Group 23 Bulletin Board

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This page is dedicated to discussions about our theme (General Photography) that are outside the scope of our monthly images.

Thread Title: Button Pushing in 2022

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I thought I'd explore Brian's comment this month outside the comment section. I think it is an important comment he made. Computers have taken over our lives, artistically and socially. Quoting Brian-"There are lots of buttons that we can push, lots of packages like Topaz that will create effects. Look again at my comments last months on Marilyn's flowers, and the examples I gave of what could be done with Topaz. The whole issue of "creativity" come under question when a software button or two can do the work for us."
Sorry Brian but in the digital age, our cameras are just small computers that analyze millions of images to suggest to the photographer what settings work best. The photographer then decides what changes in exposure, ISO and focus are needed to see his/her artistic vision. Even in fully manual mode, the three image variables are achieved pushing buttons, dialing in options and finally only one button is pressed to take the image.
All RAW images require post processing on a computer and then after getting it to look like we think we saw it, we have to make more decisions on whether it does meet our vision. Do still images represent reality?
An image can never copy reality because it needs a medium to be presented. The medium will not show reality, but an image. Your audience will eventually see this image through their own eyes. Finally, does an image need to be "pleasing." If so, who does it need to please?
Just my thoughts, but I like two people a lot and their thoughts on today's images. Guy Tal and Brooks Jensen, who can both be read In Lenswork magazine regularly.   Posted: 05/31/2022 08:17:03
Adelet Kegley   Adelet Kegley
Bob there is a lot of truth to what you say. Photojournalism aside, our photographs still have a lot of personal decisions that make them each unique. We are all chasing the basic editing panel and seeking the newest Hot tools.
<br />However, the composition is major important. AS is training our eyes to see the image as art. The ability to see what needs to be removed from an image (as you did for my recent entry) is crucial. The Critiquing process is most valuable.
<br />Lenswork is a great resource.   Posted: 05/31/2022 10:41:03
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Adelet. I'm glad you read Lenswork. I also follow Blake Rudis for PSCC training on How-To's. On his website, f64 he does 2x monthly critiques, and I find them extremely rewarding.   Posted: 05/31/2022 10:57:26

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