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Digital Cameras

December 7, 2008

For the most part, digital cameras are pretty sweet, but I’m starting to wonder if they do more humiliating than honoring. With film cameras, you had to be careful what you snapped because you only have 36 chances for important, well thought out photos. Plus, you had to pay to get each of those developed. Now you can take hundreds of photos that few will ever see…until you become pregnant.

Natural HabitatThis large belly of mine has grown a lot in the last couple months, and Nick has done a stellar job of capturing that growth. He has developed a new ability to take photos of me without me knowing (in my natural environment, he calls it), and has become an e-mail pen pal with Ann. I’m kind of curious which pictures he’s sending. I’m sure all of the pictures he’s sending are good examples of my basketball belly, but part of me wonders if he’s sending the ones I want to delete (or just did a few minutes ago).

So here’s the question at hand – do you delete the photos or let them sit in your image folders on the computer for eternity? I know they existed at one point, but does the rest of the world need to know? And how about deleting them immediately from the camera as you’re taking the pictures? We get to see the image immediately after taking the picture so we can immediately decide if it’s good enough to keep. We’re all growing increasingly impatient from the advances in new technology and not taking time to think through little things like taking pictures.

Jim Brandenburg – nature photographer – spent 90 days in Northern Minnesota and parts of Canada a few years back and only brought enough film with him to take one photo a day. His editor thought he was nuts, but he produced some pretty amazing photographs that he was only able to capture because he was patient and thoughtful. Is that possible with digital cameras? Can we limit ourselves to capture one image of our subjects without looking at the preview and decide to keep it or try again? And on that note, how has this new habit developed from digital camera fever affected other aspects of our lives?

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