Do you think digital camera has made us careless while shooting?

@mimpi1911 (25455)
India
January 25, 2009 3:25am CST
When I had an ordinary camera, where every shot mattered, I used to be very diligent and careful, calculating the shots and frames and sometimes even working before the shoot. But now with the digital cam, I hardly bother about the perfection and hardly pre meditate. I shoot random and then edit among the horde that I have captured . Sometimes it makes me wonder, has digital camera made photography easier or we have become carefree, just more careless and less perfect while filming?
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• Dallas, Texas
25 Jan 09
I feel what you are saying - I think what you thinking will make you better at your craft because it is on you mind - Since I do graphic art - I do not worry about a perfect image because photoshop will make it perfect for me. I will sometimess use 4 or 5 photos to make one pic anyway - But as a photographer - you are looking for the perfect image. Seems like the better the photo is - them more you could do with it. It's good your thinking like that. But to answer your question - It has made us more careless - at least I have. I just hole down the button and pick which one I want later - no reason for everyone to say "CHEESE"!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
25 Jan 09
So you are a graphic artist! Anything is possible for you guys. lol.. You can a make a drab, blurred pic to a master piece - lucky you! And thanks for agreeing on the careless part. No reason indeed to say cheese!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
25 Jan 09
I think it has in a way, yes. We now have the flexibility to immediately see the photo we have taken, so can relax a little with the preparation of a shot. The advent of digital camera's has definitely made photography easier, no question! Whether or not it is a bad thing, I'm not really sure. personally I think no, but there is still a lot to be said for physical photo's in my opinion and it would be a shame for this format to disappear entirely. It's just not the same thing looking at complete albums on a PC!
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• Australia
23 Feb 09
More than careless... in some ways, digital has devalued the image in the eyes of many people, and undermined the value of the photographer, too.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
23 Feb 09
You are spot on David, just spoke my mind! I really feel it has undermined the value of photographers. We all now have gotten photographers by our own rights! BTW, just loved your profile tagline and profile pic! Did you shoot it?
• Australia
24 Feb 09
Did I shoot it? No, after I took the photo I let it fly away.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
24 Feb 09
I meant did you capture the beautiful moment? I guess YES...
@derek_a (10903)
25 Jan 09
I wouldn't say that the digi camera has made me careless, but I will take more than one shot of a scene just in case it didn't come out too well. If anything I think it may have made me more discriminating because I can check the photo and take another one. In the old days there were many photos that came back not as I expected them too.. :-) Derek
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
26 Jan 09
I agree derek many good moments were lost thus. With digital we have this facility to shoot and re shoot without any extra expense. But don't you think, we also did take one take one shot perfect with the old ones?
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@derek_a (10903)
26 Jan 09
Oh yes, I definitely used to take more care with my old film camera, but quite often if the shot involved say an animal, by the time I felt I had the best possible shot, the animal would move out of frame. I can use repeat-shot on my digi camera which is quite handy, then I can choose the best shot. :-) Derek
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
3 Mar 09
Digital cam indeed comes in handy such times Derek.
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
25 Jan 09
For people like us who don't know much of photography, digital camera is like a boon granted. I know that the ordinary still camera's photos turn out to be an expensive affair and have limited number of photos. If a layperson like me had to use these cameras alone, then I would be extremely concerned about not wasting even a single shot and still couldn't have found a perfect shot no matter how much attention I would give to every tiny details. It is here lies your answer. Yes mimpi, digital cameras have made us careless in the sense that we are not too caught up with the restricted number of pictures and so photo shooting has now become a more relaxed and pleasurable experience. For experts it might be a different story but I enjoy the unlimited access to cath in camera whatever pleases to my eyes and also have the luxury to rectify it. A very good discussion on a very less exploited subject. Thanks mimpi!!
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
25 Jan 09
I really appreciate your point of view which is very well mine as well. Digital camera is a boon most certainly and I am amazed to find out how it has incorporated the love of photography even to ordinary people like me. Sometimes, I am just a little concerned about the way I take it. Very carefreely which is good in a way but after shooting even 15-20 shots on the same locale I am still left with an insatiable feeling. The care and technicalities get lost somewhere for you are always kinda relaxed.
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• India
25 Jan 09
Ye mimpi. So true. I too take too many shots of the smae and then really get irritated sometimes sorting the best one out for every other event or thing's pic. In a way, are we abusing the facitlity? Oh! I hope not.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
25 Jan 09
That's another point you have raised. We humans have a tendency to abuse anything and everything which is easily available, abundant and we can afford to. And this probably is the reason we are little careless about the same.
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• Philippines
12 Apr 09
it will be useless then if all of your shots is burn out..i experience this during my seniors night i have this unlimited shots and i even ask favor to people to shoot me during the events and you know what happen no one even one picture developed because the film was burn out..i don't know what the real cause..and now i have this digital camera..and i'm so happy with my digital camera..i have used this three years ago..this is a users' friendly camera.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
12 Apr 09
This reminds me of my sister's wedding reception when the camera fell down and not a single one could be developed! You could imagine it all - such a threat event without any memoir! I can relate to you dear. Indeed with digital cam we are much more sure.
• United States
18 Feb 09
For me it has made things easier. I still make each shot count and don't just randomly shot the picture thinking that I will decide later. I want each photo I take to be perfect the first time and I take the time to make it so.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Feb 09
That's great to hear angel! Trust me most like me are careless.
