1. Disease of digital
Earlier, when digital cameras were still in the process of evolution, people took time to click a photograph. At that time photography was quite expensive as people had to bear processing costs for each image. But with the advent of digital cameras people don’t mind clicking several photos before they get the best picture. The point is that they don’t use their minds now before clicking. It is like keep clicking pictures until unless you arrive at the best shot.
Hence, digitalization has to some extent become a disease. Nevertheless, it is recommended that one should take some time before taking a shot and think about the composition of the image. Even adjusting the camera takes some time. Moreover, why waste time in retakes when the mission can be accomplished in one shot – there are several other subjects out there waiting to be captured by the camera.
2. The Shakespeare effect
It is said that if a hundred monkeys in a room, each with a typewriter, for several years then certainly after a long span they can together produce a Shakespeare quality manuscript. Well this is nothing but a theory which practically can never hold true. Similarly, if you think that if you take several pictures of a single scene or subject then at least one of them would be perfect in all rubbish, then you are on the wrong track. You will end up choosing the best among the worst. The policy of “quality over quantity” is what rules in this case. You need to think about your composition and not just apply rules to your photography. You must go by your instinct. Last but not the least, have faith in your own creativity.
3. The drive by shooter
If you are subject is on the move then your reflexes will also have to be fast. Many people believe as previously explained that quantity eventually produces quality. But it is not so, you will have to learn to take pictures of moving subjects especially in sports. Or else you must have years of experience and must be professional. Subjects won’t pause for you to click a picture; you will have to make a quick draw to get the best picture. Remember, a hundred pictures won’t result the right picture if you don’t know the right technique.
Hence, before you click a picture you must give some shot to your composition. Take up creative studies in digital photography course to learn the principles of good photography. Don’t let digitalization affect your creativity. Have faith in yourself. You might keep pressing down the shutter button as a direct effect of no processing cost but that won’t result in a good image. Most importantly, digitalization has only helped in recording your images at no cost; it plays no role in improving image quality. Learn photography first, or else equipped with a digital camera you will only be efficient in increasing the number of poor quality images.
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Article Added on Monday, March 15, 2010
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