It’s been almost too long since my last post but anyway, I think it’s just the right time. In my previous post I was writing (ranting) about digital revolution which is also an important part in this post.
One of the questions is when should an amateur switch from a compact camera to a DSLR? Does someone who decided to become a so called “photographer” even wants to buy a compact? First I think I’ll have to clarify that by a compact I don’t mean put it in your pocket compact but very a bit more serious Canon Powershot G10 or SX10 IS.
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I am what you could call an amateur photographer and in my opinion a noob. So why listen to me? Because there are amateurs out there that are worse then me and so called professionals that suck even more.
Digital photography, has been available to masses for nearly two decades and from the very beginning it started to revolutionize the world of photography that was created in the early 19th century.
But did we gain anything with it? Yes we did, thanks to digital photography any intellectually challenged person with 300€ can buy a surprisingly good camera and transform into a photographer. And not just that a lot of emotionally troubled people are also a reborn “artists” that are flooding every online gallery and forum with “dark” images describing their troubled childhood, inner fears, … etc. Also we have professionals and semi-professionals with equipment worth 5000€ on a payroll for their artwork that could not pass as a snapshot from a 5 year-old without some serious photoshop work.
Is that the downside, and the upside? Thanks to everyone mentioned above the prices of cameras and lenses have dropped significantly and that for me is worth mentioning. Of course among the thousands we also have a couple who are actually good at what they do and are willing to learn even more.
Digital photography also simplified the developing process. What usually took hours or days and had to be done by a professional in a studio is now possible within minutes by anyone with some basic (sometimes even without) computer and camera skills. Plug and play applications and devices have made possible for people to download or print standard format pictures just by pressing a button or two.
So whats next? Its hard to say, but we can say that compact cameras will get smaller, easier to use, photo editing software will be simplifed, … etc. DSLR are cheaper everyday and … well more about that next time.