Learning digital photography is fun as you can see your results almost immediately. But there are some differences you’ll need to learn about.
Which is a big contrast to the old world of taking a shot, waiting to finish the film, taking it to a photo lab and then waiting for the results. Digital cameras come in all shapes and forms. Everything from the not-so-simple camera built into your cell phone, through to digital SLRs that offer everything you’d expect and more.
Unless you have a digital SLR camera, the first thing you’ll find is that your camera takes time to think. You press the button and it seems to go through a process of thinking “Oh, they want to take a photo. I’d better do something.” You’d expect this from the camera built into your telephone. After all, there are lots of other things you might be doing instead.
But with a purpose built camera, it can get annoying. This shutter time lag is getting better with the more modern cameras but it still exists. If you’re likely to take shots that aren’t landscapes and aren’t party piece poses, then check the specification of your intended device.
The next thing to think about is the zoom. Taking shots with a zoom lens can be a really good way to take candid photos. Most digital cameras have a zoom built in. But the figures quoted are often slightly confusing. You’ll often see two different figures quoted: an optical zoom and a digital equivalent. What this means is that the optical figure is the same as you’d expect from a regular camera. But the digital one is the same as you taking a photo and blowing it up to a bigger size with your image editing software. The camera guesses (interpolates if you want the official term) what should go in the gaps where you’ve asked it to zoom beyond its optical capabilities.