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.
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.
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!