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Digital Photography Is Photography

In various places throughout this book, there are occasional comparisons between digital and film photography. In the end, the differences are really no more than technical and procedural details. Photography is point of view, framing, and timing. In that regard, digital photography is fundamentally no different than film photography. Only the tools have changed.

Digital tools have changed not only the technical aspects of photography, but the personal as well. For many people, digital photography has reignited their interest and passion for photography. With digital photography, it's much easier to explore the world visually with a camera and share your explorations with family, friends, and the rest of the world. Instant feedback and the ability to delete bad shots translates to a perfect learning environment for improving your photographic skills. Although you may not be keeping all your photos, don't be too quick to delete the bad shots. Take time to study the failed images so you can see why they didn't work. Everyone can recognize an image they are disappointed with, but knowing what went wrong is the key to taking better photos in the future.

Just as you can learn from the bloopers, so can you learn from the photos that do work—study your successful images as well. Remember what worked in those images as you look through the viewfinder. Make more images like them, and make better images, too. Above all, take more pictures! Photography is all about seeing, and the more you look, the more you will see. A practiced eye is one of the best tools a photographer can have. If you are used to looking for good images, you'll find them. Give your eyes plenty of practice. Digital photography makes this easier than ever.

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