Just one decade ago, filmmakers and photographers almost exclusively used film to shoot their movies and photos, but with the vast technological advancements in film making, nearly 90% of the top-grossing Hollywood films are shot digitally. This has opened up a world of opportunity, not just for the Hollywood elite, but amateurs as well. In the past, those working with a small budget were limited to only a few cost-effective film ideas, but digital memory storage, and improved CGI effects now make creating any genre film, or shooting any amount of photos possible without the need for millions of dollars. Today, young students are incorporating new forms of technology into their educations, which makes learning how to shoot and edit digital film easier by the day. With this infusion of technology into the film and photo world, the barrier for artistic expression for amateurs is falling fast.
Digital Storage Saves Time and Money
One of the major catalysts to opening up these new possibilities for budding filmmakers is the advancements of digital storage. In the old days of shooting on film, directors and producers spent large amounts of money on heavy, metal film reels that needed to be switched out after just a few minutes. Shooting on film also makes it important not to waste valuable time. Directors are limited in their ability to experiment with new ideas, and fully express themselves creatively with film, because going out on a limb will literally cost them. However, with digital film, there is no limit to how much you want to shoot. Unneeded shots can be easily deleted at the press of a button, and digital memory cards can store endless amounts of video and photo images at a fraction of the price of film.
For photographers, using digital memory has distinct advantages because they can take as many pictures as they want and instantly see what they shot. Like filmmakers, unwanted photos can be instantly deleted to create more storage for new ones. Having the option to take as many photos as possible greatly increases the volume of photographs someone can take, which in turn increases the chances that they’re able to snap that “gem” worth framing.
The Modern Editing Bay
New technology doesn’t just present advantages to artists in the field, but it also helps them tremendously when the work comes home. Video and photo editing software has completely revolutionized the way filmmakers and photographs fine tune and piece their work together. Digitally altered photos are nearly impossible to distinguish from unaltered ones, and CGI effects are cheaper and more realistic than ever before. Young, low-budget directors can now make a sci-fi alien invasion movie at a super low cost without sacrificing artistic quality. Photographers can log into Photoshop to remove blemishes from a model’s face or tweak the lighting to a landscape photo without anyone being able to notice the digital modifications. Naturally, this does create some concerns for identifying truly authentic work, but this pales in comparison to the incredible tools it offers to the artist. Not to mention that video and photographs have been used to deceive people long before the advent of digital alterations.
Modern filmmaking and photography still presents many challenges for young artists, but the accessibility and affordability of digital technology provides them with more tools to be able to produce professional-quality work. By breaking down the monetary constraints in these fields, film and photography will see a boom in original ideas that are actually possible for just about anyone to produce. Increased memory storage and digital editing are just the first parts of these industries to be changed by this technological revolution, and that can only mean more quality work will be available for the world to see.