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Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by AndrewG, May 19, 2008.

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  1. AndrewG

    AndrewG TPF Noob!

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    When I started in photography a long time ago there was nothing but film; you learned composition, exposure, focusing and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed with your SLR and assessed your prints learning from your mistakes as you went. Ultimately this led to the ability to get perfect exposures pretty much every time.
    Maybe I'm missing the point but it seems to me that almost all the digital pictures I have seen have had to be manipulated and fixed because they were technically poor to begin with.
    Surely if a photographer is competent and has learned the basics of photography skills this manipulation should not be necessary?
    Similarly with recorded music; if a singer or a musician in the recording studio is flat or sharp to begin with it can be fixed 'in the mix'. This is the reason many pop acts can't cut it live-they just aren't good enough. In my days as a professional musician if you weren't good enough your boss got someone else who was.
    Have we become dumbed-down? Are we too reliant on technology to mask and fix our shortcomings? For me the answer is in the affirmative.
     
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    Theres a member here (I think a Mod) who has in there sig something along the lines of its ok to let the camera to do the work as long as you do the thinking or something like that.

    I think that those who have shoot film DO have a higher appreciation for properly exposed and composed pictures. And they can tell pictures that have just been over proccesed and arent really good shots to begin with. I shoot film with an old completly manual k1000 and i think the shots from it are alot nicer than from my d40x and D1H. But i will admit i get all my setting dialed in using the digital cameras.
     
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    He has a point; if, say, my b&w negative was incorrectly exposed there was a limit to what you could do in the darkroom to rescue it and it would still be evident in the print.
    If I was using digital now-which I don't-I could just squeeze off dozens of shots safe in the knowledge I could mend them if they were crap. To me this says little about art and everything about knowing what a computer can do.
     
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    I have been shooting film for the last 4 months and I love it. I really have to think about all my shots and what I'm doing. I think with a few more years under my belt I could be a pretty decent photographer. I would like to get a digital soon, but I don't really like editing photos that much (I have a Mackbook pro and photoshop CS3), I would much prefer to have things look good off the camera.

    The same goes for my music. I like to record things as if they were live. I use old tube amps and condenser mics into garage band. I don't need anything fancy because if the band doesn't get the song right first try, we do it again. NO EDITING.

    Things are better when they are natural.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is always a silly discussion supporting a dying medium but more importantly.

    From the FAQ section:

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    I agree with this to a point. I mean a little comparing and contrasting is ok in my mind. I couldnt live without either my digital cameras or my Film cameras. I have both in my bag where ever i go.
     
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    Over processing to save an image is one thing, but I am going to chime in here and defend processing in general.

    I have a book here written 30 years ago which talks about the basics of making a print. You look at the negative and then judge, does the scene have too low contrast? Print on high contrast paper, is it too high contrast... etc. Then make a test print using a gradient of 5 segments, each segment exposed a little longer than the last, and finally selecting exactly the tone you want and exposing the final print for that long. Call me crazy but that sounds a lot like standard playing with curves to me.

    I have never seen a perfect photo come out of a camera, and the reason being is that the final image is left to the interpretation of the RAW converter (lightroom, capturenx, or indeed the camera itself). And different converters give vastly different results. Just like the final negative is dependent on just the right kind of conditions for developing.
     
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    It is not my point it is a quote from the forum rules...
     
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    Isn't photography a departure from reality as a principle? After all we are depicting a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional medium aren't we? And don't get me started on a color world into one of shades of gray. Oh yeah. Just don't get me started. Nope. Uh-uh. No way. Forget it. Just put that thing back where it came from. There'll be none of that here. Um . . . yeah. Uh-huh. Yup.
     
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    Please, please, please have this thread end here.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Would love to see some of AndrewG's work justifying his head up his ass.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Why so belligerent, Walter?
    This is not justified. Not at all.
     
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