The Effects of Digital on Photography and Photography Education

As working photographers how would you describe the effect of Digital in your photography career?

The consensus was that the greatest benefit is that the moment you take the picture you know whether you have the image or not! On a large budget shoot it is incredible to have the client look at final takes from a shoot before they leave the studio. But also to Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer or on Weddings the benefit is immense. Other benefit were the total control of the image once in the studio, the option to become the retoucher and to not have to outsource. Any Photographer can layer any number of layers and images to create any kind of Photograph. Ten years ago that was not possible without a very large budget or with the help of a professional retoucher. The major problem we agreed on is the enormous and never ending learning curves. and the amount of time required in front of the computer. For any educators it is a difficult situation. Educators have to know and have gone through Photoshop CS to CS2 to CS3, to Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. But also may include software such as Capture Pro, iView and many other.
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What other comments do you have about Digital?

Couple of things that people who have only shot with Digital are not aware of is the cost of shooting has been reduced to nothing. Once a camera and some memory cards have been purchased a photographer can go and shoot as much as his/her memory cards will handle. No Polaroid at $1-$2 a piece, no film cost no lab cost. It allows Photographers to have a photography project that can be very extensive without the financial worry. The quality of Digital Photography was for a long while,considering its short life, not great. Now the files you get from a $500 are incredible.For $2000 you have a professional camera of excellent quality. Digital has also created new opportunities for Photographer to offer more services.

Dealing with Students and teaching Photography what do you see is the benefit of Digital Photography?

The answer surprised us a bit but most agreed that the cost of taking pictures was the major benefit they could see. Most student have and will always struggle with the cost of photography, However once they have made the investment they are pretty much set. In studio shooting 4×5 Polaroids, 4×5 transparency film was extremely costly. However shooting film made students slow down. It is too common for student to fix things in post-production. The major draw back is the focus on technology and not on the “Visual” aspect of Photography.