potential.
(For previous article in the series, go to Pros And Cons Of Digital Photography, Part 1)

awaii Photographer Discusses Pros And Cons Of Digital Photography.

Disadvantages Of Becoming A Digital Photographer

If you have been a 'film photographer', the first and biggest disadvantage is the cost of new cameras, at least. If you are already computer literate, and have a good computer with some kind of imaging software, good. But if not...well, I'm sorry for you, eh! Add all that expense, too.

And if you've been a medium format photographer as I was, you're not only going to need new cameras, but new lenses, too! With computers and imaging software, even without printers, you have a large investment to look at.

On the up side of that startup expense is all the money you're now going to save by not having to buy film and pay for processing and proofs.

There is the time element that comes with a "digital workflow". You, or someone is going to have to upload your images to your computer to edit. Then color correct, retouch, and anything else you want done to your images. And especially at first, it is quite time consuming as you follow your learning curve.

In my humble opinion, these are the only aspects of digital photography that can be called disadvantages. And then there's the argument that "Digital has taken away business from professional photographers".

The argument goes that it is now so easy to take your own photographs, for whatever purpose and at such low cost, that companies are taking their own photographs for their advertising needs, and people are taking their own, or their friends family photos. And that this is taking business away from professionals.

There really can be no argument against the truth of this statement. It is easy to take pictures. And, really, it always has been since the invention of the "instamatic camera"! Anybody can aim and push the shutter release button. And that will make a picture. It's been that easy with film cameras since the 1960s. So, what's the difference now?

I don't know this for certain, but I bet that when automatic film cameras first came out, there was a small dip in business for a variety of pro photographers. Why? Because it was so easy now for anybody to take a picture! And I'm equally sure that some people who got a camera actually got good at making photographs.

In reality, though, if you want professional quality photography, you need to have the photography done professionally! There's a lot more to it than point and shoot. And I believe that eventually the novelty of 'easy' digital photography will wear off, and the more educated and critical people will take their photography jobs to professionals.

About the Author Stan P. Cox II runs a Portrait and Commercial photography studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been a professional Hawaii photographer for 31 years. His web address is:

Call Of The Wild Photo Comments:

If you already have a large investment in medium format cameras and lenses, you may want to check out the camera backs from Phase One. These 'digital backs' fit on the back of your existing film camera to capture images digitally. Scott Bourne, Olympic Mountain School of Photography, speaks highly of the Phase One digital backs in his article The Resolution Solution.

The digital backs are expensive. Purchasing a high-end DSLR, along with a number of new lenses and filters can also be expensive. You owe it to yourself to look into getting a digital back instead. Armed with information about both possible solutions, you are more likely to make a decision you won't regret later.