Excited over my new digital camera, I have been taking photographs at a furious rate. The majority of the photos get deleted and never make it to the computer. The rest sit on my laptop for me to post and/or email to friends.
I read a recent comment in Lenswork (an excellent photography magazine) about the concept of the death of actual photographs. I can remember as a child looking at photographs of my parents and laughing at hairstyles and outfits, etc. Going through old snapshots was an exciting adventure that typically happened around holidays with the family. My new digital camera had me thinking about how few photographs I am actually printing (none). This trend is something that I am sure is not just happening with me, but is happening with others at an alarming rate.
So - what will become of the family albums. Will we all gather around the computer screen and look at pixel images. Will we look at photoshop edited "perfect" prints on monitors. Will the storage device that my photos are being placed on become obsolete so that generations later they will not have access to my snap shots.
These are just some of the questions that I was thinking about when I dumped a few photos taken this weekend into the camera's trash.
Even Chris has gone to the dark side. I still maintain my belief that film is better... although no one seems to be listening anymore. Half the beauty of film is the creative exercise one goes through with the developing process.
I'm not one to pitch a product. But I'm going to with this one. Picassa is a great tool for digital camera users. First, it's easy to use (that's the most important in my book). Second, it's cheap (that's always nice). Third, if you're an unfortunate PC user like myself, it's as close as you can get to Apple ease of use.
What is Picassa you ask... Think of it as a photogrpahic timeline that does all the work for you. The program searches for your photos on your computer, puts them in date order, and then allows you to organize them in albums of your choosing. The program automatically updates photos when you attach your camera.
The timeline option is very user friendly. Another great funtion is the slideshow with music option. No more boring silent slideshows... You can jazz up the slideshow with mp3's that go with the photographs. I added monks chanting to my Thailand photo slideshow and it seemed to give the photographs more life!
Anyone looking for an easy way to organize photographs should check this site [www.picassa.net] out. They even offer a free 15 day test period.
So that's my pitch.
It's here! I just haven't quite figured out what to do without any film. Plus, I'm not quite sure I like composing my photograph without looking through a view finder. The camera's most basic functions are idiot proof and easy to operate. I have not ventured past anything more than basic stuff.
I still like film better than digital. However, the ability to delete bad shots without wasting film has its advantages. I will give a more comprehensive review of the camera once I have had more time to try it out. In the meantime, everyone will have to suffer through random photos of my dog - - my apologies in advance.
Say it isn't so... but it is. I just purchased (on ebay) a Canon A60 camera. I know I know - I have repeated, and will continue to repeat, that digital just doesn't match up with film, but I need immediacy in some situations.
I picked this camera: one because it's a canon, two because it has 2 mega pixels (not the greatest, but will serve my purpose) and three because the price was right plus it came with 128mb card (I think that's supposed to be a good thing).
My new toy should be here by the end of the week, or early next week. Mail can be slow in N.O. for some reason. I still maintain my position that film is better than digital - - hopefully I won't be eating my words over the next few weeks.