Friday Foto Talk: Photography Today – Likes & Dislikes   14 comments

Headwaters of the Wind River, Wyoming.

Headwaters of the Wind River, Wyoming.

It’s time to vent again!  Don’t worry though, there’s a silver lining in every cloud.  I started this little series awhile back with the first installment, so check that out, at least for the photos.  So here are a couple likes & dislikes I have in photography today:

LIKE:  The increased quality of optics, speed, dynamic range, etc. available to photographers.  Although I don’t think the best lenses today are any better than the best ones of the film era, I do think the average has come up and there are more excellent lenses out there than there used to be.  With cameras the increase in quality is more obvious.  Digital sensors have allowed high ISO and high dynamic range shooting that was unthinkable in the days of film.

DISLIKE:  The subtle and not so subtle push to constantly upgrade to the latest and greatest.  I’m okay with ads from camera companies, but when a photographer whose work I respect uses his or her blog to make it seem as if, in order to create great images, we need to buy buy buy, then I’m very disappointed.

A river otter glides along the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

A river otter glides along the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

A pronghorn fawn grazes peacefully in the grasslands of Custer State Park, South Dakota.

A pronghorn fawn grazes peacefully in the grasslands of Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Remember a couple posts back I mentioned doing a different type of photography to avoid boredom? This is Ian, a high-school senior I photographed, on the Deschutes River, Oregon.

Remember a couple posts back I mentioned doing a different type of photography to avoid boredom? This is Ian, a high-school senior I photographed, on the Deschutes River, Oregon.

LIKE:  The increased awareness of the value of photography.  The internet has expanded the uses for images in a big way.  With the increase in “screen time” for almost everyone on the planet, the need for professional images to inspire, promote, communicate, etc. has only increased.  Of course there is value in amateur photography to do the same things for free, but it also serves as a creative outlet for the person pressing the shutter button.

DISLIKE:  Like with music, movies, and other production put out on the web, many people still believe that if they found it on the internet, it’s free.  And many people who do know photographers don’t work for free nevertheless do want to pay nearly enough to cover the time & expenses involved.  Although the demand for images has increased, so has supply, and that has depressed prices.

Wind River Mountains, Wyoming.

Wind River Mountains, Wyoming.

Okay, that’s it for now.  Don’t worry, I won’t be posting a lot of these.  I really try to be a glass half-full type of person.  Have a happy weekend!

The recent crescent moon sets over Grand Teton, Wyoming.

The recent crescent moon sets over Grand Teton, Wyoming.  The sky’s color is from wildfire smoke coming in from points west.

 

 

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Posted August 21, 2015 by MJF Images in Friday Foto Talk

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14 responses to “Friday Foto Talk: Photography Today – Likes & Dislikes

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  1. I believe that it is the vision of the photographer, and not the tool kit that makes for a worthy image and invites a long pause from the viewer. This quest for double and tripling pixels has gone too far. The bonus from today’s technology is the digital darkroom that is chemical free.

  2. I think the quality of the zoom lens has increased from the film days. You’d sort of figure it has to as they learn more about design, with computer assistance. Prime lenses maybe not so much.

    Here’s a big Like – I can do on the computer what used to only be available to someone with a darkroom – cropping, adjusting color and shadows, sharpening, etc.

    • I agree on many zooms Patrick. They’re making way more zooms now than in film days, when primes were way more popular. I think your second like is a two-edged sword, as it just seemed easier to farm out your processing then, freeing up a lot of time. Of course you can still farm out digital processing.

      • I actually enjoy the digital processing part, so that development (ha) is a plus for me. Not everyone does though, and I think you can get away with only minimal processing if you don’t like hanging out in front of the computer.

      • I do sometimes. If I ever go fully pro I really want to get to the point where I’m doing detailed processing on a select few favorites, and have a trusted person do the rest (including distribution).

  3. Have a great weekend. I LOVE these photos. You have really inspired me as I get ready for Yellowstone via Glacer IF we don’t have troubles getting there because of the fires. Thank you so much!

  4. What a beautiful set of photos!
    Happy weekend to you too. 🙂

  5. ” … many people who do know photographers don’t work for free nevertheless do *NOT* want to pay nearly enough to cover the time & expenses involved …”
    As always, your images are outstanding!

  6. Awesome shots!

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