I saw this on Terry Moore’s blog the other week and it cracked me up. In a way, it’s also a followup to my last post 🙂
A good laugh. Course it’s highly applicable to photography as well. Think about it – we photographers complain so much… (yeah I’m guilty of it too). We complain about our gear – this lens isn’t sharp enough, this body doesn’t have good enough “per pixel” sharpness, etc… We complain about the industry, we complain about being undercut, we complain about our clients demands. But maybe we should just stop and consider:
Take the lowest-end DSLR on the market today. You know, the camera that you subtly look down your nose at – the one you upgrade out of the second you have the cash. Now consider that a photographer from just 50 years ago or so would probably have given his entire life savings for a camera like that. From his perspective, can you image a camera that
- automatically focuses at the tough of a button – even tracking moving targets
- can change focal lengths at the twist of a ring
- can automatically meter a scene, based on any number of parameters
- can take (effectively) *unlimited* number of photos without even needing to be reloaded
- can display the photos instantly, and even transmit them across the entire globe for anyone to see
- can take photos in color, or black and white (or both) and even video in practically candle-lit conditions
Can you image how amazing that would seem? For all my recent posts on film etc… I get the feeling some folks think I am some kind of Luddite who thinks the those durn digital cameras are killin the art of photography. Nothing could be further from the truth. I think digital technology is amazing! I think it’s incredible how every day practically there is some new technology that gives us more (photographically) than ever before. Just think:
100 years ago, “taking a picture” involved a cartload full of fragile equipment an in-depth knowledge of chemistry, and exposure to dangerous and toxic materials.
Now I can have a camera that takes a thousand pictures at the touch of a button and fits in my pocket.
Incredible isn’t it?