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Smarter Devices, Dumber Users

As photographic tools become more sophisticated and powerful, says Rafael Rojas, we are tempted to transfer part of our artistic responsibility to these clever devices, with terrible consequences

In 1943, Ansel Adams said: “I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching - there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”

Nowadays, 70 years later, almost everyone has a camera, smartphone or other device that allows an almost instantaneous photography of scenes, with very limited physical, intellectual and financial cost. Technically speaking, these devices are at the cutting edge of technology, and never...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 33 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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