The term "imaging" was "invented" a few years ago in the United States, to better define the evolution of image production and reproduction processes. Its meaning is quite deep, and understanding it in depth will allow you to go deeper into the section that concerns this space, dedicated to digital imaging.
Today many people talk about "imaging," thinking that, with this term, there is unmistakably a process somehow linked to digital technology. In reality, imaging is unencumbered by specific technology and identifies the integration between all the elements, products, technologies, and services that lead to the creation of visual communication.
Ultimately, the term "imaging" was created to compensate for the limitations that had and have the sectoral terms related to the image: "photography," "information technology," "graphics," "development," "printing," etc.
Definition Of Digital Imaging
The section of the large sphere of imaging that uses digital technologies is called "digital imaging" and is also the area that is undergoing the greatest evolution.
By now, every sector of image production offers digital interpretations: photography, graphics, cinema, photo lab, ink printing, even if the process is not always completely digital.
Why Digital Imaging Is So Important
Visual communication, of which photography is a part, becomes more digital every day. While not completely replacing the other more "physical" forms of communication, digital is increasingly preferred. It offers the exceptional advantage of a very low distribution cost, very high flexibility in updating, a clearing of distances. The possibility of optimization (transmitting to the user ONLY the information he wishes to receive), the almost inertia of inertia between when information (or communication in a broader sense) is created, and when it is used.
Digitization is a process that is investing in many economic areas, and its penetration is so much deeper when the conversion between atoms (analog product) and bits (digital information) is facilitated. Information, as a whole, is one of the most easily digitized products, a photograph, a typewritten text, a video; a drawing can also be created "outside" of a computer. But with little "effort," it is possible to transform them into digital data; at the same time.
Everyone now produces texts with a computer, and therefore these data are already in "digital" format; digital cameras and camcorders are increasingly available to everyone's pockets and even for drawing. It is possible to use profitable software that generates illustrations comparable to those we could make on a canvas, directly inside a computer.
It is said that the process of digitalization can be found much more in the field of visual communication than in other areas and, therefore, the markets that progress on this sector. For instance, publishing, advertising, television, cinema, games have made much more substantial steps towards the use of digital communication, preferring it to more traditional tools. All those who work as photographers or image specialists must respond to these market needs by providing customers with the most direct paths to digital.
Digital Imaging In All Professional Activities
Many people who work, even successfully, in the world of photography, often believe that digital technology may not be decisive in the area it belongs to.
Everyone is by now in agreement on the fact that the digital image is beneficial where the minutes "weigh" more. For example photojournalism, sports photography, high production of pictures for catalogs. But that the effectiveness of digital is much more reduced - and therefore greater involvement or investment is not convenient.
In these short notes, we will point out how much digital has become part of the daily work of any activity related to photography. It is not a clumsy attempt to declare digital technology "indispensable" in all sectors, but the awareness of an evolution that is no longer limited to certain areas of experimentation, but which is now diluted everywhere.