My road to digital photography

Updated: May 10, 2020


When it comes to technology, I am by far one of the least experienced. I had never used a camera until coming to university and then, my first camera was a Nikon 301 analogue camera. I learned how to develop and enlarge film, and of course, the entire process is done by hand in a darkroom - WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY! So, when I decided to plunge into digital photography it was a little confusing to say the least. I was confronted with all these buttons that an analogue camera didn't have and there were even options on what to save your image as e.g. RAW, TIFF and JPEG. Little did I know - this was only the beginning, I had photoshop to battle with next and honestly, to this day I am still learning. I try now and again to learn a new function; YouTube tutorials have become my best friend. I have found that using a digital camera is at times more convenient due to that fact that I can take a lot more images and I can keep track and view what I have been doing. But for me, nothing quite compares to the rawness of a film that an analogue camera can produce. I enjoy being able to hold a hard copy of the original image in my hand and with digital it is so easy to delete an original and once it is gone, it's gone! When I shoot digital I use a Nikon D800, and it has total megapixels of 36.80, this is also another reason why I prefer to shoot with a medium format camera as this allows me to get the equivalent of around 400 megapixels - you really cannot beat that kind of quality.

All in all, I would never swap analogue photography for digital photography, but I do think that digital has its perks - especially when there is a project that requires many photos to be taken e.g. a wedding or ceremony.


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