[I enjoyed reading the article, as it touched a point close to my heart. I
think that with exceptions, the internet has been a millstone about the
neck of photography, allowing everyone with a room temperature IQ to flood
us with stupidity. A big example is the quest for ultimate sharpness in a
photo, delivered by the latest greatest lens. I have gotten sick of reading
posts about what is the sharpest lens for my latest camera of the month. No
one that makes these posts is able to recognise that, at the very least,
when you get the latest sharpest lens, it will be replaced in a few months
by something newer and sharper, and anyway, how does a sharp lens make
photos better? Did Cartier-Bresson always aim for ultimate sharpness?]
[Photography has been taken over by a crowd of technicians who lack any
So ... I think this just as accurately describes every field: religion,
politics, sports, parenting, history, archaeology, on and on.
On the other hand, I find my store of knowledge has increased (e.g., take
a bow, Moose, AG, and the rest of you.)
I have to admit, it does lead to a bit of intellectual laziness -- on a
relevant topic, I can pretty easily find out what the rest of you have
thought about it, without me having to do extensive research other than
scanning prior posts.
So thanks, all.
PS: room-temperature IQ is too high a bar to describe a lot of what we
see. But it's the cost of our doing this business.
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/