A lost Exit78 post, recovered from Internet Archive WayBackMachine; March 2011
I took this photo on May 12th in the Clinton Library in Little Rock. With the light background, it appeared that all I had of the fellow I was taking a picture of was a silhouette.
I was taking photos and so was this gentleman, except that I noticed that he was using film. After every shot, he would roll the film to the next position. Wit the number of photos that I’ve taken over the last several month, I certainly do not miss that — or changing the film out when I get to the end of a roll — or the expenses of the film and getting it developed.
It’s taking a bit of trial and error practice, but I am learning to be more effective with my digital image editing software. Without a darkroom, there’s no way that I could have salvaged the above picture other than as a silhouette. However, with with the software, I was able to obtain this image — without losing any of the background. That is just so cool!
Comments on “Digital photography is just so cool!”
October 6, 2007
dcr @ 8:23 pm
Digital pictures are great. For one thing, you no longer have to go through the extra stop of scanning them in, which usually results in a lower resolution. Well, I guess it depends. Sometimes, you can end up with a better photo than the original (if you tweak it). Other times, you lose fine details. I commented on another blog about my double rainbow photo–I’ve never been able to scan it in without losing the rainbow. Perhaps it would be better if I could scan in the negative, but I don’t have a scanner with which I could do that.
I get pictures that look bad on the camera’s screen, but look okay on the computer. Sometimes you need to adjust them, other times you don’t. Conversely, sometimes I get pictures that look great on the camera, but not so good when I get them on the computer. I’ve learned not to delete any pictures while still in-camera (unless they are obviously no good) just so I don’t lose anything that might be usable once I can play with it in Photoshop.
Someday, I’ll have to get a newer camera. Mine is about five years old now, and I don’t think they even make the kind of memory card it uses anymore. And it doesn’t have the kind of resolution that newer cameras have. Still quite usable, but still, the higher resolution you can start with, the more you can do with tweaking them.
teeni @ 8:24 pm
Wow – that is impressive to see what a difference between the photos. It seems you are picking up on this stuff awfully fast, Mike! Nice job.
October 8, 2007
Opal Tribble @ 5:24 am
It’s impressive what you can do with software. I know exactly what you are talking about.
I don’t miss film camera in the regards I would eventually like to work with a film camera again. I’ve always wanted to learn how to develop my own film. I already have a digital darkroom at home.
Rose @ 2:00 pm
That is impressive Mike. Nicely done!