4 Speaking Digital

I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.

ANSEL ADAMS

Computer technology today places immensely powerful and precise tools in the hands of photographers. The same desktop or laptop computer that you use to author documents, surf the Internet, and communicate electronically can also serve as an image processing platform with capabilities matching—and often exceeding—those previously possible only using a state-of-the-art darkroom. Moreover, computers can perform image-processing tasks with greater speed, accuracy, and comfort than what was possible in the analog age.

Both hardware ...

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