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“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” - Dorothea Lange

Dangerous ideas

I love the internet, I also hate the internet, it’s as wonderful as it is terrible. The best thing about the internet, that it is open and democratic, is also the worst thing about the internet.

Sometimes I loath the openness and democracy of the internet because it allows any one to publish anything, the only requirement is a PC with an internet connection. The low barrier for entry means that some really awful things are born on the internet. There are also some truly great web sites, tools and information available on the internet. Even with all of the terrible web sites with their click bait and trollish comments the internet is still a wonderful place.

The problem with most photography web sites, at least the ones I have come across, is that they are poorly designed (and I use the word designed very loosely, designed is a strong word for some web sites), they are full of click bait articles that are poorly written, and trollish comments. What’s even worse than bad design, poor prose, and trollish comments, is that a lot of photography web sites peddle the message that gear and Photoshop will make you a better photographer. The idea that gear and Photoshop can make you a good photographer is a dangerous idea.

Lets get one thing straight, gear and Photoshop will most definitely not make you a better photographer.

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“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” - Elliott Erwitt
Street Focus - A street photography podcast

Street photography documentaries

Before I was a photographer I don’t notice how many other people also had a camera. When I got a camera and became a photographer I realised just how many people have cameras too. Welcome to the “frequency illusion,” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, the term for the phenomenon where by once you notice something you start noticing it more frequently. I experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon again after I watched Everybody Street, since then I have discovered a bunch of other street photography documentaries. The below documentaries are the best documentary films that I have discovered about street photography and street photographers. I’d recommend watching them all.

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” - Seneca
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How many Punch Cards does it take to store one RAW file?

James "Jingles" Ingles - untitled - 28/10/2014

Memory cards, USB thumb drives, and HDDs are common storage mediums familiar to anyone that has used a computer. Some people, particularly younger generations, have never even heard of storage mediums such as Zip Drives, Jaz Drives, Floppy Disks (8”, 5.25”, and 3.5”), Mini Disks, SuperDisk (AKA LS-120) and Magnetic Tape. Most people that used those storage mediums have most likely forgotten about them, does anyone even remember the Magneto-Optical Drive? All of the afore mentioned storage mediums are nothing but casualties of progress, the relentless march of “progress” which waits for nary a person or storage medium.

Most older storage mediums offer only a fraction of the storage space that we enjoy to today. In fact some old storage mediums wouldn’t even be able to hold a single RAW file produced by modern cameras. For example the capacity of the humble 3.5” Floppy Disk was only 1.44MB. You would require 20 3.5” Floppy Disks to store a single 28 MB RAW file.

If you think 20 3.5” Floppy Disks is a bit excessive to store just one single RAW file then stop and ponder how many Punch Cards it would take to store a single RAW file.

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“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” - Alfred Stieglitz