Basic Photography Where Has it Gone?

It seems to me that we as photographers have become so dependent on photoshop and post processing that we have lost the basics of photography.  We have let the use of composition, exposure, depth of field, and the photographic process be replaced by the idea of “I’ll fix it later on the computer.”

In my opinion if we give up or lose the basics we will be losing the most important part of photography.  Our responsibility as photographers is to help, teach, and pass on the knowledge that we posses. There are many new and learning photographers that are excited and interested in what we have to offer.  So what are you doing to help your fellow photographers?  I’m going to attempt to use this blog as a way of giving some basic advice on different subjects, ideas, and photographic ideas.  I hope that at least one person gets something out of it.  So check back often and keep looking for new posts.  Please make comments as well.

2 thoughts on “Basic Photography Where Has it Gone?”

  1. The title caught my eye and I couldn’t side with you enough on the fact that a lot of people think that you can “just fix it” in photoshop. Little did they know it take forever to do and is just a bettet practice to get it right in first time and just have to do touch ups like you would in the dark room back in the days of film. As I’m just starting out (a year or so) in to the persute of being able to get it right the first time it does take a lot of time to learn the “tricks of the trade” but I know it will pay off in the end when I can spend more time taking pictures then I would fixing on the computer.

    1. I think you have hit the nail on the head here. Getting it right the first time is more important than fixing it later. The problem is that digital photography has allowed anyone with a camera to get relatively good photographs and then a few tweaks on the computer and they are satisfied. The basics of exposure and adapting your exposure to accomplish a specific look or feel to your shot has been lost by most and that is one of my biggest gripes.

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