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…

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,…