Simple point-and-shoot digital cameras can give surprising quality when they have the right lenses and sensors. Because they are totally automatic in focus and exposure, they just have to be pointed at a subject and clicked. They have limited capabilities for controlling the image, although even very inexpensive cameras often have white balance controls.
Even casual observers know that digital photography has taken the world by storm and is now the standard by which almost all professional photographers capture images. The advantages of digital photography over film are staggering. Gone are the days of paying for expensive film cameras, various types of film for different situations and professional film processing.
I did this post for my personal photography blog, but I figured this is an important subject that I hope the Fstoppers community will benefit from. By all means add to this list in the comments below if you have any suggestions! I get this email all the time: “I’m a new/aspiring/struggling/young photographer and I want to know what advice you have for me?”