In the analogue days, when I had my
mid range 35mm SLR kit, though the results were ok, I don’t believe
I ever took a great photo. Nowadays, there are a huge range of fantastic
digital cameras available to suit every pocket, and they are superb examples
of modern technology.
Back then, buying film, paying for processing, we were mindful of every click of the shutter. Bracketed shots were for professionals, as every photo costed money, and there was always the possibility one would run out of film.
Now, we can take photos without a thought of how many we have taken, take 20 shots of the same subject, experiment with all the cameras settings receiving near instant feedback on our efforts, limited only by the size (or number) of our memory cards and batteries. Where our expensive cans of 64 shot 400 iso celluloid returned from the processors with less than a few decent images that might warrant enlarging, (or perish the thought), display, now we can download 500 shots, discard 350, examine, critique, share, and generally admire the rest. As always with percentages, 5% of 500 is far more rewarding than 5% of 64.
Then comes the bonus. When your film exited the camera and descended into the postbox, that was generally the end of it. Photos came back, and were what they were. Nowadays, we have the fantastic world of post processing literally at our fingertips, and suddenly, our 5% can become 15%, 20% or much more. Software packages available nowadays enable us to tweak, enhance and generally improve our creative aspirations. With a little patience, adjusting poor exposure, cropping, adding borders, resizing, adjusting colour balance and retouching can become as familiar as taking the photo in the first place.
It used to be said ‘The camera never lies’, but that is no longer the adage it once was.