Should We Worship At The Altar of Sharpness?

There are times when I am obsessed with sharpness, and deservedly so. But I am not dogmatic. There can be as many styles of photography as there are people with cameras. In Rebecca Solnit’s River of Shadows, her biography of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, she shares that 19th century impressionist painters derided photography as an art form…

The No-Filter Cult

Yes, we can now instantly publish our photographs for the entire world to see, but it’s a world of critics and dogmatists. I see the smug #nofilter hashtag on social media and snicker at the arrogance of it. In the 1970s I carried a red filter, a yellow filter, a polarizing filter, and a diffusion…

Do You Want Accurate Color or Pleasing Color?

In my past life as a Kinko’s marketing executive, I got an up-close look at the evolution of color printer/copier technology. In the late 1980s, I compared Xerox and Canon copiers to Kodak and Fuji film. The American companies, I believed, put more emphasis on color fidelity, while the Japanese companies strove to produce pleasing colors. Thus,…