How Digital Cameras Capture Images

If you've previously shot film and are new to digital media, this chapter is for you. Here you'll find basic information about the types of digital cameras, camera components and concepts, and shooting tips.

People take photographs for many different reasons. Some take pictures for scientific purposes, some shoot to document the world for the media, some make their living shooting products for advertisements, and others shoot for enjoyment or purely artistic purposes. Whatever your reason for picking up a camera and framing an image, an understanding of how cameras work can help you improve the quality of your images.

This chapter covers:

• Camera Components and Concepts (p. 11)

Types of Digital Cameras

In its most basic form, a digital camera is a photographic device consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end, and a digital image sensor at the other in place of the traditional film plane. Advances in digital photography are fast providing a wide spectrum of features and options that can be challenging for the new digital photographer to master.

There are two basic types of digital cameras: digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) and digital rangefinder.

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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