For a few years now camera manufacturers have released numerous digital still cameras that have replaced traditional film bodies. From point and shoot to large format professional systems there is now an affordable camera to cover all situations.
With advances in image control, manipulation, storage and transmission, it seems digital cameras are now far superior to the film cameras they replaced. Print production has now all but gone digital both injket and offset has become fully reliant on digital capture.
There are some labs that continue to use photochemical methods of print production due to the huge investment in those systems. I would suggest that high end inkjet quality is now on the verge of wiping out that industry due to the image quality and print longevity on an ever increasing array of print materials. Even color laser quality has improved and is now used for rough proofs.
I no longer consider photography to be digital or traditional, it is what it is. Traditional could be egg white on paper or bitumen on glass. If you are learning still photography it is now by nature, digital.
It seems now that with the introduction of the RED digital cinema camera, Hollywood is about to see the demise of 35 or 70mm film as a standard. Extreme high definition of the 4K files from the RED camera will become the standard as hardware is cheap and editing systems more reliable and affordable.
The RED ONE camera platform can shoot all formats currently except standard definition video. Good riddance to interlaced SD analogue I say. What this means is that all TV studios, live news, feature production, telemovies, drama, sitcom, independent and major release cinema can all be shot on this unique non video digital cinema camera. Perhaps even the word “Video” will disappear to be replaced by something else more fitting.
Just as the term ” desktop publishing” disappeared as all publishing is desktop, non linear digital video and film editing will become one; editing.
With the emergence of competition for main stream television in the form of full HD online content and now Apple TV’s 720p Podcast standard, the RED camera will allow independent content to flourish as a high quality alternative to “Free to air” or Cable broadcast.
As a PhotoGeek I now pronounce chemical emulsion film and print technology, in all it’s forms, DEAD.