Is digital photography too easy?

Started Aug 30, 2014 | Discussions thread
bford Senior Member • Posts: 1,489
Re: Is digital photography too easy?

Tim Tucker wrote:

Joris1632 wrote:

I recently came across this Ansel Adams quote; -

Any thoughts?

Ansel Adams is just musing here, and it is a quote out of context. He is not talking about photography in general but of individual photographers.

Digital photography is not an art form that should be restricted to a selected few, and this is not what he is saying. He is saying that if you are forced to learn you craft then your results will be better.

If you want art then you have to learn, there is no short-cut.

Art is subjective. How do you learn the subjective?

What I think is really bothering him is that pretty much anyone can be taught the technical side of photography, unlike something like painting which requires great skill and natural talent. As I've said before, it's a lot easier to produce a good or even great photo than it is to produce a good or great painting.

However there is a whole lot of photography that means the world to those that capture it. Births, weddings, holidays, etc. are memories that can be captured and shared easily between those with whom it means a lot to. The ease which which we can now do this is nothing short of extrodinary.

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