Digital photography is a process that creates an image focused by a lens through a variety of light sensitive sensors. The digital camera stores the image on some form of digital memory which will either be a hard drive within the camera or a removable storage device. Most digital cameras have both. Once stored, the images are then available for future processing, which includes creative applications, image correction procedures, online distribution and printing.
As opposed to conventional photography, digital photography relies totally on computer technology. This means that photographers using digital cameras must have both the hardware and software facilities required as well as the understanding of how the process and importantly, how the software works.
For commercial photographers digital photography provides significant benefits in terms of ease of use, flexibility, immediacy, image distribution, storage and access options for their customers. Wedding photographers for example have for some time been using their websites for controlled access to portfolios of images and even combining online selection with e-commerce capabilities to enable their customers to easily purchase online.
So, digital media provides a wide spectrum of benefits both to the photographer and their customers.
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