Sometimes it’s good to step back and remind ourselves of the miracles of digital photography, and the power this technology gives us to control the outcome of our work.
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It wasn’t that many years ago when photographers had to deal with the limitations of film. Those of us who are old enough to remember those days typically have a binary reaction. We either hated film, or pine for ‘the good old days’.
Personally, I hated film. I bought my first interchangeable lens camera as a tool that I needed to do my job in the community newspaper business.
When I left that industry 40 years ago, I only tinkered with photography over subsequent decades. While I’ve always been a very visually-oriented person, I just didn’t enjoy film photography.
It wasn’t until digital photography started to convert the industry that I really embraced my latent love of creating images. Digital photography gives each of us the ability to control the outcome of our work to incredible levels.
We can now do things with our cameras, and create photographs with such amazing technology, that it boggles the mind.
Each of us may have our own preferred camera system and format. Some of us may even defend our choice of equipment aggressively. The simple truth is that there is no such thing as a bad digital camera on the market today.
Any camera we choose has the power to create amazing photographs. And, we can control the outcome of each shutter click by how we use the cameras in our hands.
We can see our exposures in real time, allowing us to adjust our settings to achieve our desired creative interpretation of a subject. The technology inside our cameras unleash the freedom for us to shoot handheld in a wider variety of situations.
The firmware in our cameras gives us creative options that only a few short years ago were simply unthinkable. Plus, the software that we use in post processing brings other dimensions to our ability to control the outcome of our images.
We can adjust our digital files in increasingly complex and powerful ways. For those of us that pine for the ‘good old days’ of film, we can apply treatments that replicate the look of various films.
Post processing software allows us to add all kinds of effects to our photographs. Some photographers don’t bother carrying any filters with them as they adjust their images in post to achieve their desired results.
All of this leads us to a simple, undeniable truth. We control the outcome of our photography. We choose the gear that we use. We choose the settings we utilize with our camera equipment. We choose how we process our images in post.
Even digital cameras with very small sensors can produce wonderful images. If we want to improve our photography all we have to do is look in a mirror for the solution.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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