How Digital Cameras Changed the Photography Business

MatthewA By MatthewA, 9th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The photography business, or industry, was transformed by the first digital cameras. The emergence of true digital cameras, in the early '90s, provided a notable alternative to the film-based cameras which were then the dominant model. Now it's an entirely different matter as digital cameras have largely replaced film alternatives.

How Digital Cameras Changed the Photography Business

Few can doubt that digital cameras are much more suitable for amateur photography than that of film. Compact digital, or point and shoot, cameras provide a number of additional photograph options that can enhance photos such as best shot. As such, the digital cameras do not always have to be manually configured.

Photography software, such as Adobe Photoshop, provide plenty of options for editing and enhancing photos. In addition to image editing packages software such as Picasa 3, otherwise image cataloging software, includes additional options such as photo slideshows and albums. For the photography industry extra software support for cameras has become much more essential.

The main alteration from previous film based cameras is that digital ones store a larger number of photos with SD cards, and also include LCDs (liquid crystal display). Thus the industry has had to provide alternative processing units that support a greater range of digital camera SD card formats. In the 1990s Kodak began to introduce photo kiosks to print photos from a variety of cards, and other inputs such as DVD.

This has also ensured that photo processing labs have had to largely abandon film processing. That wasn't necessarily ideal for the photo processing labs, and some certainly folded. Reports have stated that 2,400 mini-labs closed in the period from '99 to 2003. That largely due to the extensive investment required for the new digital hardware.

Digital cameras have reduced photo processing requirements. Now that the photos can be printed with printers such as photo quality inkjets, who needs a photo lab? Photos can also be added to photo slideshow software, and digital photo frames. With the digital photo frames selected photos from the camera's SD card can be displayed. As such, digital cameras have ensured something of a decline for photo processing.

As film based cameras have declined so too has the requirement for camera film. Thus the likes of the Konica Minolta Photo Imaging halted production of color film. Others, such as AgfaPhoto, folded entirely. In January 2012 Kodak, who had previously dominated film based photography, also went under. Thus their digital turnaround came a little too late for the former photo industry giants.

Today the digital camera dominates the industry. Whilst that may have reduced the requirements for photo processing, and photo labs, the digital camera provides much greater scope and flexibility for photography. The demise of the film camera and rise of digital photography has generally been great for the industry.


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