Torsten Andreas Hoffmann
Digital photography has conquered the market at breakneck speed despite the
fact that in the early years of the technology, professional photographers eyed
its development with skepticism. As photographers migrated from analog to
digital, they suff ered through more than their share of growing pains, struggling
with the new technology and doubting its viability. The following questions
were among those being asked:
• Is it actually possible to make large, quality prints from digital images?
• Don’t digital photos look artifi cial?
• Do the colors look natural?
• How does digitalization aff ect black and white photography?
In order to answer these questions and to get acquainted with digital photo graphy,
one thing was certain: it was necessary for photographers to devote time
to learn about the technology. Not only was it essential for photographers to
become familiar with a new, and rather complex camera technology, it was also
necessary to thoroughly understand the new image manipulation programs.
Many photographers initially shied away from these eff orts, and as a result, traditional
analog photography had to be defended by those who had not even
acquired an in-depth know ledge of the digital process.