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How digital technology has changed photography

How digital technology has changed photography

Thursday August 03, 2017,

4 min Read

The digital technology shapes and reshapes the world with each release of new technology or new breakthroughs. Photography is one of many things that went through dozens of changes thanks to the advancements in the field of digital tech. Take any aspect of photography, and you will clearly see that it is still in the process of evolution, driven by better processor architecture, faster memory modules, enhanced software solutions, etc.With this in mind, we have decided to take some of these aspects and present them to you as a showcase of how digital technology changed photography.


DSLR Cameras

Digital cameras have significantly changed the lives of photographers worldwide. Back in the "digital free" days, photographers had to be a very skilled artist who had to handle dozens of factors to make a good photo. Taking a perfect shot was somewhat of science.

With the coming of DSLR cameras, the number of professional photographers has exponentially risen. This is because now you can take hundreds of shots before you learn all the settings and concepts, such as ISO, depth of field, f/stop, and aperture. Back in the day, you had 24 shots, and you had to wait to see the results.

Storing and Sharing

Developing photos from a film was a time-consuming process all photographers had to make. Now with the newest DSLR devices, you have access to instant feedback on the screen to check how a photo looks, Bluetooth connection with your computer to send image files, change memory cards on the go, etc.

For instance, the newest UHS-II memory cards' transfer is now at 312 MB per second and can store up to 64 GB of data. They are also so small that in theory, you can carry dozens of them with you. Though, you won't really need that many.

Thanks to the latest internet technology, photographers now have a chance to make a career as stock photographers. There are several high traffic stock photo websites where photographers can sell their photographs and make a serious buck.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is another digital factor that has an influence on photography. Thanks to it, photography had to move away from the artistic sphere to a more practical one. Photographers are required to be more people-oriented than they were years ago. Making a name for you requires knowledge about social media and blogs.

All this has added a new background to photography that has to be addressed to reach success. Take a look online in the digital photography circles; all well-known photographers are very active on social media, and many of them are active bloggers.

Photo Editing

Back in the day, photo editing was science fiction for all photographers. The photo you got after developing the film was all that you had. There was no editing, except cutting it and making a collage. Nowadays there are dozens of software tools for image editing and post processing. The options in front of photographers are many; there are even online editing tools.

The mainstream software tools are Photoshop and Lightroom. In fact, image post-processing became a career. There are even specialized companies that offer photo editing services as their primary service. This is a nice example how digital trends made a need for new job openings in the photography industry.


The advancements in web technology created a need for photographers who specialize in certain categories. For instance, the e-commerce industry requires top-notch product photographers. The same goes for website development and digital portfolios.

All these changes lead to a climate where photographers are getting more interested in finding and progressing in an online career. In the website development industry, there are also spots for photographers; some of the clients require unique and specific images to be used as a background on the website or a site to be one big interactive photograph.


Developing photos was not an easy job, and the procedure required not only chemical materials but also enormous personal effort and time. Well, now we can print digital images while in the comfort of our homes. The technology allows photographers to get a finished product with just a few clicks.

There are even websites that offer photo printing as service. You upload your photos, pick the frame or the photo book model and voila, you have printed photos on your doorstep without even leaving the house.

As you can see, the changes were brought to all aspects of photography ranging from film and technical proficiency needed to take a photo for post-processing and printing. The emerging digital technology trends are yet to shape photography.

The photography trends for the year 2017 are also shaped by some of the digital technology achievements. If you want to stay tuned for the latest changes and developments in the field of photography, make sure to follow the experts on social media sites and read relevant blog posts on renowned photography sites.


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