Digital photography was something of a novelty when it first appeared in the 1980s, offering instant feedback but at a level of quality that barely satisfied even amateur photographers. The game changed when Nikon introduced the pro-level DCS 420 in 1991, and in 2014 virtually all photographs, amateur and professional, are made with digital cameras.
No more darkrooms! Even those of us who admire the look of a well-made silver print would admit that making it is a painstaking and often tedious process. Working with a digital photograph is a totally different thing: you can view it on a computer screen, tweak it with Photoshop, e-mail it to your friends, print it almost instantly… what’s not to like about that? Well, it turns out that digital photography has some surprising drawbacks. [More…]