Photographers who started out with film, and now use digital, can weigh-in on this:
I have this hypothesis, that's been bugging me all week. And I could be being (← grammatical error?) extra anal here, but bare with me.
I've mainly been wondering if the mentality/psychology in pressing the shutter button—that split second when you click and capture an image—has changed for photographers, once they switched over to digital, from film? And if further, the lack of upbringing and experience in film is a deficiency, or crutch, holding back, and/or diluting, the quality in digital photography today?
I feel that the knowing photographers had, of the amount of shots in each roll of film, and its associated costs, consciously pushed them to be hyper aware of their action, when pressing the shutter button. Further, if even subconsciously, their senses became extra sensitive and did a better job at capturing an image, at a more specific instant in time. We could be talking milliseconds here, of when the mind signaled the finger to press, and capture the image.
In other word, knowing that I have a limit on how many shots I can take, and how much each shot costs, pushed me to:
1) be lethally focused of/on the scene, and shot.
2) subconsciously, by design of nature, became extra sensitive and aware of the image and when to release the shutter button.
Flipping the coin, with digital, producing sub-par quality, due to the approach that:
1) I can take endless shots.
2) I can select the best one later.
3) I can Photoshop it.
I think these three latter thinking and escape is the cause of so many atrocious imagery we've been seeing in the digital age.
Love to hear your thoughts.