Photo Technology Getting Cheaper and Easier
Major developments in digital technology are making it easy for anyone to snap a good shot.
For Joe Hall, the price drop in digital SLR cameras couldn't have come at a better time.
"We're taking a spring break trip to New York tomorrow so I wanted the opportunity to break it in and get some good pictures," says Hall.
Steve Biggs of Biggs Camera says not only are today's digital SLRs extremely powerful, they're simple to use.
"With your old cameras you used to have to know what camera speed to buy, how to set an f stop. All that's done pretty much automatically in the cameras."
Not only have the optics in the cameras gotten better but the software that allows you to edit the image you shoot is as well. For example, using iPhoto or Photoshop one can quickly erase a blemish or scar.
Joe says he enjoys the idea of being able to instantly crop or color correct from the comfort of his home.
"I think that's part of the fun and I have a Mac computer and I think that's what it's geared for."
While the new technology is making the pictures more vibrant and the editing easier, Steve Biggs says printing at home really hasn't caught on.
"What we've found is a lot of people will start out printing at home and find out that it is a lot easier just to come in and sit down at a kiosk, put the memory card in, order an 8 x 10, hit print and come in a pick it up," says Biggs.
While the technology is improving your pictures it can't do everything.
"Not everybody understands the basics of photographic composition," explains Biggs.
Which is why no matter what happens with technology, photography will always be an art form.