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With digital cameras and software getting better and better it seems that more and more people feel that their photos are getting better as well. One benefit of digital photography is the instant feedback. One drawback of digital photography is the instant feedback.

Feedback is a double edged sword; on the side it can make you a better artist, on the other side it can make you think that you are better then you really are and it all depends on where the feedback is coming from. We all want people to like our art but we also should always want to improve as an artist. Hear that someone like your art is a great confidence booster, but when you want to improve you need to seek out fellow artist who is, for lack of a better phrase, better then you and have them look at your work.

Digital photography has allowed a lot of people to starting taking photos without really learning about photography first. There are several concepts that I think a lot of the new photography generation don’t understand; some of those concepts are composition, lighting, balance, telling a story, and I don’t think some understand foreground, middle-ground and background or the need for each one.

One thing the digital age has produced is some really good software to process all those digital images. This great software has even created a digital artist and while our current software can do a lot of things there are several things that post-processing can’t do. Some of the things post-processing can’t do is; recompose an image and it can’t bring an out of focus image into focus. Current processing software cannot take a below average photo and turn it into a great photo, David deChemin said in his boos “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” (Page 62) “Photoshop doesn’t have a revision filter that will make a poorly conceived and poorly executed photograph sparkle with vision. Lazy vision can’t be recovered in Photoshop. There is no Un-Suck filter.”

What I am getting at is that in photography we all really need to educate ourselves about all the different aspects of photography, the photo gear, the software, what can and can’t be done with software, lighting, composition, what makes a good photo, and what makes a great photo. Do you know the difference between a snap shot and fine art? Do you know how to show depth in your photos, and no I am not talking about depth of field. Ansel Adams said “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” And Percy W. Harris said “Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase.”


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