Whos Taking Digital Photos

Some of the early adopters of high-end digital cameras were photographers doing studio photographs for catalogs and other publications. They were able to quickly adopt these cameras for a variety of reasons. To begin with, objects such as birdhouses or dinner plates don't move. This makes it possible to get the long exposures required by some high-resolution cameras that take three exposures to get a full color image. Another reason is that the images are usually reproduced small enough so their faults don't show. Finally, the production houses that prepare the catalogs prefer to receive digital images so they can avoid the time and cost of scanning them.

This studio image was taken with Sound Vision s CMOS-PRO—the first CMOS digital camera specifically designed for the graphic arts professional. Image courtesy of Sound Vision Inc.

Commercial photographers were amongst the first to adopt digital photography. Using expensive digital backs to large format cameras, these photographers are turning out images that rival those from film-based cameras.

Mike Berceanu shot this image on the Agfa StudioCam scanning digital camera. Courtesy of Mike Berceanu.

Reporters and news organizations such as the Associated Press have adopted digital cameras because the photos can be immediately transmitted from the site where they're taken over telephone lines or even a wireless connection. And once received, they are ready to use, no lab processing is required. A photo of the winning touchdown at a Super Bowl game can appear in a paper across the country within minutes. The low-resolution of digital cameras (compared to silver-based film) doesn't matter because newspaper printing is also low-resolution. Good sites on digital photojournalism are Rob Galbraith's and Dirck Halstead's.

A rescue helicopter approaches the cliffs of Dover, England and rescues a man stranded by the incoming tide.

Weegee may not have put down his flash-bulb equipped Grapflex for a digital camera, but law enforcement agencies sure have. Like others, they are attracted to the speed of processing and the ability to easily enhance images and distribute them on-line.

Digital photography is ideal for many scientific applications. Here a special digital camera has captured the spectral reflectance properties of plants so their status can be determined. Using photographs such as these, farmers are better able to manage their crops.

Digital cameras can also be used for special purposes. Here's an image taken with the Dycam ADC camera. And who ever said there wasn't art in science? I'd love to see what creative photographers could do with this camera. Courtesy of Dycam.

Digital image sensors have been used in astronomy for years. They are now widely used in place of film, even on the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows one ofthe most complex planetary nebulae ever seen, NGC 6543, nicknamed the "Cat's Eye Nebula." Hubble reveals surprisingly intricate structures including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas and unusual shock-induced knots of gas. Estimated to be 1,000years old, the nebula is a visual "fossil record" ofthe dynamics and late evolution of a dying star. This image was created with support to Space Telescope Science Institute, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc., from NASA contract NAS5-26555 and is reproduced with permission from AURA/STSd.

When you fly a camera through space or land it on another planet, getting film back to Earth is a big problem. The solution, of course, is to use a digital camera and send the image back digitally by radio transmission. That's exactly what was done on the Mars Rover mission where a small vehicle crawled across the surface of the planet sending back images—some of them in stereo.

Full view ofthe Earth, taken by GOES-8 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) on 2 September 1994 at 18:00 UT. Courtesy of Public Use of Remote Data.

It's common practice to take videos or photographs of what's revealed by a microscope. One of the masters of this was Roman Vishniac who was a true scientific artists. Digital cameras are ideal for this situation because the images can be immediately displayed.

Normal human bone captured through a Nikon microscope with SoundVision s CMOS-PRO. Image courtesy of Sound Vision, Inc.

Kids are getting into digital photography in a big way. With the recent development of low-cost image sensors that are used in cameras, companies are developing more products that include vision. Cameras can now go into products in which they were previously too expensive or bulky.

Mattel and Intel have jointly created the Intel Play X3™Microscope.

Mattel Media has the Barbie Digital Camera that's inexpensive and, surprise—it's PINK. It holds only 6 images at 240 x 320 resolution but costs $64. It comes with software that lets kids use their photographs to create cards and place their photos into Barbie scenes. Mattel is also exploring digital cameras for boys

(camouflage maybe?).

The Barbie Photo Designer Digital Camera brings low-cost digital imaging to kids. Courtesy of Mattel media.

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