What Kinds of Digital Photos are being Taken

People like David Grenewetzki think nothing of strapping their new digital camera to a remote control airplane, or even a rocket, and launching it into the wild blue yonder to capture photos from a bird's-eye view. Until camera prices come way down, you might want to find other applications for your new camera.

What could be more fun than strapping your new camera onto a remote control airplane for pictures from hundreds of feet up! Check out David's site for lots more on this and rockets too. Image © 1997-1998 by David Grenewetzki.

Fine art photography is a broad category that has included everything from the amazing prints of Ansel Adams to fuzzy prints from a pinhole camera. It's not at all surprising that digital cameras have become part of the hardware repertoire that artists work with. Long before Jerry Uelsmann was making montages, this form of photography was going on. Here is a 1905 image by Adelaide Hanscom that has many of the features we see in manipulated digital art.

Adelaide Hanscom did an entire series of manipulated images to illustrate a 1905 edition of the Rubiyat.

Photographs don't always have to be put to work. Most are really just for enjoyment. Capturing memories and strange sights are just a few such uses.

There is a grand tradition of photographing on the street, capturing the fast action as it unfurls. This style of photography grew out of the freedom first offered by the 35 mm Leica, the first camera to truly allow high quality photography on the fly. Previously, cameras were tethered to tripods, or bulky and obvious. Bring up a one of those big, boxy Graflexs to take a picture and people ducked or fled the scene. Bring up a Leica and no one notices, not even when it makes its muffled "click." Some digital cameras are even smaller than the Leica and make no sound at all.

These mannequins in a London store window seemed quite willing to be photographed. Overcoming my usual shyness, I fired away.

Nature photography is perhaps one of the most difficult kinds of photography. Subjects are elusive; one reason why so many "nature" photographs are taken in zoos and preserves where it's like shooting fish in a barrel. However, if you do it au natural, nature photography joyfully merges a love of the outdoors with a love of making images. If no good shots appear, you've still had a nice walk.

One the first and most lasting applications of photography has been to bring distant worlds home to viewers. Digital photography now makes it possible to put all of your images on the Web and bore the entire world instead of just your friends and family. (I am probably the only photographer who fell asleep while showing his own slides.) One nice thing about digital cameras is that you can show your images on a TV set. You can even select only the best and copy them from you computer back onto the camera's storage device so you can give an edited slide show of just the best images. Some of the issues of digital travel photography are discussed in the section Travel Photography.

Stonehenge sits alone on England's Salisbury Plain looking much like it must have to those who built it thousands of years ago.

It's often necessary to make photographic copies of documents and objects. For example, a museum might want an illustrated inventory of everything in its possession. Digital cameras are ideal for this application.

Here an old advertisement for camera lenses has been copied.

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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