Digital Photography For The Masses

By Brock Levinson

Just a few short years ago digital photography was only accessible to those willing to pay the rather high entry fee required for purchasing a then expensive entry level digital camera.

Advances in hardware have, as they always seem to do, bring the concepts and technology of digital photography closer to earth and now even those on a modest income will find the entry point into the world of digital photography to be more reasonable.

This, coupled with the fact that digital imaging software has also become available that is not only a lot easier to use but also much more affordable (The reigning professional package, Adobe Photoshop, come with a steep learning curve and a hefty price tag, but consumer grade digital imaging software from Adobe, Microsoft and others has bridged the gap between enthusiast skill sets and professional results).

Also boosting the ease of use and learning curve for newcomers to the digital photography scene is functionality built into modern operating systems that makes managing digital photos and dealing with digital cameras and imaging hardware a snap.

The latest offerings from Microsoft, Apple and even the open source community’s Linux product include numerous features designed to aid the digital imaging enthusiast (and professionals, for that matter) to deal with their images and cameras.

Microsoft’s Windows XP product, for example, has the ability to display and sort photos by the meta information contained inside the file itself. This meta information can range from dimensional data (i.e.: a 1024×768 pixel image size) to camera data (make, model, f-stop and aperture settings, etc).

This makes dealing with large volumes of digital imagery much less cumbersome and is a feature that just a few short years ago required expensive their party software packages to even begin to implement such functionality.

In addition to the feature sets of programs and the ease of use that comes with these advances, there has also been a groundswell of support for digital camera buffs on the internet.

New enthusiast message boards, chat rooms, review sites and tutorials pop up on the internet every day. No matter what camera you use or media card you prefer, you will be able to find vast amounts of information regarding your hobby on the net.

One particularly useful feature of the entire “digital photo revolution” is the easily accessible product information that the internet facilitates.

Thanks to advances in the internet and ecommerce It is now possible to shop for a digital camera and do side by side comparisons to find exactly the product you are looking for without leaving your desk.

You can check prices, read user and professional reviews, and ask questions about your potential purchase, which allows you, the consumer to make the most informed decisions possible.

If you have hesitated getting into the digital camera hobby because you were bewildered by the technology and confused about how to get involved, now is the time to dive in.

You will find that it is a fun a stimulating hobby that can be enjoyed by enthusiast of all skill levels.

Brock Levinson is a photographer and webmaster of FGA Photography, which is one of the leading photography resources on the Internet. To learn more about photography visit this link:

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