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Date: Oct 17 2008

Themes: Hobbies, Tech


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Technology often changes an art form. Think about how the electric guitar affected music. Plenty of people still play music on more traditional instruments, but it was the guitar that first filled sports stadiums with music fans.

That was 50 years ago, so we can look back and see how music changed. But most recently, photography has gotten a new piece of technology. Go to any landmark anywhere in the world and you will find people with digital cameras. Look at any page on this site or any other social network and you’ll see digital photos people took of themselves and their friends.

But before digital cameras, the number of photos people took was limited by the cost of film and developing it. Photos had to be printed in newspapers or books to be shared with lots of people.

How have digital cameras changed the art of photography? In time it will be clearer, but you can listen to Jason and Amanda’s thoughts on the subject now.


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Jason:  So I was cleaning out my closet the other day and I found my old camera, just like a really cheap little camera. But I threw some film in there that was lying around too and I actually took some photos, you know, on film for the first time in years.

Amanda:  Wait, did you say film? Or did you say memory card?

Jason:  Exactly.

Amanda:  Did I hear you right? What was this from? High school?

Jason:  Yeah. From high school.

Amanda:  See, that’s crazy because I can’t remember the last time I talked to someone that actually had a camera that used film and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.

Jason:  I don’t know either. I’ve seen some really good digital photos though.

Amanda:  I have too. And digital photography has made the art of photography more accessible to people who didn’t have a lab or didn’t have access to one or didn’t want to learn the process or skill of developing film.

Jason:  But I found that it was cool to only have 20 pictures and just use them carefully and then I’m going to get them all developed and they’re all going to come at once. You know what I mean?

Amanda:  That’s true. There’s something to be said for that. You have to use some discretion otherwise…Today you have a thousand photos or opportunities to do whatever you want with.

Jason:  Exactly. And you can actually miss a moment because you’re too busy taking a hundred pictures of it.

Amanda:  That’s so true.

Jason:  Whereas, if you have a camera with film, you can just take one picture and you’re like, “OK, I got it,” you know?

Amanda:  That’s very true and there’s more satisfaction to developing a roll of 20 and seeing what you got there versus a thousand pulling up on your computer.

Jason:  Yeah.

Amanda:  So let me guess, you developed the film and you scanned them in and now they’re digital files and you put them on your Flickr account?

Jason:  Totally. Right there on Ebaby! and MySpace, everywhere.



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While cleaning his closet, Jason found his old camera. He even found some film with it so he decided to take some pictures. Amanda is surprised. She had almost forgotten about cameras that use film.

Jason and Amanda agree that digital photography is cool because so many more people can take and share their photos now since you don’t have to have a darkroom to develop them. Some digital pictures are really good too! But in some ways, it’s nice to have a limited number of pictures to take. It makes you value them and it keeps you from wasting time taking hundreds of pictures of the same thing!

But of course, Amanda knows that film or digital, Jason won’t be able to resist showing off his photos on the Internet. He scanned them in to share with his friends. When was the last time you had film developed? Do you think digital cameras have been good for the art of photography or do you think it was better back when film was more common?



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i do like photography too!haha.good lesson!:)


05:14 AM Oct 19 2008 |


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

interesting lesson

10:40 PM Oct 18 2008 |




i think that cameras with film are just our sweet memores from the past, from our childhood))))

10:15 PM Oct 18 2008 |




digital cameras are our everyday life whuch make our reality more colourful and unforgettable. I think that nowadays there is no place for anything out-of-date especially high-tech. and cameras with films are just our memories from the past,from our childhood))))

10:13 PM Oct 18 2008 |



My English is poor~

03:06 PM Oct 18 2008 |



nice voiceWink

02:30 PM Oct 18 2008 |




it is nice to have a limited number of pices to take. it makes you value them and it keeps you from wasting time…...it is very great , life just like that.being limited gives your more free and value…..

01:07 PM Oct 18 2008 |




12:20 PM Oct 18 2008 |




I think  that digital cameras are better because you can take more pictures to have more chances to catch any important moment and you dont need to go to any dark room to develop them.   

05:09 AM Oct 18 2008 |



The digital camera is the best thing , cause you can choose the best photo without spend a long time. If you don like take it off.

02:03 AM Oct 18 2008 |



yeah digital makes everything easier for people who don't know how to develop films or need to pay to have it developed instead. However, the value of taking the best shots are slowly disregarded.


01:19 AM Oct 18 2008 |




I like a lot my digital camera!
Without it I’m nothing! hehe
Hugs :)

08:40 PM Oct 17 2008 |




Nice lesson!
Great method and a calm language ;)

08:38 PM Oct 17 2008 |




good :)

05:01 PM Oct 17 2008 |



i think digital camera is amazing.now a day everyone is enjoying with digital camera.

04:09 PM Oct 17 2008 |



well done ~~

04:07 PM Oct 17 2008 |




good lesson

01:14 PM Oct 17 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i am a photographer,yes digital camera is wonderfull and everyone can take excellent photoes but i miss dark room too!

10:04 AM Oct 17 2008 |




i,too, quite cherish the days when there is no digital camera. we valued every fiim we took carefully. nowadays, the digital camera is cheap and easily functional, everyone can make a use of it. when something is too popular, there is something missed in out heart.

07:22 AM Oct 17 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

perfect lesson

04:07 AM Oct 17 2008 |

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