This is my waffle page, where I make 'observations' on photographic life -
better out than in as they say!
Links that I do not want to forget
Here is a thought for you. I organised a
Photographic Exhibition in our Church, which brought a lot of people
together who had no idea that their neighbours were passionate about
taking pictures. It also helped the community as well as the
church - so everybody gained.
I personally gained a lot from not only seeing others images,
but talking to fellow enthusiasts.
We had all sorts of images, most of a very high quality - over 140 from 27
participants (we limited ourselves to a maximum of 6).
It wasn't too much
effort to organise and well worth it - so see if your church would host
one (at zero cost!).
One of my wife's friends came along to the exhibition whose main
hobby was photography and we had had no idea about that!
One or two people had a great eye for taking shots - just look at this image,
the way he can see things
that I just wouldn't even notice...
- his web site
is well worth a visit.
We are in the exciting pioneering days of digital photography - it is rather
like the dawn of the motor car. At the moment we have to twiddle things to
get reasonable results. Cars use to have advance and retard mechanisms to
improve performance and manual chokes to get them started - all these things are
now automatic. It will be the same with the digital camera in a few years
time. At the moment one needs to spend time, and learn new ways, in
post-processing a shot to get a decent image.
My main gripe, with digital images, is the flat tone curve with easily blown highlights,
although using raw or taking 3 pictures (at different exposures) helps to
bring them back. I am
amazed that people, and even professionals, will accept shots with blown
highlights. You see them all the time in face shots. I've even see
white grass! This to me this is the main area where film beats digital hands
down. I think it will take sometime for this to be corrected, as it is
dependent on standards and colour spaces and at the moment there is no
commercial incentive to do so.
However the really big bonus is chemical-free post-processing so that I can now create
photo enhancement/effects, which is almost like artistic creation.
So now I can enjoy photography twice - once taking and then creating the
scene I want to convey. I now feel as excited having 'improved' an
image as I do when I initially see and capture it. Some of the
things one can do just give one the WOW factor and tingles down the
Below are one of the last holiday shots I took with both film and digital
cameras (both untouched).
With today's rate of change, in 5-10 years time, I expect one will see a
similar difference and all that I am learning today will be worthless - but I am
thoroughly enjoying this new medium and continue to have a trill when taking photos.
- my last thought to you is to keep on asking the question "why do I
want to take this shot?" - always try and work out the answer
beforehand and hopefully one will take a better picture as a result.
Happy hunting - Chris Broadhurst.