What happened to the popularity of straight photography?
Question by maineimages: What happened to the popularity of straight photography?
I don’t want to look at a picture and have to wonder if it is real or not. I think that we need a category for film photography on here. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against computer photography. I myself own a digital but it felt like I was cheating myself so I have gone back to using a film camera.
Has advertising done this? Is it the current trend towards virtual reality? Where is the future of photography headed? Wake me up when all this is over. I personally think that it is not going to last forever. Something has been lost. Like a soul maybe.
Answer by fhotoace
I have to agree.
Traditional photography was “real” because the photographer had to use skills to get perfect exposures in the camera and understand things like lighting and lighting ratios. The time it took to “fix” problems in a real darkroom, photographers learned to take care of business before they pressed the shutter release.
Even with the introduction of DSLR’s at $ 5,000 + just over ten years ago, those that used them had the skills that made electronic darkrooms mostly unnecessary.
With the advent of P&S cameras and the dependence upon photo manipulation to fix all the mistakes made buy the users of those cameras, it has almost become assumed that photo manipulation is part and parcel of any good image … not true, but assumed.
I do think that splitting the Photography venue into film and digital would enhance the quality of not only the questions, but the answers as well. Answers like “idk” or “thanks for the 2 points” may still be with us, but on the whole, the question will be much more specific.
I had thought at one time having a section for P&S users and DSLR photographers would have been good, but the makers of cameras have made a lot of entry level DLSR’s into sophisticated P&S cameras so if the user does not want to take the time to learn “photography”, they can buy a Canon 1000D or Nikon D3000 and let the camera continue making all the decisions, just at a higher resolution
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