Digital photography offers many advantages and a few disadvantages to conventional film cameras. The ease and speed of digital has made instant gratification addictive. Being able to take a picture and almost instantly see and edit it in the small LCD screen located on the back of every camera is a huge advantage over film. With the use of instant editing you walk away with the picture you imagined and usually many cool experiments you might not have expected. The ability to erase images on-site allows you freedom to play with your photography and not waste money on processing and prints that are just going to hit the trash.
The major disadvantage of digital to film is cost. Digital cameras are getting cheaper every day as new technologies are released but the average camera is still two to three times as expensive. You do save when it comes to film and processing. I exposed over 40,000 images with my digital camera in my first year. Holy cow! By my estimations that is over $16,500 in film and processing savings but then there is printing. On average 4"x6" prints run $.20 more per print when processed at a lab. You can relieve some of this cost with a home photo printer. Discover the true advantages of digital photography; stop paying someone else to develop your photos. Print only the ones you like with a new photo quality printer and photo paper. Beautiful, high-quality and long-lasting prints are now possible thanks to advances in technology.
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