Have digital cameras destroyed photography?

Started Nov 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Have digital cameras destroyed photography?
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Today’s cameras have more features, can do more without intervention of the photographer, and are cheaper than anytime in history. But, has that destroyed photography? The forums are ripe with complaints every day because “My camera won’t do this or can’t do that”. Because of the market being flooded with relatively cheap cameras, everyone is a photographer now. Well, at least they own a camera, so they consider themselves to be a photographer.

While these folks in this category are able to take images, they many times have not the slightest clue how to actually set up a camera to best capture what they can see. Not only that, but don’t even suggest that they spend a little time reading books and learning the basics of photography. They spent XXX dollars for the camera. It should know exactly what to do. They simply point the camera in the direction of the scene of interest and push the button. That’s when the moaning begins. The picture looks nothing like what I wanted, expected or saw. It must be the fault of the camera or the company that made it. If the manufacturer had just given me feature X, Y or Z, it would have come out right.

The great photographers of the past and present, did more with cameras that didn’t have 1% of the functions of today’s cameras. How did they manage without all the bells and whistles? Because they were photographers. They studied their craft as any professional studies and perfects their skills. They understood the basics. They understood their equipment, it’s strengths and its weaknesses. They took advantages of the strengths, and figured out how to workaround the weaknesses. Those skills didn’t develop in a week or month. It took years of effort. Hard work. It took serious money. Film, processing and paper cost buckets of money as compared to today’s batteries and memory cards.

It’s time for people to stop blaming their own lack of knowledge and skills on their equipment. Take the time and make the effort to understand the art of photography and the equipment available to you in the price range you can afford. In short, accept responsibility for your results. Also, take pride when you have mastered a skill and can show it in your images.

Steve

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