Oh I’m full of things that are considered blasphemy in today’s industry. I don’t like dslr’s. I don’t think digital is a good way for most people to learn photography. I don’t think there is any way to archive digital files, at least I’ve never found a single person who actually knows how or has any real plan for the future. I think a lot of photographers, after switching to digital, are not nearly as good as they were during their analog days. I think digital has killed the editing abilities of most photographers. I don’t think seeing an image right after you make it is a good thing. I don’t think having the ability to overshoot every scene actually helps make better images. I think digital has trivialized the idea of photography in the minds of everyday people. I think our industry is now almost entirely centered around technology as opposed to imagery. I’ve never seen an HDR image I like, and the fact I’m starting to see this technique creep into nearly every genre of photography makes me sick.
How is that for starters? I don’t get invited to many parties these days. At the core, digital is a great thing. What we do with it, how we use it…that is another matter.
What I agree with.
- You should learn with a film camera. Shutter speed. Aperture. Film speed. Done. The cost of a failed roll will force you to get a handle on the basics quickly.
- Archiving the digital imagery for the ever changing proprietary formats is a problem. I believe Pentax uses a RAW that’s accessible to all software so there’s a reason to go with them.
But to main problem I see is the constantly increasing screen resolution. It may not be a problem when printing. Let’s face it: Unless you’re hanging poster sized in a gallery you’re not going to need all that resolution. But the large images I took seven years ago are now medium sized. In seven more years they will be postage stamps.
- HDR does look like crap 99% of the time. I’ve seen a few good uses of it, but it’s a tool best used sparingly.
- Yes, people still haven’t figured out the best ways to use digital imaging. It’s either some over rendered mush like the above mentioned HDR. Or it’s “Film. But, like, not.” Which seems to be a waste of technology to me.
What I don’t agree with.
- I look at the contact sheets Magnum sometimes allows us to see. I see ten or twenty or thirty shots of the same subject with the best one outlined in red. I think, “If so-called overshooting is good enough for Capa and those guys…”
But what I think they actually mean is the constant second guessing and checking that gets called “Chimping” in some corners. That is actually self editing. It may look uncool and waste precious seconds of shooting, but its still being selective about the images produced.
- Yes. The dirty unwashed masses have cameras now that can take some pretty decent shots when left on auto mode and you are no longer a special little boy wizard who can freeze light. Deal with it.