Your reasoning is so flawed that it makes Comical Ali blush.Originally posted by FLiNcHY
I beg to differ. Such is the ease of use of a digital camera that if it were to just be used as a point and shoot camera, satisfactory results can be achieved by virtually anyone.
But if u give a SLR camera to anyone, not everyone will be able to achieve satisfactory results.
I'm just saying that digital photography fast forwards the process of learning photography itself. Comparing it to learning how to drive automatic these days and learning to drive manual in the past.
I don't see any reason why someone can become a better photographer just because he/she uses a digital camera. By applying your logic, does it mean that people can be better or faster learners if they use the computer over someone else who only reads books?????
Using a digital camera does not mean that you can take better pictures than someone using a film point and shoot or SLR. There is an added advatage of digital camera over film, and that is only in the ability to view your raw image immediately, NOTHING else that makes a material difference! This is only but one aspect of photography. Almost every other aspect of digital potography and film photography is the same, and if you are dumb to the many many many theoretical aspects of photography, it makes no difference what medium you use. BTW, have you ever used a film SLR before? I am kinda suspicious that you are ignorant of something about a film SLR. Do you know what P mode is ??????
Also, your analogy of learning to drive an automatic car against a manual car is dead wrong. Learning driving is not about simply being able to control your car. Driving is more than that. You need to know the limits of the car's abilities, you need to know how to judge road conditions, you need to be able to anticipate, you need to know how to get from point A to point B without getting lost, you need to know the rules associate with the place that you drive, you need to know how the locals think in the place that you drive, you need to know how gears work, you need to know simple laws of physics like centripedal and centrifugal forces, you need to know about road safety, but most of all, you need to have patience. How does this make controlling an automatic car against a manual car easier to learn to drive, when you consider that controlling the car is only one aspect of driving?????????
If you had just stopped at the point when you said 'digital photography will speed up the learning process for certain types of people', I would think that there is some truth to it, although it would be hard to quantify it in figures. BUT, when I read your analogy that seems to suggest that users of digital cameras will be better photographers than those who use film based ones, then, I can't help but think of you as the other joker in the pack of cards.