In an era where a photo can be taken and any number of creative filters applied to transform the mundane into awesome, is photography still an art form?

I inherited these fairly common cameras, and I’ve used each at least once. The Konica, as well as the Kodak on the left, both have exceedingly sharp lenses, and my understanding of exposure was vital to produce excellent images with each camera.

Today, I can’t imaging trying to teach photography without digital SLRs. The immediate feedback I can provide to improve both the student photographer’s eye and his/her understanding of settings is transformative. Still, I struggle to help my students to understand that the art of photography lies in making images, not taking them.

Immediate gratification and rapid posts to social media, it seems, have eclipsed the thoughtful machinations which belie sound photography. This artform will fade unless young photographers are taught that craftsmanship and an eye for the significant is more important than a banal image which garners a few hundred likes.

© Brad Skiff


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