(Early morning ‘thoughts’ over the first coffee )
I find the whole subject of digital photography fascinating … but what do our professional photographers think of it now that they are meeting stiff competition from computer experts?
Having personally now spent a few enjoyable months learning and participating in CinC, it seems that substantial time is spent ‘modifying’ pictures distinct actually being photographers.
- So is digital photography more of a computer skill rather than a photo art?
- Is it more like Gaming on a computer where you start with set parameters and then go about ’modifying’ them?
- Is it more important to hone skills to manipulate pictures than to hone skills in composure, exposure and the myriad of other camera skills that one enjoyed when the actual taking of the film or slide shot was ‘all important’?
We take the ‘shot’ then can adjust the exposure and colour (or change to B/W), crop, change the sky, combine more than one shot to get the best result, place a rock in the foreground, remove items we do not want included in the shot, enhance sharpness … and … the list goes on. Camera mags are much more akin to computer mags it would seem.
The argument that you must have the shot to start with is of course true … but to a much lesser extent than in the days of non-digital. The ability to rapid RAW shoot e.g. moving subjects, almost can guarantee a ‘good one’ for subsequent processing and this has opened up the market for novices to become ‘instant experts’. Even for portraitures where lighting skills play a big part in the final result, we have so many variables we can ‘tamper with’ to get the result we are looking for.
What do our expert panel think of these modern times? Has it significantly changed the way in which professional photographers go 'about their business'.