Monday, November 26, 2001

A hot stock-market tip: If you own shares in companies that make photographic film, it might be a good idea to move
into something with more future, like slide rules.
Everyone has heard of digital photography. I’d guess most of us regard it as a geeky hobby, more trouble than it’s worth. So did I. Then this old magazine photographer from film days bought a digicam, as we call them (a Canon G1). A conversion experience followed. I’ll never touch a film camera again.
There was no particular feature of digital photography that had me walking around stunned and bumping into walls. It was all of them together. Let me explain.
A buddy of mine wanted a portrait to use with a dating service on the Web for scientists. Easy, I said, I’ll fix you up. He came over.

A film/digital comparison

Fred Reed now writes a weekly technology column for The Washington Business Times. He can be reached at

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