My camera is Black – but not a Black Box
During the past few months, I’ve travelled from Canada to Thailand, Australia, Nepal and Turkey by airplane. As we all know, large commercial airplanes have ‘black boxes’ that record the parameters of flight such as altitude, engine performance and pilot conversations.
In many ways, my camera is also a black box. It records the parameters of the photo – shutter speed, aperture, time and date. However, unlike airplane black boxes, the camera does not record my conversation while composing the photo. Not that I talk out loud while composing a photo – Imagine for a moment that the camera could record my mental conversations, thoughts, and envision for what I am seeing in the scene in front of me.
Steve to camera – ‘I am taking this picture because…’
Steve to camera – ‘Lets slow down the shutter speed to blur the people walking by…’
Steve to camera – ‘What if I moved a bit to the left…’
Steve to camera – ‘Lets see what happens if we add +1 exposure to reduce the backlight …’
Steve to camera – ‘What if I…’