I can’t help but think I was a natural part of films death, I have embraced and pushed the benefits of digital even when those benefits were really quite pathetic compared to image quality. It is a crying shame that film had to die due to the world embracing digital. The benefits to the planet are huge, the benefits to the average holiday photographer are huge. I still can’t help but feel that somehow there are less true artists. I find myself in that category as well. I don’t agree it has made it easier for people to buy good equipment and pump out results the same as a professional. I do feel we have a more eyes on look into professionals work. What I mean to say is there are many professional photographers out there in many fields; there always has been. But now we all get to see there work a lot more often, and a lot of it is not good.
I noticed myself getting lazy with my photography, and settling for ok in camera results, and then attempting to improve post processing in photoshop. Whilst I will always endeavor to fix that I all the professionals now easily sharing their images will do. The great flip side to this coin is that there are great amateurs out there sharing their photos which I feel if you look hard enough far outweighs the bad professional images.
Then there is the merging of the two and where amateurs become professional and professionals come across as being amateurs. With all that being said it isn’t to offend anyone as I believe even the worst technical photograph is art and at the very least is a record of a moment, a blip in time for everyone to remember from or share. So while there is no such thing as a bad photo the artistry of photography has definitely changed and rather than each photo being worth a thousand words, maybe the majority are worth a few less now a days.
While writing this some ideas went through my head, originally I missed film and thought to myself I would like to have a film camera and the ability to wait for my images to get processed, or even better to process them myself. However I think the wait would be extremely long now and the chances of having my own dark room is close to non-existent. But oh how good was that smell of chemicals.
Here’s an idea for all you ‘app’ makers out there like instagr.am and hipstamatic for iphone or Vignette or Retro Camera for Android. How about creating a setting where you have to take 24 or 36 images in a row before you see any of them .. lets say .. a day later.