How did we survive?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
chkproductions
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Re: How did we survive?
In reply to John Carson, Jan 21, 2013

For me, it's not that technology built into cameras has evolved - for the economic engine to keep churning, it's a necessity. But for me it is the decline in the art and craft of "seeing"  Technology has a great ability to compromise this issue.  Photography is a visual endeavor and that is of seeing, not parsing each and every nook and cranny of the process that got you there.  If it is the process only, then the effort becomes a "technique" only effort.  I just think all the technology, as interesting and amazing as it is, has clouded the process of "seeing"  What and why am I clicking the shutter button?  When it get's down to it, all a camera is and can be is a contraption that lets a defined amount of light hit a sensor (film) for a defined mount of time.

I will say that when I attend a Boston Pro Users Group event on a new video camera or a piece production equipment, the audience is largely in the 40-50-60 year old range with only a smattering of 20 somethings.  So, I don't think age plays into this discussion as the only defining issue.  And at one event, I asked if the ease of the VDSLR's and other video cameras can make us "sloppy" shooters.  In general I think most in attendance humbly agreed that it did.

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