Challenging Some Digital Assumptions
Photography is a wide-ranging
field that engenders passion in its practitioners, and like all great
forms of expression creates opinions formed through experience and reflection.
In its early days one of the great debates was: Is Photography Art?
This was the subject of many essays and heated discussions among players
and spectators. Today, issues such as film vs. digital, format choices,
the validity of computer generated images, photography as exploitation
or revealer, and even the merits of ink jet vs. silver prints cause
similar debate. We are opening this department up to readers, manufacturers,
and retailers--in short, everyone who lives and breathes photography
and who has an opinion about anything affecting imaging today.
There's little doubt that a state of the art digital camera may produce fantastic imagery. But I do not wield a $10,000 professional pixel packer for the same reason I don't drive a Formula One racecar to work. I'm an amateur photographer, which just so happens to be Webster's definition for Shutterbug. Realistic constraints of mortgage payments and college tuition limit my camera's prestige factor. But amateur need not mean neophyte.
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