What is it that has made digital imaging one of the biggest technological success stories of the past decade, and seen it adopted by people in all walks of life?
The answer is that it gives you all the facilities of a well-specified conventional darkroom and the opportunity to create powerful new imagery, whether based on photographic realism or visual flights of fantasy.
It does so without the need for chemicals or a light-tight room. And in most cases, it does not demand exceptional skills.
Does digital imaging spell the end of conventional photography?
No. In the same way that photography itself did not displace painting and other illustrative art forms, so digital imaging provides the means of expanding and enhancing the range of imaging opportunities available to the photographer.
This is good news for all those with large investments in conventional photographic equipment who fear that it will become redundant.
Digital Imaging for all
One of the great strengths of digital imaging is that almost anyone can learn to do it. The experienced photographer with a lifetime of skills can put them to new and exciting use, while the newcomer can achieve amazing effects from day one.
Whatever your level, you’ll find that digital technology makes learning new techniques both easy and fun: particularly so because the results are immediate.
Don’t worry if you do not have a digital camera, or even a camera of any sort, you can still enjoy the creative art of digital imaging. You’ll start by exploring digital image editing software.
Then, with the tools and basics behind you, you’ll begin turning good images into great pictures.
Digital Image Manipulation
Image manipulation also makes it easy to create terrific panoramas, or to use cherished photos in a greetings card or calendar.
You’ll even take a peek at some of the more extreme possibilities offered, like creating unique 3D landscapes, or turning dull, passport-like portraits into bizarre caricatures.
And if you want to show off your results, how about creating a website?
It’s not as difficult as you think. As long as you can use a computer for everyday activities such as word processing, and, ideally, have had some basic encounters with digital imaging software, you will find you can take your digital camera at a run.