Like most things in the commercial world of today, there is or so we are told, always something new, that is so much better than whatever we had before. A new phone, a new tablet or I pad, a better TV, a new car the list is endless. Over the years cameras had changed very little, until the digital age came into force and film was replaced with memory card.Subject matter of course is all important and to illustrate this i nearly always prefer to use our photographs to back up the written words.Landscape and the natural world can make for wonderful photography and bare skin can add tone to dull colourless landscapes.The modern cameras allow you take 100’s even 1000’s of photos and then you can put them into blogs/websites or print them in an instant.This is grand when you really need to keep cost to a minimum as before you had to buy film, process it, then scan before you could post them anywhere.
The world’s first digital camera was a big box that had cassette attached to it. It was built in 1975 by Steven Sasson , an engineer who worked for Eastman Kodak. Today, about 2.5 billion people have digital cameras. Even though the standalone digital camera has changed the way we take pictures, the invention of the camera phone was even more revolutionary. In the past years, almost everything that happened on earth, from the awful attack on the twin towers on 9/11, through during the Arab uprisings and onto things like the royal weddings, so much has now been captured on a camera phones. By 2005, compact digital cameras were very popular but the arrival of a phone-camera combination brought digital photography to the masses because everyone owned a mobile phone. Today, many of them have a standard resolution of 8 megapixels, more than adequate to make prefect photos.
The changes that digital photography has brought along are immense. Professional photographers used to take photos only if they were sure it was a good shot. Amateur photographers did not want to waste one shot on a roll of film. Photography was an expensive hobby. Today, however, people take masses of images, because storing them on digital memory cards costs next to nothing. And taking 100 pictures of an event instead of 10 raises you chances of getting a really good shot and a better photo. People have their camera with them all the time. Taking snapshots at concerts, dinners and sporting events has become very popular. Youngsters record videos of a birthday party and upload them to Youtube or Facebook minutes later. More and more of us store photos on sharing websites like Flickr , Google, Webshots and others .Taking good pictures has also become easier because cameras adjust settings for you automatically. You just focus on your image and press the trigger. Printing pictures has also changed. You can either print out your own pictures on your colour printer or you can upload your digital images to a printing studio or even create a photo book that is delivered to your home within days.
Overall this seems to have been a goods thing for society but has it ?
Digital cameras have been on the decline for almost a year now, but that decline is more noticeable than ever as smartphones with high-resolution cameras become the one-stop device for taking photos and recording video.And it’s easy to see why: the iPhone reportedly has a more sophisticated camera than most point-and-shoot cameras — and the iPhone 4S takes photos at a 60-percent-higher resolution than the iPhone 4. Nokia has claimed it has a phone that shoots at five times higher resolution than that.Just take a look at the Flickr camera stats (graph below). As of yesterday, the leading point-and-shoot camera, the Canon Powershot, had 637 Flickr users uploading photos.In comparison, 5,497 users uploaded photos from an iPhone 4. Point-and-shoot cameras don’t even appear on the list of top five Flickr cameras.
With the demise of Jessops hand held, stand alone cameras seem to be on the demise in favour of all in one cam phones. These seem to be available these days almost on any street corner in supermarkets, music shops and in catalogues. Personally I find these ok for family snaps, but if you want to take better photos, the regular cameras are still the best for all out quality.