@pharlan (31)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Wow, this is a really deep topic. I used to want to be a photographer, but all of the photographers at my school use these extra heavy digital cameras with the really long zoom lenses (sorry I can't just tell you what kind of camera it is) Regardless, they still take their time before taking pictures in order to get that perfect shot. On the other end, me, for just my personal use, I take pictures randomly and delete all the crap ones later
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Feb 09
I think that's true for most of us. we shoot randomly and select the best of the lot. Happy shooting!
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Hmmm... I don't think it has made me that much careless. In fact, I think having a digital camera has helped me realize that I can actually take good pictures. Yes, there are many times I end up getting 30 pictures of just one image but I would like to think that I am diligent and careful when trying to get each shot from every angle.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
28 Jan 09
On the contrary it has made me quite easy going with the shots. I can take 100s of shots of the same thing and later choose the best among the hordes. The fact that we are not paying for the wrongs makes me little lazy and careless. However, since this has been bugging me for long now, I have decided not to waste digital shots as well.
@psalmist (109)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
i think so, digital camera is more convenient to use but somehow it made us careless, because we can delete and take a shot as much as we can...
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
28 Jan 09
@michmich2 (432)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Like you, I used to be much more careful about the pictures I took. I do think digital cameras have made us more carefree and I think it's a good thing. I have some great candid shots of my kids that I would never have taken with a regular camera. Yes, I also have a lot of shots that didn't really turn out, but I don't mind that. For me, part of the beauty of digital cameras is that you can shoot anything you want and from as many angles as you want and you don't have to worry about wasting film. Also, in this economy, I'm glad I have a digital camera and don't have to buy film and get it developed. I can take as many pictures and I want of whatever I want and I only print my favorites. I love the digital camera!
• United States
26 Jan 09
I agree that every shot mattered because you couldn't delete a pic if you messed up... but I love my digital camera because mine lines up everything and I rarely have a bad or blurry shot. Ok so my answer would be digital has made it easier lol.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Feb 09
I guess, you are good with the art of photography and that probably is the reason why you can innovate with digital camera.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
Yes I believe that digital photography are made easier since there is an option to correct the picture when your done taking picture. You could delete and re-shoot anything that is there and just choose the one to your liking. Before you really had to prepare lots of things and anticipate many things to make the shoot worthwhile.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Feb 09
That's how I feel as well. Today, laypeople have gotten careless and less focused just as in all other spheres in life.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
Hi mimpi dear! Oh, I never thought of it that way! I was just so excited in taking photos endlessly without thinking of the cost it usually entails when shooting with an ordinary camera or the regular cameras before. lol..But you have a point, I really have lots of shots with imperfect angles but I am still happy though knowing that out of the numerous shots I took, there will be still many that looks lovely! lol.. take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Professional photographers (at least the ones whom I know) take many photos and then weed out the best ones. They say that is how to get the best shots. I think it has improved things because you can snap away until you get a great shot. When we went to Italy for a month, there were four of us taking photos. We had 8,000 plus photos and we have some of the most incredible shots because we could just snap away.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
Yes Janet. Digital camera in amazing in many ways. The art of photography as gotten to common people like us just with the usher in of the digital era.
• United States
25 Jan 09
I love my digital camera. I'm not a great photographer. I used to take so many bad pictures that just really irritated me to have to pay for them to find out they're bad. Now I just erase the bad ones as I take them and since I know it I can usually retake the shot to get a good one right away.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
There are so many thins to the flip side of it and digital camera is a bliss in ways more than one. happy shooting
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I agree with you in that people don't spend as much time trying to get the perfect composition or perfect lighting now that digital cameras are everywhere. However, I disagree with you in that you say that digital cameras have made us "less perfect". Sure, in the past when film cameras and regulars SLRs were everywhere, film was expensive and you couldn't erase bad shots. Nowadays, people can delete, step back, analyze, and reshoot to their hearts content. Wouldn't you say this is a good thing? Professional photographers still take time to compose their shots, its just that now they have more room to play with the advances and benefits of digital technology. The reason I don't take as much care when shooting with a digital is because I know I can simply take lots of shoots and choose the best. In no way has my desire for the perfect shot been diminished... it's just a bit more convenient to get.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
I agree with you. Having said this, its completely subjective and here I am no way talking anti digi cam! It has excellent features and quite handy. I just think, it has made me little careless.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Well, to be honest, the freedom to randomly take shots on a whim, or multiple shots to try and get what I want is exactly what I love about digital cameras. So that's my word for them...freedom, not careless. I love getting candids, and even with my 35mm, I would take multiple shots trying to get that perfect smile or the subject in just the right spot. But lets face it with the 35mm that can cost big bucks and then you have tons of pictures that are just clutter. The digital camera has made taking pictures for me alot more fun, because that cost factor is not an issue anymore.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
Yes FREEDOM is a ice way to put it and I really appreciate. It all comes down to how we perceive it.
@SHAMRACK (8379)
• India
25 Jan 09
Dear friend, As the technology we use makes man more lazy at times as much of work is done automatically by this technology. Before each film in camera is valid now a digital cam could alter or change at that point, may be we know how much extend we can go and much cheaper it inputs are.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
Yes SHAMRACK, that's so true! Technology is making our lives easier in every respect.
@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I suppose some people have become that way because of digital cameras. Because of the fact you can take as many pictures as you want and don't have to worry any longer about the cost of having film developed. However, I am still picky about the pictures I take. I normally will take several shots, so that I can pick the best one. If it is action shots then I'll take more, I have always figured, take 50 to get that one great shot. I love my dslr camera, and the fact that I don't have to have 20 pictures printed to see that there was only 2 worth keeping.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
5 Mar 09
I get that you are a photographer and all kinds of camera would suit you since you know the intricacies of using them. And yes the printing thing gets justified as well.