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can find here:
and the questions that
followed tended to drift
in the same direction.
"Will there be any
need for a DSLR when
smartphones can do so
much?" one member
of the audience asked
quietly after the talk.
I m faced with this
line of thinking quite
often. Usually from students who don t want to deal
with the rigours of a course that I teach at UWI s
Film School which just happens to focus on taking
control of cameras that are often much better pro-
grammed to take photographs than they are at that
The gap that informs this type of thinking, some-
thing of a chasm, really, is the unassailable fact that
most cameras, acting quite efficiently on their own,
turn out great photographs of whatever their handlers
point them at.
This represents not just a triumph of science, which
has improved the capacity of these boxes to the point
where they meter, focus and evaluate scenes quite
accurately, but also of computing, which allows these
devices to analyse scenes and place focus points and
balance exposures with uncanny accuracy.
But does this make for great photography?
Several years ago, someone posted lesser known
works by famous photographers on Flickr to solicit
opinions from the outspoken viewers there.
The images have since been removed, along with
their comments---no doubt as a result of copyright
concerns---but I recall the tone of the discussions
They were almost uniformly dismissive, arguing
that black and white was a poor choice for some of
the images that shutter speeds could have been faster
to freeze blurred motion and bemoaning the general
lack of focus in the images relative to today s ultrasharp
So should today s photographers be learning their
trade using film, as one person asked?
If you re my friend TrinidadDreamscape
(http://ow.ly/oUqbE), then the answer to that will be
a resounding yes, but I have to confess that I no longer
see the point.
For one thing, the world of film photography simply
isn t what it once was.
The palette of materials has shrunk considerably,
with only a few film types and processing systems
remaining available and the selection of photographic
paper has become absurd.
There s enough there to keep film shooters going,
albeit with dramatically reduced choices, but for a
beginner, what was once just difficult is so daunting
that it s almost impossible.
I see the work that digital photographers dabbling
with film produce, and it s all I can do to stop myself
from screaming, even virtually.
So will photography drift inexorably into pocketable
image capture devices? It s clear that for most average
use; it already has.
I make use of a smartphone with Photoshop Touch
and an internet connection in much the same way
that most folks do, to share visuals that are timely
and contextually interesting.
This is likely to be the future for most image cap-
tures, but the sheer volume of such image making
will inform the more deliberate, considered work that
serious photographers do in incalculable ways.
There s precedent for this. Once the camera could
capture landscapes with absolute fidelity, realist painters
had to reconsider their approaches quite radically.
So Ms Mayer and Mr Schiller are right, but they
are also quite wrong.
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In just the last few months,
two major technology com-
pany representatives have qui-
etly dismissed the idea of pro-
First up was Yahoo CEO
Marissa Mayer who introduced
the new version of photo shar-
ing website Flickr with the
words: "There s no such thing
as Flickr Pro today because
there s really no such thing as
professional photographers any-
Not to be outdone, Apple
Senior VP of Marketing, Phil
Schiller weighed in at Apple s
launch of new iPhones with the
quip: "It used to be the way
you take better pictures is you
learn to be a better photogra-
A few weeks ago, I gave a
talk about my career as a pho-
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
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