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While the principle of
controlling the access
of light to a recording
medium has remained
unchanged, today’s
cameras—all high-tech
precision instruments—
could not be more
different from their
early counterparts.
The first models were
essentially large, empty,
boxes. With a modicum of
skill, early enthusiasts could build their
own. But a modern camera is not only
small, it is incredibly densely packed.
Just about every cubic millimeter is
crammed with electronic circuitry,
optical, mechanical, and powermanagement
components. And while
the first cameras simply allowed the
operator to focus the lens, a modern
camera has a profusion of buttons,
dials, and displays on its back.
Most modern cameras require such
high precision and delicacy in assembly
that even the most skilled hands can no
longer be relied on to assemble one.
Many camera
components are so
delicate that only
computer-controlled
machinery can handle
them without causing
damage. The next time
you hold even a modest
modern camera,
remember that it has
been built with more
finesse, and uses more
intricate parts, than the
most finely crafted Fabergé egg.
Cameras were formerly opticalmechanical
devices—combining lenses
and fine machinery—but now a great
deal of the mechanics has been
replaced by electronics or electrical
parts. This is true of both film-using
and digital cameras. The integration
of three separate systems of optics,
mechanical parts, and electronic
controls is a technological triumph.
Nonetheless, almost all of the famous
images we know and love were created
on film cameras, rather than digital.
Indeed, many photographers still prefer
to use mechanical cameras such as the
Leica or Hasselblad, not only because
of their reliability and simplicity of
operation, but because they allow a
more direct experience of the subject.What has most radically changed in
photography since the mid-1990s is, of
course, the advent of digital imaging.
This has inevitably affected camera
design, but the impact on optical design
has been no less revolutionary. The
explosive growth of digital photography—
around 100% per year for the early
years of the 21st century—has given rise
to today’s most-asked photographic
question: should photographers abandon
film, and if so, when? This chapter is
designed to help you understand some
of the technical issues, so that you can
reach the right conclusion for you.
However, technology has not
completely superseded traditional
photography skills: darkroom film
Wide-angle views
Wide-angle lenses allow the photographer to
capture a greater depth of field, so they are
popular for photographing the natural world.
Panoramic shots
Views which take in more than the eye can see
(below) are one of photography’s contributions
to how we see the world. The panorama is an
artificiality created by a special camera or lens.
Photography on the move
Today’s photographer relies on a sophisticated
range of tools (right), but such modern,
lightweight equipment would have been
beyond the dreams of early photographers.
Close-up views
Formerly the province of well-equipped
enthusiasts, close-up photography is now
possible with almost any digital camera.
processing and making fine prints from
an enlarger remain highly fulfilling
creative activities. One of the joys of
photography is that it really does have
something for everyone, from compact
digital and film-using cameras that will
do all the work for you and still
produce satisfactory, sometimes even
astonishingly successful results, to large format
cameras that, according to
many photographers, still cannot be
beaten for image quality.
As well as cameras, there is a wide
range of attachments and accessories
available to the modern photographer.
This chapter will guide you through the
myriad choices available