Guruprasath had asked me to write a little bit about the technical (and other) aspects of photography. Fifteen years ago I used to publish my pictures regularly, and was never without a loaded camera (Nikon FM2 or Pentax Spotmatic) shooting usually on Tri X 400asa b/w film (the standard choice of most photojournalists those days). I switched to digital just three years ago, and I must confess it was a huge struggle that left me wondering at times. I completely endorse the huge advantages that this format offers, but I must outline a few critical issues that I am only now being able to resolve.
Firstly, color accuracy. With digital cameras, this is not only related to correct exposure but also to color temperature/ white balance. In layman’s terms, a digital sensor perceives white as grey, and one ends up compensating to ensure accuracy of various colors according to their predominance in the frame. Secondly, digital images seem to lack the crispness and depth that film could achieve very easily; one needs to be a bit more careful in altering one’s visual/vertical perspective (a technique propagated by some Japanese graphic designers) to give better clues about the spatial relationships between different objects in your frame.
That said, my passion for photography is consonant with, or should I say complementary to, my spiritual pursuit. My advance course teacher, the amazing Philip Fraser (have you heard his flute playing?) used to admire photographs because they were an attempt to freeze a moment for eternity, something that would appear to be the very antithesis of what we teach!
PS: I try to keep my camera equipment as simple as possible — currently a Canon EOS 400D with a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens ( I do have a Canon 70-200 f4 L IS USM lens for special occasions!) — with a BG3 battery grip and a 4gb card. I make minimal corrections to my images (color balance, sharpening etc) in iPhoto itself, and do not use Photoshop (yet)