Came across some interesting data on photography today. With the advent of digital “see it now” technology and the “instant gratification” ideas in today’s young Generation Y’s, people in Australia, for example, take 206 million photos a week to document their lives - about nine each, averaged out across the 23 million population.
We are by now very used to smartphones that can do all sorts of electronic trickery, including taking passable photographs with around 20 MP sensors. Up-load, down-load, Instagram, Facebook, the integration between your phone and the world of connectivity is all there for you at the touch of a drop-down menu. It can’t get any better than this, surely?
The Hungarian Andre Friedmann is not a well known name in photography - but he found the way to fame. Enter stage left an American war photographer called Robert Capa!
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a camera called the Box Brownie. Box Brownie came on the market 114 years ago and its lineage can be traced through to the Compact cameras of today.
It was the famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson who said, “Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact, it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator amongst its practitioners is their instrument.” The instrument he was referring to was, of course, the camera itself.
If you are interested in photography (and I presume you must be if you are reading this column) then you probably have bought a few photography books, and by now you have a favorite photographer.
I am not looking forward to Songkran. In fact, I dislike Songkran. If it were one day it would be fun, but days of being soaked, is not. However, there is no getting away from the fact that Songkran is a festival you should photograph - even if it is only once! I will also admit that the first time I experienced this annual water throwing event, I too thought it was fun.
Digital cameras are undoubtedly a step forwards, but using them is not always easy. Take shooting moving objects by panning. This is the most popular technique for action sports photographers, because it is one of the best ways to really show “action”.
Never go in front of the footlights with children or animals used to be the maxim for stage performers. You could say the same for photographers. While every mother and pet owner wants wonderful photographs of their child/pet, it is very difficult to get an image that you will be happy with, let alone the owner of kid/pooch/cat (delete those not applicable). And forget about wildlife photography unless you are harboring a death wish or have a 1200 mm long lens.
One of the hallmarks of the enthusiastic amateur is a tripod. A proper tripod, and not one of those flimsy aluminium tripods which are the hallmarks of the amateur who doesn’t know any better.