Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ten things that are ruining photography today

I am not sure if this is a serious post or not. You decide :) Here are the ten things (unranked) that are ruining photography today.

1. Megapixel madness: 14mp and 9mp are the new standards for 1/1.7" and 1/2.5" sensors. Really? Is that the best trade-off with current technology? Really? If so, I demand a 25mp 1/2.5" now!

2. Film whiners: We know, this digital thing is a fad.

3. Digital whiners: You did not buy a CD or a money market account. You did not open a savings account. You bought a high tech gadget. It will drop in price the nanosecond the credit card leaves the wallet.

4. Stubborn camera manufacturers: Panorama and special cards? Unnecessary memory card formats that cost more and don't really offer anything new? Spot meter gone? Disappearing focus motors? And on and on and on.

5. SLR Traditionalists: If large and medium format are the mainframes, SLRs are the minicomputers. Enjoy your EOS MicroVax and your Nikkor PDP-11 lens ;-)

6. Public harassment of photographers: From "concerned" citizens to self-appointed Terminators, everyone thinks they can beat up or harass the photographers.

7. Pixel Peeping: Pixel Paranoia cubed.

8. Paparazzi: Sleazy parasites!

9. Camera Phones: Think of Ansel Adams in Yosemite pointing a bright pink Nokia at the mountains!

10. You!

9 comments:

PJZ said...

11. People making lists and telling the rest of us what's wrong with photography. Ya know what? This is how it happened. Everyone has cameras and we've got a copy of Photoshop, too. Get over it.

1001 noisy cameras said...

That is a good one! The Doom and Gloom Naysayers! They are everywhere :)

Anonymous said...

11. People making lists insteading of taking advantage of the best film and digital tools available in history. If you don't have a photographic life today, ... well then go type some sort of nonsense in your fricken BLOG!

1001 noisy cameras said...

Ouch! It sounds like it was written by a "Big Photo" apologist and appeaser, or perhaps a "Big Photo" lobbyist? :)

#11 was already submitted, #12 is next!

JoBu said...

You're right, I am ruining photography today. Have you seen my pictures? They're terrible!

1001 noisy cameras said...

It is a shared responsibility, we are all responsible for this. It is not fair for an individual to carry the burden of it all, when we are all responsible because of our excesses and irresponsible use of resources!

Alessandro Rosa said...

#13 People who take a crappy picture and post it publically on Flickr or any other photo sharing sight thinking it's a freakin' masterpiece!

Seriously, I think that a photo editing course should be required before you are allowed to post publicly. iStockphoto has a really good article on what they will accept and what they think is bad and will reject. At the very least it should be required reading for anyone with a camera. If you want to post bad pictures of your friends, family, puking baby or pooping pet, by all means do so, on a private gallery. All of the photo sharing sights have them. Oh and another thing...

#14 All of the nice comments about said bad pictures basically patting rule #13 violators on the back and encouraging them to create and post more pap!

;-)

1001 noisy cameras said...

A brave effort in standing up to "Big Photo Share", friends of "Big Pixel" ;-)

1001 noisy cameras said...

More on this post at the Fotografia Paraguay forum at orkut. The discussion is mostly in Spanish.