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Monday, November 9, 2009

Professional Digital Cameras Are A Head Above The Rest

By Tracy Littleton

The realm of digital photography has expanded, and technology has improved to the point where professional photographers can comfortably make the transition from their 35mm film cameras (or SLR -- "single lens reflex") to fully professional digital cameras ("digital SLR"). The features provided by the latest digital SLR's allow the photographer to review his or her captures, keep the good ones and discard any undesired shots. This is just the most basic benefit over the old film cameras, and we will take a look at some other ones in this article.

Professional digital cameras can also take pictures in two of the best image formats around: Tagged Image Film Format (TIFF) and RAW, these are great because they are uncompressed and so they are extremely high quality. "RAW" is not actually a file type but a general term used to describe raw images that have not been processed yet and are stored as data. Each manufacturer has their own RAW extension, for example; Sony's ".arw", or Nikon's ".nef". Professional photographers need these uncompressed images so that they can edit them from the base up with software on their computer. This takes every step of photography out of the dark room and into the computer, with limitless results and possibilities. With uncompressed images and high quality photo edit software, you can edit any part of a photograph that you do not want or need, and it will not affect the photo itself. This is possible with software programs that use uncompressed image files.

Professional digital cameras also allow you to switch out your lens just like the old film SLR's. This is great, as professional photographers can have an array of lenses for their digital cameras much like they would with any other camera. Lenses come in all kinds of configurations, from zoom depth, telephoto, wide angle, macro and prime lens. Some lenses have a set aperture or exposure ratio, while others allow manual control. This can give you a wide array of shooting options and can let you take truly professional photographs with easy.

These are powerful tools because you can combine the special lenses, the uncompressed photos, and the photo editing software you can use will make it possible for you to be a sort of unstoppable force. While these features are certainly not necessary for just anyone taking photographs, they are valuable tools for any enthusiast or professional. While true diehards still use the 35mm film SLR cameras, the DSLR can make it a tough decision for anyone serious about photography.

Professionals that use digital cameras can easily share photos with clients or companies when need be. A traveling photographer doesn't have to wait to return home and have his or her film processed in a dark room before viewing the results. Professional digital cameras bring a whole host of new features to the table that used to be unimaginable, and it is a load of stress off of any professional photographer's shoulders.

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