Understanding Digital Photography

Photography is an art, process, and discipline of making digital images through the process of photographing light, usually by means of an optical lens, by using an electronic camera, or chemically via a reactive substance like photographic paper. Photographers document events and activities by using a combination of different techniques in combination with one another to create a meaningful and memorable image. There are many styles of photography, including portraiture, fashion photography, landscape photography, glamour photography, image therapy photography, photojournalism, still life photography, wedding photography, and still life photography. Modern technology has enabled the creation of state-of-the-art computer software for the photographer, such that he can create, store, manipulate, and print his images in his own office at home, without having to leave the comfort of his chair.


Photography has three basic types: point-and-shoot photography, SLR (single lens reflex) photography, studio photography. Point-and-shoot cameras use automatic and semi-automatic focusing systems; they have fixed camera positions and manual controls for selecting, composing, and aiming the lens. On the other hand, SLR (single lens reflex) cameras utilize mechanical and fully automatic focal units; they provide more options for composing, as well as automatic and semi-automatic focusing systems. Modern cameras generally incorporate both autofocus and other optical technologies to enable users to achieve the effects desired.

A key aspect of professional photography is obtaining the right settings, such that the image and quality produced is of highest quality. This is achieved by using a combination of shutter speed, aperture, focus distance, lighting conditions, and creative editing skills. The use of camera flash also helps in achieving clarity and greater depth of field. It is advisable to learn the various techniques of photography, such as exposure, composition, and framing in order to produce the best images possible. There is plenty of information on photography online, which provides a clear insight into the different techniques of photography, along with clear instructions for obtaining clear and high-quality images.

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