Digital and film imaging systems have different cost emphases. Digital
cameras are significantly more expensive than film equivalents, but
taking photographs with them is effectively cost-free. The price of
digital cameras continues to fall. Other costs associated with digital
photography are specialist batteries, memory cards, paper, printer ink
cartridges plus backup & storage. On the other hand Film prices have
risen in recent years as supply diminishes.
As the price drops on digital cameras, the quality of the pictures they
produce continues to rise.
In the long run digital cameras can be more cost-effective than
traditional film photography. There is no film to buy or any chemical
processing cost, and digital printing can be inexpensive if you don't
print the photographs on your home computer. This is a very important
point when taking into consideration the cost of the ink cartridges,
special photo quality paper including the purchase price of a photo
quality Printer which could set you back between £50 for an entry level
model or £500 for a Professional model. As an example the total cost for
you to print 200 - 6"x 4" size pictures on your home computer would be
in the region of £55 for the consumables alone.
Taking the same example and quantity as above, the total cost for a
quality gloss/matt printing service, including return postage to your
home address, from many of the online print services will cost you around
£15.50p a saving of around £39.50. You may wish to shop around, online, as
prices and quality will vary and therefore you will properly find and
even better deal.
You may wish take your digital pictures to one of the many retail
outlets in your high street or shopping centre; However our personal
choice would be an online photofinishing service such as Bonusprint,
Truprint, Jessops, Kodakgallery, Photobox, Snapfish, Tesco and
bootsphoto services etc, its well worth the effort...
One final note; Do not forget to put
your images through
product to create extraordinary photos before printing them. We would
commend one of the The Adobe® Photoshop® family of products as
good software for most beginners and advance users.
Also after selecting the pictures you require on your camera or home
computer you don't have to pay for prints you don't want, and there's no
extra cost to share your pictures by e-mail or over the Internet.
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