Old-fashioned is best

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 June, 2008, 12:00am

Nowadays, digital cameras are becoming popular. Almost everyone has one. The digital camera improves on the traditional camera's shortcomings.

There are many advantages to using digital camera. It saves on the fee and time of developing photos. Furthermore you can check the quality of the photographs the moment they are taken, and if they are bad you can take them again. Also, you can post the photos on the internet to share with your friends.

But I like using a traditional camera. Although digital cameras can now produce high-definition pictures, they can never replace the traditional camera. Each time I take photographs to be developed I love the anticipation of finally collecting them. Of course you don't get this feeling with a digital camera.

Also, I think people might not take much care if they take pictures with a digital camera, whereas if they are paying for film and developing costs they will treat their pictures much more seriously.

Wong Ka-ying, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your fascinating letter, Ka-ying. Cameras are indeed very special tools we use to capture the important moments in our lives. Photos are like money that we deposit in the banks of our memories to pay us later when we wish to recall those times. When we are older they will spark fond memories, bringing back the faces of old friends or neighbourhoods or calling to mind happy events. But they can be so much more if used to create art.

There have been some really great photographers who have used the good old traditional camera to create masterpieces. Perhaps it depends on what you want the end result to be.

Susan, Editor