PHOTOGRAPHERS at the Post have embraced the introduction of new technology with gusto. These days, instead of beavering away in a cramped, antiquated darkroom, the 'snappers' are more likely to be found at the computers, adjusting tones and colours, clicking buttons and playing with the mouse to boost the overall quality of their work. It is a far cry from the bygone days of chemicals and intricate processing. Indeed, the move to the Morning Post Centre at Tai Po has only accelerated the progress of the Post's picture revolution. From the moment the office move was unveiled, the photo department planned to transform its role and improve its technology. The photographic department acquired sophisticated equipment befitting the new accommodation in the New Territories and in Dorset House. But it was no easy process. Picture researcher Chris Walton explained that the Post's photo demands are now inextricably intertwined with technology - with images whirling back and forth on a giant, international computer matrix. The acquisition of a computer scanner has been the biggest reform. Once photographers process their film, instead of going to the darkroom, they load their negatives into the scanner where the negative can be altered in terms of colour, shape and definition. It can even be cropped automatically. Once a caption is added, the photo is ready for use. Although prints are still desired by editors, the Post aims to soon have the production capacity to handle images digitally; removing the need to have actual copies. 'These days, you have to have the capacity to move images quickly and digitally,' Walton said. 'The move to new premises did not just provide an opportunity to incorporate technology, it highlighted the necessity of having this equipment. 'It's a massive improvement and the benefits will continue to be felt for a long while to come.' While the office has been changed with the incorporation of technology, the Post's 17-strong photographic team continues the daily search for the image that might encapsulate the dynamic bustle of the territory in the lead up to the change of sovereignty. They have to respond urgently to picture editor Sam Chan, a prize-winning photographic veteran who joined the Post 23 years ago. Indeed, Chan's team has recently held a major exhibition at Pacific Place, Admiralty, to showcase its achievements. On display were graphic, inspiring images of people and places - of bodies colliding at the annual Hong Kong Rugby Sevens; of Virgin airline boss Richard Branson posing like a bird underneath the eerie night silhouette of the famous Hongkong and Shanghai Bank building. Another of the pictures featured the proud team posing together in the new office. Chan said staff not only had to respond to sudden news events but needed to juggle the competing demands of different sections. 'It's a difficult balancing act but we always manage to get through,' he said. 'I have the highest regard for the team. They are always striving for the best, for something different and unusual. There is always something happening in Hong Kong that brings a special challenge. 'With the new technology - and the new office at Tai Po - there is an added need to make sure we keep up with the latest trends.'