Ditch the Film for Digital Photos?

Do you love to take pictures the old fashioned way& with film? There's a new generation of digital photography& and like the old commercial said, sort of, it's come a long way, baby.

The first digital cameras were bulky and expensive, and the pictures looked like really bad modern art if you blew them up big enough to see them. Not any more. Small, relatively inexpensive cameras are changing photography. Bay Photo Alex Gilmore's been in the photography business for decades, helping folks save those memories for future generations. When he saw digital photography, no need for film, no need for paper or chemicals or processing, it was frightening. "Yea, it was. We thought it would put us out of business, quite frankly."

But instead, he's helping people move from film to digital. "Some of them still have both, some of them still use both. I think there's going to come a time though when they won't feel like they have to do that. Actually the time is now and has been passed where they could use a digital camera just like a film camera, more or less."

The proof is in the pictures. Gilmore points to a digital snapshot taken with a common, consumer grade camera. "With the winter trees and the twigs sticking up the top of the tree, against the light background really sharp looking. You couldn't have, it was impossible, three or four years ago, you couldn't do that. It wouldn't be as sharp, and you'd loose the sharp, it would be a little fuzzy, it wouldn't be as contrasty and snappy looking like it is now. The biggest improvement in digital has made in the last few years, is retaining the detail in those light tones. Before, the light tones would kinda get blown out and it would just look like a blank sheet of paper. Now they've really got contrast under control a lot, and so the highlights don't blow out as bad as they used to. They're very good now."