Why does photograph quality not seem better than it used to be?
Question by Weston Carr: Why does photograph quality not seem better than it used to be?
It seems like older photographs I see were sharper and more defined than a lot of the non professional digital photographs of today. I’m talking about ordinary everyday non professional photos. It seems like there are more light problems. Why is that and is it just me? Even some of the old black and white photos seem to have softer light.
Answer by Hannes
Yes, you are right!
Old photographs were sharper and were in a lot better quality! This is main reasons for this is because old photographs were taken with a film camera, in general, film photos has got a better image quality. These days most people use digital cameras that can take 500 photos within a short period of time, and then when they have the photos, they can delete the ones they don’t want or take 500 new ones whenever they want, at in general no cost, but when you didn’t have digital cameras you couldn’t just take 500 bad photos and then delete/edit them, you could most times only take 1 or 2 photos, and you would be very careful with the settings (aperture, shutter speed, iso, etc.), and you could’t just look at a display after the picture was taken, you would have to go to someone who had a dark room and all those stuff to get the actual picture for you, and this wasn’t cheap, so you would have to be certain that the shot you got was good. You also mentioned that older pictures were sharper, yes they were, if you take a picture with for example with an iPhone 5 you would have a very noisy image and only like 8 megapixels (I think), 8 mp is quite much, but film cameras doesn’t have pixels, so there is no pixels to count. If you want a digital camera today that would be able to take pictures with the same quality as a film camera today, you will be looking for a mid, high end DSLR.
Hope this answered your question, sorry for the bad grammar and misspellings. 😛
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