Just imagine the photographer is the teen we all talking about
Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera (#7 Sean Lee Davies)
you're always happy with your shots? that every shot you take is of the perfect setting (aperture/focus/ISO/shutter speed)?
that you have never taken some photos then go home to realise it was the wrong setting (or could've been better), and that you chould have/should have used another setting?
that you never missed a shot due to adjusting your settings?
if no, means you're even more pro than most professional photographers liao. i am 100% certain that even pros does not have 100% perfect everytime.
if yes, then you'll benefit from technology, when it does arrive.
embrace technology! it takes the fun out but helps you bits! (just like how vehicle assist technology in F1 makes the car more boring to drive but sometimes makes them drive better, cos even F1 drivers are humans, sometimes mistakes and misjudgements are made!).
Yes, technology making taking photos easier. I remember the time when we have to go to kodak center to get our photo negative developed and only after that can I see what type of craps I have taken... and a roll of film wasted. This was not the case anymore when I can go trigger happy, then delete all the photo that I found crap, with my new digital camera, and I can easily shoot at any angle I wanted at a scene without having fear that I am wasting money (film... well... one roll of film is not cheap. and so you don't go 'experimenting').
However, having said that, there is no way you could take the skills and eye of a photographer away. That is what make the difference between two person with camera, one of them a good photographer (with the matching skills and techniques and an eye for the art) and another a joe with no skills but a good and high and mighty camera.
Well.. the joe with excellent camera gears might get a sharp and excellent photo but that would just be the same crap that is sharper and crispier. While the good photographer got the million dollar shots.
Like it or not, technology do help a lot, but unless the computer could do the thinking for you and tell you when to press the shutter release, you cannot replace skill with technology. And even if the computer is that smart, and could do that for you... then you will be seeing heaps of photographs that are the same throughout with no uniqueness, why? because every Tom, Dick and Harry can buy the same camera and the computer in those cameras are the same and so all the shots that came out are the same.
Also don't believe too much that post processing can do all the trick. Sure, as technology evolve... it can do most of the tricks... but if you could get things right in the first instant, would you still want to spend all your time behind the desk PPing all the obvious problems that should in the first place be avoided?
Personally, I know where you're coming from. Following your line of argument, you don't even need to focus on getting the right shot or angle, just the right time. Technically speaking a super-advanced camera would probably be able to form a minimap of the whole place and "move" so that you can change your perspective and angle at whim. In fact, technology might progress to a point where you can just send your teleporting imaging device out to catch a sunset while you're still back home, and just spend most of your time adjusting it accordingly to suit your taste. That would be a sad day for me- a huge part of photography for me is the "gamble" and effort I put into travelling to a place, "finding" an angle to make sure I nail it in camera. Photography would be a lot less fun without all these things in your theoretical situation.
referring to TS's original post .... whether its, skateboarding, cars, motorbikes, stereo, fishing, cycling, painting, drawing, photography.... such comments always exist in one form or another
Often its just an off-the-cuff comment borne out of ignorance and not intentionally to hurt and yes we all feel like pulling out our hair when we hear cheap words make light of our activity
Good to point out the finer aspects of our hobby and maybe generate new entrant into photography
Anyway, I am never against new technology. I like them... I hope they do all the thing I wanted... it make life sooooo simple.
i think what's happening here is that sometimes technology is a threat to some people, cos it makes people redundant (remember 3 decades ago when computers were introduced, and the office secretaries were loath to embrace it cos it made them redundant), likewise, overdose on technology will bridge the gap between a pro and a noob, meaning anybody with a keen eye or a gift can do what a pro can do once technology allows a person to bypass all the configurations now required. you no longer have to count on your years of experience to get the right settings quickly with as little manipulation as possible. it'll be simply point and shoot, and let the tech takeover choosing what's really best, seeing what the eye cannot even see on the little LCD.
1 simple example is DSG gearbox. you no longer have to keep practicing your manual gear shifting to be fast, cos no matter how fast, DSG will be faster than you at gear changes. though still not very reliable now, it is still pretty ok (especially the wet DSG gearboxes) and can only become more reliable once they iron out the crap.
sidetrack.. bathtubs are shams to me.. i only used my twice in 4 years.. lol.. i guess all the PUB ads on saving water has drilled into my generation..
the eye, style, skill, techniques, thought process, creativity, story etc can never be replaced by automation.
it's not about the threat of technology, but the lack of awareness of how we get the image and the cost we bear is being belittled by ignorance, or people out to exploit photographers to save money.
With new technology advances, will come new skills to learn and master.
With all the the computers nowadays, yes, the secretary's job is much diminished. But a ton of other jobs are created, like the different kinds of IT professionals out there, not to mention the developers out there.
Human element will always be there. Be it one way or another.
Theres no right or wrong answer ts, my suggestion you better not fall on her ....
In such cases, I sling my camera aside... whip out my phone/snap/add filter and show them my nicer photo! They usually agree, because the angle/perspective/exposure/moment shows through!
Technology helps, but having the necessary skills and photographic vision is equally important