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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Photographic Ethics
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bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: December 13th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There are already at least three layers of software/hardware/firmware processing between the light coming through the lens and the file one downloads off the chip - the sensors on the chip, the chip itself, the firmware settings of the camera, the "program" used to shoot with, any stabilization algorithms, the JPG compression, de-fringing, de-artefacting, and then ANY program you use merely to view the image (no alterations!) imposes its own interpretation (try looking at the same RGB image in three different browsers on the same monitor at the same time). Then there is the difference between operating systems and monitors (these last are very vexing for any photographer). And then the minute you resize or "save for web", a host of changes are introduced. And this is not to mention cropping etc.

IMO part of my job as a photographer is to deliver to the viewer a version that will help them know what I perceived. This is what "truthfulness" means to me in photography, and it is rarely achieved without skillful intervention in what the camera spits out.
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