Too many posts spoil the shot
I am as snap happy as the next person. I've posted pics of meals on Facebook (and I'm so resisting the urge to post one of my recent Asian meal in Belgium). And two-legged carrots. But with the ease of digital cameras and smart phones to almost instantly capture the moment and share it with the world via FB or Instagram, does it cheapen the experience after a while? I find myself appreciating photos less than before and not only because everyone can master the technical difficulty now with autofocus. It's more a question of the over-exposure (no pun intended).
When everyone puts their vacation pics online, we just scroll through quickly, maybe "like" or comment and move on. We are less amazed and awed by photos. We just expect them, consume them and continue. I don't know about you, but now I find myself pausing more on FB for actual text status updates. The content grabs my attention more than the easily-shared photo. That said, I still share silly photos and expect a certain number of "likes." (More on that addiction another time.)
When people put the craze in the selfie craze
|One of the few shots free of selfie-takers!|
|Classic amateur photograpers.|
|Good thing I left my drone at home.|
We've all seen the busloads of Japanese tourists clicking away at monuments before they are whisked on to their next destination. Or that father of three at Sea World with his state-of-the-art video camera or tablet permanently glued to his hand. But what if we were no better? When we view the world almost exclusively through a lens, do we really see it? Sometimes I find myself taking pics and truly looking at them or enjoying them later. Take the shot, savor the moment after.
It's as if I don't trust my memories anymore and rely soley on my camera to retrace my trip. Have you ever noticed your eye can pick up so many more details than the lens of your smartphone anyway? Unless you have a truly sophisticated camera (and the iPhone ones do come close) you are missing some of the definition and lighting that only the human eye can really capture.
Everything in moderation, including pictures
I am certainly not anti-photography and consider myself a bit of an amateur photographer. I will still take pics and so will you. But maybe I should think before I shoot. And appreciate while I shoot. Photography is still an art, and one that is more and more accessible to us all. But, please, less silly selfies!
I'll leave you with one pic that might actually be worth more than a hundred words. My baby doll absolutely pooped after our zoo trip.