Gordon Wildman Photography



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Digital Photography:


    Digital photography has impacted every facet of the photographic process.  From the camera to the computer, from software to printing and from digital storage to visual presentation. The immediacy of seeing the picture as soon as it is taken to having a print in hand in minutes is remarkable.  But for all the changes, the core of photography is still the same. Quality of light, great composition, shutter speeds and f-stops, sensor sensitivity or better known as film speed in the film world, getting to know your subject, and capturing the moment, are all still essentially the same as they have always been.

    The quality of digital photography has now reached a point of matching or exceeding 35mm film depending on your budget, and your printing requirements.  Film is still used by some professionals that shoot landscape photography and a few other areas that demand large gallery quality prints or specific film characteristics.  Film will not completely disappear, but digital imaging has had a more dramatic impact faster than most thought it would.  No matter what process you use, the thrill, and satisfaction is the same or potentially exceeded in digital photography because of the ability to control the process from beginning to end.  But the old techniques still apply in the digital age.

    The process can be as simple or complex as you have the time and budget for.  Getting into the how's and why's of the digital process can be very labor intensive.  As far as digital camera's go, they have made significant strides in quality and price.  All Dslr camera's coming out now can make quality enlargements.  The Canon 5d mark III, for example, has a 24 mega pixel full frame sensor that achieves amazing results.  It has a price tag of around $3500 but can make beautiful prints over 16x20.  Digital SLR cameras are usually 6 to 34 megapixels, and can produce excellent enlargements especially if you use quality lenses and have some experience with Adobe Photoshop or similar software.  Digital SLR cameras typically start at about $500 on up.

    The business of photography has been and is currently going through a serious transitional phase.  The stock image business has seen a new business model with the introduction of micro stock images.  Demand for photography is higher than ever because of the internet, but prices for images are changing dramatically for the professional photographer.  There are more photographers and in turn more images because of digital photography.  How this plays out for the business of photography is still to be seen.



Gear List:


Canon 80d digital slr camera, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 lens, Canon 50mm 1.8 stm lens, Tamron 1.4x sp af pro, Canon 400mm f5.6L lens, Slik Carbon Fiber Tripod, Bogen Ballhead, B+W Circular Polarizing Filter.