In photography less can be more.


DropletsThis is true not just in composition. The plus/minus of digital photography is that one can take hundreds of photos with little thought about capacity. I remember shooting 24 exposure rolls of B&W at football games. You had to be very careful about which shots you took in order to ration your film. (Plus we developed it all ourselves as well.) As this columnist points out, we can be overwhelmed with how many images we take nowadays. I routinely take 200+ images at my son’s soccer games. But I also (usually) take time to sort them out.

PS: I will be writing a longer post soon about my experience with my new Nikon D7000. For now, I will just say that I shot over 1500 images in the first week. 😉

A National Photography Month has been launched today. The actual month is not until June 2012, but as I guess it’s good thing that it’s not on at the same time as a certain sporting event next year. Entitled Capture and Keep, the main premise of the month is that we all take loads of pictures, but we are not conserving them properly. As the organisers put it, “Family ‘Memory Keepers’ – often mothers – no longer have the time to create albums, and the nature of modern photography means it is easy to leave images on disk or on line.”

This certainly rings true, so many pictures are left on computers that are in danger of failing with images locked on old hard discs, anything that encourages photographers – amateur and professionals – to think about long-term storage and editing is a good thing.

Perhaps the editing side is the more important. Due to digital photography far too many frames are being shot, with too little thought about sorting the wheat from the chaff.

via National Photography Month should remind us that less is more | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.

 

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