Photography Information

 

Who Had The Better Brushes Leonardo or Michelangelo?




Ordinary photos of dull subjects do actually sell, but the dramatic shots generally have an unusual element that makes them stand out from the crowd. They are well-composed and they carry no excess baggage.

One of the best photos I've seen was taken many years ago in New York Central Station (1928) It's quite famous and you've probably seen it. Sunlight streams in through the windows dominating the scene, while people mill about the expansive floor in a hustle-bustle atmosphere.

Photographers of yesteryear were past masters of judging the best exposure for a dramatic shot, without the benefit of modern gadgetry. I just wonder about that when I hear the death knell being tolled on the use of film.

We're told that 60% of the income of Kodak UK came from digital cameras last year, as Kodak announced big job cuts. Immediately, the media produced a knee-jerk reaction that claimed film is dead. True the public are totally won over by the short-term gains of the digital camera, but what about the professionals?

Many studio photographers may well switch to fitting a digital back on to their Mamiyas, but what about fieldwork? Big shots with view cameras and 6'9's, not to mention the use of long lenses for wildlife and sport, will still be dominated by film rather than digital.

Digital cameras are great for the mass market, where shots are generally taken with the subject a close range. Some of the photos of flowers that I've seen for example, are quite exceptional. In many cases, using film for these shots would be beyond most average users because judging the best exposure would be too difficult.

The public are happiest when they can they can just point and shoot. The modern digital camera allows them to do this and produce exceptional pictures of family events, so they're happy. However, put these same cameras to a stiffer test and film wins hands down. Even the latest, best and most expensive cameras still fall short of the best that film can produce, especially where the subject is at a fair distance e.g. most landscapes.

Coming back to old-time photographers, I just can't see anyone producing, or rather reproducing the same quality shots of say, Ansell Adams, using a digital camera instead of film. For Ansell Adams, substitute Man Ray, or a host of other cult photographers and you'll soon catch my drift.

Regarding photos that sell, the type of camera used is irrelevant when the client looks at the final result. I'm sure that Michelangelo never crossed swords with Leonardo about who had the better brushes. It's the masterpiece that counts, not the tools used to produce it.

And yet this epic battle between digital and film cameras is important, because a lot of time and effort can be wasted, trying to produce shots that sell with equipment that just isn't up to the job.

Without being prescriptive or dogmatic, it seems to me that any prospective Freelance photographer must weigh up the pros and cons of digital versus film carefully. It is the nature of the photograph being attempted that should decide the matter rather than personal prejudice.

Another key factor is, of course, the preference of the client. Where the customer is happy with small digital images then convenience may suggest using digital. So, for someone who shoots a range of photos it seems sensible to become conversant with both. Digital and film cameras are totally different beasts, especially with regard to exposure ' rules of thumb'.

After excellent composition, shots that sell need perfect lighting - so the modern freelance photographer should use the best tools, digital or film to achieve the perfect shot of his chosen subject. That's the kernel of truth I've yanked out of the splinters of this hoary old chestnut for you.

About The Author

Robert Hartness

One of a series of articles by Robert Hartness, successful freelance and author of an hotlinked, flip-over, e-book, published on the web in October 2004. It offers a step-by-step guide to those on the threshold of freelance photography and is illustrated with 40+ published photographs. Acclaimed as a great reference source for serious freelancers. More information and order link - http://www.cashfromyourcamera.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Fstoppers

How I Burned Out Doing Cheap Photography Workshops
Fstoppers
There is a reason people say that your price range usually determines what kind of clients you attract, and this also often holds true for photography workshops, not just for weddings or photoshoots. I found this out in the hard way; I burned out, made ...



NPR

Goats and Soda
NPR
In the countries that we cover in our blog, we sometimes focus on the problems they face. But the images in the International Drone Photography Contest remind us that every country has many sides — and that a photo taken from above can offer a special ...

and more »


Useful USB Tech to Improve your Photography
Everything USB
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. For anyone who relies on photography for their business or as a hobby, nothing could be truer. Whether you're an amateur photographer hoping to turn your passion into a business or editing and using ...



Iowa Public Television

Iowa Entrepreneur: True Potential Education & Shirk Photography
Iowa Public Television
Meet two women who work to help students in need and a couple who built a nationally-recognized photography business. True Potential Education, West Des Moines After dyslexia impacted both of their lives, Nina Lorimor-Easley and Dawn Wilson decided to ...

and more »


WSKG.org

Ithaca Photography Project Produces Over 1200 Portraits
WSKG.org
The project was created by three local photographers. One of them is Robyn Wishna. The project began last Fall, she says, to offer the community something positive in a year that had so much negativity. "We came up with this project to celebrate the ...



Fstoppers

Five Books That Changed My Life as a Professional Photographer
Fstoppers
We live in the Information Age. There is no doubt a ton of information on the Internet about photography and just about any other subject you'd care to know about. While the Internet is a great place to learn and e-books are convenient, there's still ...



Hyperallergic

How Photography Developed Argentina's Modern Identity
Hyperallergic
LOS ANGELES — The invention of photography played a major role in the development of modern societies, as well as in the cultivation of national identity. This is well known in the Western canon of art, but the role of photography in the modernization ...



Ruidoso News

Gallery in Carrizozo displays top submissions for the New Mexico Magazine photography competition
Ruidoso News
The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography will display photographs from New Mexico Magazine's 17th Annual Photography competition beginning with a grand opening Jan. 27-28. The exhibit will include the grand prize winner, “Pilgrimage to Tome Hill,” by ...



New York Times

Joel Meyerowitz's Career Is a Minihistory of Photography
New York Times
Meyerowitz began to work as a street photographer in the early 1960s and quickly became a virtuoso of the craft. He was inspired by the example of Robert Frank, whose work was full of poetic melancholy, though what first struck Meyerowitz was the ...



WKRG

Weather Photography is Art and Science
WKRG
Nighttime shooting and lightning photography definitely require a tripod. In these cases you should use the timer setting to trigger the shutter so that you don't shake the camera when pressing the shutter button. Shooting through windows when it is ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006 KeralaClick.com