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Rise of digital cameras offers a unique way to capture important moments

A new trend of using digital cameras has lead to a new type of photo that many students prefer to use
By Maddie Mulryan

It is well-known that society is in a digital age: social media, cell phones and school laptops, to name a few. However, with the revival of older forms of camera technology, for students like junior Seville Skinner and sophomore Melia Davis, this digital age is one of digital cameras too.

Junior Seville Skinner describes what a digital camera is and what the photos look like when taken using the camera.

Looking into her camera, junior Seville Skinner poses. (By Avery Clement)

“A digital camera is an older camera that takes different vibes of pictures and they kind of have filters and different looks to them,” Skinner said. “It takes pictures onto an SD card and then you download them.”

Skinner also comments on the specific age group that has begun to use digital cameras as the technology’s popularity has resurfaced.

“I would say teenagers are using them at any grade really, but I think the younger generations are using them,” Skinner said. “They’ve come back around as a trend. I think it’s fun to have that trend of just taking digital photos [of] your friend groups and your friends.”

Further than just taking photos with the cameras, many students have also experimented with creating Instagram accounts specifically for sharing photos from their digital cameras. Both Skinner and sophomore Melia Davis have an account like these. Davis explains how using a digital camera adds a new spin on social media and phone usage.

“I think [taking the photos] is fun and it’s not on our phones,” Davis said. “It’s taking away from using our phones so much. Just the look of the pictures is what makes it cool.”

Setting up a vertical shot, sophomore Melia Davis poses, focusing on her camera (By Avery Clement)

Skinner adds on to this, saying that not only does it look cool and gets students off their phones, but it is also practical and not much of an adjustment from taking photos on a phone.

“I keep it in my belt bag which is pretty small, but I just always have it with me, so it’s pretty practical to just keep it in there and then I always have it,” Skinner said. “The battery lasts a long time, so it’s always charged and ready and I have a phone adapter so I can always download pictures wherever I’m at. It’s pretty easy honestly.”

Not only is it practical to carry around, according to Davis they are relatively easy to purchase and use. She suggested Amazon and Target for the camera itself and Amazon and Walmart for an SD card.

Overall, Skinner enjoys using her digital camera as a way to get off her phone, while still capturing important moments.

“I think it’s just fun to have a different type of photo that’s different than an iPhone camera,” Skinner said. “It’s fun, in the moment, to not always be on our phones and to have the digital pass around. It’s a fun activity to take pictures of everyone when we’re hanging out.”

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Barron Fox, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Barron Fox’s first year on the JagWire staff. He is looking forward to learning more in depth about designing, writing and photography. He is also involved with the musical, the play, Model UN, Youth for Refugees, debate, forensics and 4H. Barron enjoys hanging out with friends, gaming and cleaning. Barron is currently working at Pegah’s as a host and loves it! Barron is excited about this upcoming year and being a part of the JagWire staff.
Avery Clement, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is Sophomore Avery Clement’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to learning about designing, writing and photography for the JagWire. Outside of journalism, Avery enjoys watching movies, crocheting and thrifting and reselling clothes. She also works as a gymnastics coach at Pinnacle gymnastics. She is a member of Youth for Refugees and Women's Empowerment Club and is also in Model UN. She is looking forward to a fun year on the JagWire staff.

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