Pondering Photography in 2016

July 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I've been pondering photography lately. It's a time when, it seems, that everyone thinks of themselves as photographers. The digital revolution has carried over to smart phones and each year the technology improves. More pixels, greater resolution, more controls. And the range of apps available for these phones just keeps expanding. My dated LG G2 can't handle RAW, but newer phones do. In time I'll upgrade. For now the phone I have does a credible job.

Because of the ease of digital photography, selling fine art photos has become more difficult. I keep going anyway because this is a passion. And more and more what I understand is that it's not the equipment you have that's important, it's how you see and what you do with the images you capture. As Yogi Berri once said: "You can observe a lot just by watching."

Over the years my equipment has changed. The big DSLRs I used to carry with a bevy of lenses, well, they got heavy. I traded them in for a "bridge" camera, a Sony RX10 with a Zeiss lens that ranges from 24 to 200 mm. It's impressive. I carried a Canon S90 for years, and now have a Canon G7X, a small camera that uses the same 20+ mega pixel sensor as the RX10.

How I handle images has changed too. When I started out i processed film in my darkroom. Now, thanks to the digitial revolution, the darkroom is my computer. I shoot RAW with my cameras (because that format captures more information and JPEG) and post-process those images and the JPEGs from my phone with Photoshop, Lightroom and On1's Photo 10. I also use Snap Art 4, various Photomorphis textures and a variety of NIK filter programs acquired by Google. These allow me to refine the images and often to reshape them, artography.

That's my story for today.

 


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