after a few weeks at clubsnap, this is my humble opinion about the photographers here.
IMHO, the photographers here are mainly digital cam users. IMHO, i think that going digital is one of the worst mistakes made in photography. with digital, you can forget about the settings and such, and anyhow take your pics. then preview it on the LCD screen. no good? trash it, then take it again. what is the meaning of photography then? i think that all that 90% of photographers who used digital to shoot and won prizes, that is luck. give them the same scenerio and a manual SLR, and maybe you'll get to see a over/under exposed pic. they have relyed too far on the P mode on most digital cam. this only applies to 90% of digital cam users, ok?
in fact, most SLR users now, holding on to the auto SLR, like EOS 33 or otherwise, still uses the P mode. i think they would fare better with a compact cam.
the advance of tech also made photographers nowadays care less bout the exposure. they think that with PhotoShop, they can alter the brightness and contrast easily. but still,we need photoshop for effects for commercial, but as for personal use, it is a privilege.
gone have the days when photographers would care about the exposure.
gone are the days when photographers would carefully plan ther shots, fearing that they would run outta film.
digital killed photography.